Dolly Parton, really only a country music star at the time, could've never dreamed what a gold mine she had been offered when the call came for "9 to 5."
Starring alongside Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, Parton helped the hilarious, horrible boss flick become one of the biggest blockbusters of 1980. She also penned and sang the No. 1 song of the same name, establishing herself as a pop culture diva. It's a status she has maintained ever since through numerous film roles, hit songs, sold-out concert performances and, yes, Dollywood.
But Parton's winning relationship with "9 to 5" had really just begun with the movie. The musical, featuring her music and lyrics, premiered on Broadway a few years ago and has since embarked on successful tours of the United States and U.K.
Now, it's being staged locally with the Players of Sarasota's production of "9 to 5" opening today. Parton's Doralee Rhodes will be played by Alana Opie, Tomlin's Violet Newstead character will be played by Nancy Denton and Fonda's Judy Bernly will be played by Eve Caballero.
George Naylor has landed the role of lecherous boss Franklin Hart.
Jared Walker is the director, choreographer and musical director while newcomer Ken Mooney has designed the sets and the costumes with the assistance of projection designer Jerry Chambless. Mike Wood is lighting design and John Reynolds is scenic designs.
Details: Feb. 14-24, The Players Theatre, 838 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Tickets: $25 for adults and $12 for students. Information: 941-365-2494 or theplayers.org.
-- Wade Tatangelo