First, Music legend Dolly Parton wrote additional songs to go along with her hit 9 to 5 from the 1980 movie of the same name. Then original screenwriter Patricia Resnick adapted the movie script. The result was a hit movie morphed into a hit Broadway musical... And the Walpole Footlighters are opening their 96th season on October 25 with 9 to 5 The Musical.
All the women working in the office of Franklin Hart, Jr. agree that he’s a sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot, and those are his good points. Longtime office “mother hen” Violet Newstead, misunderstood employee Doralee Rhoades, and newly divorced office newcomer Judy Bernly become an unlikely trio of co-conspirators when they seize an opportunity to send Mr. Hart on an “extended business trip.” In Hart’s absence, they give the office a dream makeover, taking control of the company that has always kept them down. But what will happen when Hart returns?
Jamaica Plain resident Denise Feeney returns to the Walpole Footlighters stage as one of the other downtrodden female office workers in Franklin Hart’s employ. Feeney previously appeared with the Footlighters as the Aviatrix in The Drowsy Chaperone and as Gretchen in Boeing, Boeing. She is also well known in community theater circles as an award winning scenic artist for her work painting sets.
“Woman power! Also fabulous talent, and enjoyable and familiar songs!” said Feeney when asked why audience will enjoy the show.
Performances of 9 to 5 The Musical will be given at the Walpole Footlighters Playhouse (2 Scout Road, East Walpole). Evening performances will be given on October 25 and 26, and on November 1, 2, 8, and 9, and matinee performances on November 3 and 10. Visit footlighters.com for more info.