Calhoun to Direct/Choreograph 9 to 5 Tour; Starts in Nashville Sept. 2010

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9 to 5: The Musical will launch its first national tour September 21, 2010 at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center in Nashville. Additional tour cities include Chicago, Atlanta, Seattle, St. Louis, Tampa, Costa Mesa, Charlotte, St. Paul, Indianapolis and Dayton among others.

9 TO 5: The Musical had its world premiere engagement in Los Angeles at the Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre on Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008 and opened on Broadway at the Marriott Marquis Theatre on April 30, 2009. 9 to 5: The Musical was nominated for four 2009 Tony Awards® including Original Score and received a record breaking 15 Drama Desk nominations including Outstanding Musical.

9 to 5: The Musical marked the Broadway debut of seven-time Grammy Award winning singer, songwriter and musician Dolly Parton as composer and lyricist.

"I couldn't have asked for a better experience on my first Broadway show," said Dolly Parton. ‘I've had the privilege of working with an amazing group of people who have become like family to me. I can't wait for this show to hit the road so people across the country can see why I'm so proud of everyone involved. And I'm so pleased that we'll be opening the tour in Nashville. Great things happen in Nashville."

9 to 5: The Musical is a hilarious story of friendship and revenge in the Rolodex era. This is the story of three unlikely friends who conspire to take control of their company and learn there's nothing they can't do -- even in a man's world. Outrageous, thought-provoking and even a little romantic, 9 to 5: The Musical is about teaming up and taking care of business... it's about getting credit and getting even.

WOR Radio said ‘You will love this show! 9 to 5 is a real 10!" Other reviewers agree. The Associated Press calls it "A certified crowd pleaser!" and the Daily News sums it up by saying "it shines! Dolly Parton's songs are bouncy, big hearted, fresh & original. If you're looking for a diversion, 9 to 5 will do the trick from 8 to 10:15!"

This new musical comedy, direct from Broadway, is based on the hit movie and features Dolly Parton's original hit title song along with her new Tony Award® and Grammy-nominated score. The book is by Patricia Resnick (co-writer of the original screenplay). The touring production

will be directed and choreographed by Tony nominated, Jeff Calhoun. "I met Dolly Parton as a chorus kid dancing in the film ‘The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas' only a few years after ‘9 to 5' was already a hit movie. It was a thrill to work with her then and an honor and privilege to be entrusted to direct and choreograph this exciting new tour of 9 to 5: The Musical" said Mr. Calhoun.

The co-choreographer is Lisa Stevens, scenic design by Ken Foy, costume design by five time Tony Award® winner, William Ivey Long, lighting design by Tony Award® and Drama Desk Award winner, Ken Billington, music supervision by Stephen Oremus and casting by Telsey + Company.

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