STAGE TUBE: '9 to 5's Dolly Parton Receives Honorary Ph.D.

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The new Broadway musical-comedy, 9 To 5: The Musical starring four-time Emmy Award winner and Tony Award nominee Allison Janney, Stephanie J. Block, Megan Hilty, and two-time Tony Award nominee Marc Kudisch began preview performances on Tuesday, April 7, 2009 and opened on Thursday, April 30, 2009, at the Marriott Marquis Theatre (1535 Broadway).

9 To 5: The Musical marks the Broadway debut of seven-time Grammy Award winning singer, songwriter and musician Dolly Parton as composer and lyricist. Dolly Parton has been nominated for a Tony Award Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre.

Dolly Parton also has a new title. "Just think, I am Dr. Dolly!" she said Friday after receiving an honorary doctorate of humane and musical letters from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.

The audience of 1,069 new graduates from the College of Arts and Sciences roared with laughter and gave Parton a standing ovation. Parton, a Tennessee native who is the fourth of 12 children from a poor Appalachian family, is well-known for her philanthropic work. Her Imagination Library sends a book to about 500,000 children each month from birth until they start school.


The playing schedule for '9 to 5' is as follows: Tuesday at 7pm; Wednesday thru Saturday at 8pm; Sunday at 3pm; with matinees on Wednesday and Saturday at 2pm. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster.com (212-307-4100) or at the Marriott Marquis Theatre Box Office and range from $126.50 to $66.50.

 

 


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