Photo Flash: STAGES presents 9 TO 5, THE MUSICAL This Summer
A bright and brand new production for STAGES St. Louis, Dolly Parton's smash hit 9 to 5, The Musical makes its STAGES debut at the Robert G. Reim Theatre in Kirkwood. Join three female coworkers in the Rolodex era as they explore friendship and revenge. You will laugh, cry, and ultimately cheer their exploits as they discover the joys of working 9 to 5. This show will run from July 21st through August 20th.
Based on the seminal 1980 hit movie starring Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda, and Dolly Parton, this hilarious musical romp is outrageous, romantic and even a bit thought-provoking while its heroines attempt to break the glass ceiling and take control of the company that has always kept them down. With more than a dozen upbeat and charismatic songs by country superstar Dolly Parton, this musical will keep your toes tapping while Violet, Judy, and Doralee live out their wildest fantasies.
The cast of 9 to 5 includes:
Broadway Actress Corinne Melançon stars in the production as Violet Newstead. Returning to STAGES, Melançon appeared last season as the title role in The Drowsy Chaperone and as Mother Superior in Sister Act. Melançon recently completed an 11-year run on Broadway in Mamma Mia! and has appeared in several other Broadway shows, including Kiss Me, Kate, Jekyll & Hyde, Big, and My Fair Lady. Other New York credits include appearances at Carnegie Hall and Radio City Musical Hall.
New York Actress Laura E. Taylor returns to STAGES staring as Judy Bernly. Taylor was most recently seen in STAGES' 2016 production of The Drowsy Chaperone and the 2015 production of Anything Goes. Taylor has appeared in Mame at the Kennedy Center and in the National Tours of Oklahoma! and Disney's Beauty and the Beast. Regional credits include Thoroughly Modern Millie, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, and The Producers.
New York Actress Summerisa Bell Stevens makes her STAGES debut staring as Doralee Rhodes. Stevens has appeared regionally in West Side Story, Smokey Joe's Café, Hairspray, Mary Poppins, and in the National Premiere of Zorro.
Broadway Actor Joe Cassidy also stars in this production as Franklin Hart, Jr. Making his STAGES debut, Cassidy most recently has appeared on Broadway as Cal in Waitress opposite Jessie Mueller. Other Broadway credits include If/Then, Catch Me If You Can, Next to Normal, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, and Show Boat. Cassidy has also appeared throughout New York at Madison Square Garden, 54 Below, Joe's Pub, and Ars Nova. TV/Web credits include "Blue Bloods", "Elementary", "Law & Order", and "Submissions Only".Additional cast members include St. Louis favorites: Zoe Vonder Haar as Margaret (this marks Zoe's 65th production with STAGES), Kari Ely as Roz (in her 25th season with STAGES), Steve Isom as Dick (in his 51st show with STAGES), John Flack as Detective and Leah Berry as Missy Hart.
The creative team for the production includes: Michael Hamilton (Direction and Musical Staging), Dana Lewis (Choreography), Lisa Campbell Albert (Musical Direction), James Wolk (Scenic Design), Brad Musgrove (Costume Design), Sean M. Savoie (Lighting Design), and Stuart M. Elmore (Orchestral Design).STAGES would like to thank Edward Jones (Corporate Sponsor), Merry and Jim Mosbacher (Production Sponsor), Piening Family Fund (Outreach Sponsor), and Anonymous & Donald and Michelle Reedy (Thursday Matinee Sponsor).
Single tickets are on sale now and prices range from $25 - $60. Two-show subscriptions are still available. STAGES' Mainstage productions perform in the intimate, 377-seat Robert G. Reim Theatre at the Kirkwood Civic Center, 111 South Geyer Road in St. Louis, MO 63122. Each Mainstage production will run for a total of five weeks with matinee and evening performances Tuesdays through Sundays.
Due to popular demand, two additional matinees have been added Thursday, July 27 at 2pm and Thursday, August 3 at 2pm.
STAGES St. Louis is the region's foremost not-for-profit company committed to preserving and advancing the art form of Musical Theatre through excellence in performance and education. In 2017, STAGES celebrates its 31st year of producing Broadway-quality theatre, presenting 140 performances from June through October to nearly 50,000 patrons.
STAGES St. Louis is grateful for the support of the Regional Arts Commission, and has been funded in part by the Arts & Education Council. In addition, financial assistance has been provided by the Missouri Arts Council.
All photos by Peter Wochniak
Laura E. Taylor (Judy Bernly) and the cast of 9 to 5 the Musical
Summerisa Bell Stevens (Doralee Rhodes) and the cast of 9 to 5 the Musical
Corinne MelanÃ§on (Violet Newstead) and the cast of 9 to 5 the Musical
Cast of 9 to 5 the Musical