Music and Lyrics by Dolly Parton
Book by Patricia Resnick
Based on the 20th Century Fox Picture

MUSIC AND LYRICS BY DOLLY PARTON BOOK BY PATRICIA RESNICK | POP / ROCK | CAST SIZE: 11-20

  • About the Show

    Pushed to the boiling point by their boss, three female co-workers concoct a plan to get even with the sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot they call their boss. They conspire to take control of their company and learn there's nothing they can't do -- even in a man's world. Set in the late 1970s, 9 TO 5: THE MUSICAL is a hilarious story of friendship and revenge in the Rolodex era. Outrageous, thought-provoking, and even a little romantic, 9 TO 5: THE MUSICAL is about teaming up and taking care of business.

    This high-energy show is ideal for a large, mostly female cast. With its jubilant score and easily relatable characters, 9 TO 5: THE MUSICAL is the perfect show for community theaters or high schools.

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    Synopsis

    ACT ONE

    Scene 1: The show begins with the familiar vamp of the tune “9 to 5”, and we hear a voiceover of Dolly Parton welcoming everybody reminiscing about what it was like to be a secretary back in 1979. As the Ensemble comes in and sings, we meet Violet, the working Mom, and her son Josh; we also meet sexy country-gal Doralee and her husband Dwayne; and the new gal, Judy.

    Scene 2: We’ve arrived at the Office Bullpen. Violet is introduced to Judy, and Violet discovers Judy’s husband left her for a younger woman, and that Judy doesn’t have much work experience. She shows her the ropes with “Around Here,” along the ensemble. During the song, Violet also introduces Judy to Doralee, and the other gals in the office.

    Scene 3: We meet Franklin Hart in his office. He is the epitome of the pompous, smarmy boss. Violet introduces Judy to him, and Hart immediately proves just how smarmy he is. He sends them off to fetch his coffee. Doralee comes in for dictation, and we find out Hart tried to hit on her, but so far she has fended him off. Hart sings to her “Here For You” about how much he wants her. Mrs. Missy Hart comes in, and we find out she wants hart to take her on a cruise. The women leave, and Hart finishes the song vowing to have his way with Doralee.

    Scene 4: In the Filing Room, Violet and the office gals are gossiping. Joe approaches, and learn that he has a thing for Violet, but Violet is reticent because Joe is younger.

    Scene 5: Back in the Xerox room, Judy is desperately trying to clean up a mess of papers everywhere -- Hart berates her. Violet gives some advice, that she can’t let the others see her cry. Judy begins “I Just Might,” during which her husband shows up to drop off the divorce papers. We transition to Violet and Josh at home, where she is fixing the garage door. We learn Josh want his mother to relax, and he offers her a doobie. She has him put it in her purse. We transition to Doralee and Dwayne at home, and learn that Doralee feels constantly judged by the other women at the office. Dwayne gets her to buck up, and to remember that Texans never quit. The three sing the trio “I Just Might” in their respective spaces.

    Scene 6: Back in the Bullpen, the secretaries get ready to leave for lunch. Maria is convinced the men make more money than the women, while Judy is getting overwhelmed on the phone bank. Doralee asks about for someone to grab lunch, but even Violet and Judy won’t let her join their lunch reservation. She sings about being misunderstood and misjudged in “Backwoods Barbie.”

    Scene 7: Meanwhile, Violet confronts Hart in his office for giving a promotion to Bob instead of to her. Hart calls in Doralee to fix his chair, and we learn that Hart has been saying he’s been sleeping with Doralee -- which is why the office has been shunning her. Violet storms out, and Doralee confronts Hart for his lie. She storms out, and Roz comes in to tell him of Maria’s attempt to find out salary information of the office employees. Roz then confesses her feelings for Hart, and the two sing the duet “Heart to Hart.”

    Scene 8: Violet and Doralee are by the elevator, angry. Judy comes and tells them hart fired Maria, and the three go off to smoke Violet’s doobie - or to “take a coffee break.”

    Scene 9: The gals are in Violet’s living room. The gals indulge one at a time in their own fantasy of how they’ll get revenge on Hart in “Dance of Death” for Judy, “Cowgirl’s Revenge” for Doralee, and “Potion Notion” for Violet.

    Scene 10-12: The next day in the coffee area, Violet is complaining to Joe about having to shop for rat poison and having to make Hart’s coffee. They have a moment. During this, Violet mistakenly pours rat poison instead of sweetener into Hart’s coffee. Hart comes in and makes a crack about Violet, and Joe almost manages to confront him. In the mix, Violet realizes her mistake and rushes to Judy and Doralee in the Ladies Room. She tells them what has happened, and they agree to wait and see what happens, that a few teaspoons of rat poison probably won’t harm him. The entire exchange is overheard by Roz, in a neighboring stall. Roz rushes to the elevator bank to tell Hart he’s been poisoned, and Hart concocts a plan to hide, while Roz tells the gals that he’s been rushed to the hospital in critical condition.

    Scene 13: At the hospital, the gals have arrived to try and find Hart. They overhear a cop talking about a guy being killed by poison. They assume it’s Hart, and try to find his body. Violet grabs a doctor’s coat, and impersonates a doctor, but they don’t find him.

    Scene 14: They head back to the office to try and hide the evidence. Doralee goes into Hart’s office to find his coffee cup and Hart appears, scaring her. Hart tries to blackmail her, saying he’ll call the cops -- whereupon Doralee hogties him with the phone cord. Judy and Violet, and the three decide to take him hostage with the rousing song “Shine Like the Sun,” where they hide Hart in Violet’s garage.

    ACT TWO

    Scene 1: Back at the office, Roz is looking for Hart. She is extremely concerned he hasn’t called her back. Violet realizes they have to find a way to blackmail Hart to keep quiet. In a ploy to keep Roz at bay, they find a second set of cooked accounting books in Hart’s office. They just have to trace the money back to Hart. They also decide to post some changes from Hart “while he’s away”, to make the office a little better. They dream of being CEO, “One of the Boys.”

    Scene 2: The gals send Roz off on a language immersion course in French to get her off their trail (“5 to 9”).

    Scene 3: Ten gals put into effect some of their office changes, including rehab for Margaret and daycare for the other ladies. “Change It” is a big production number with the whole office getting in on the act.

    Scene 4: Joe missteps, saying that someone else must be running the office since he’s enjoying coming to work so much. The gals disperse, but Violet stays, and eventually tells Joe the truth of their ploy. Joe offers to help with the cooked books, but wants Violet to go out with him. They sing to each other in “Let Love Grow.”

    Scene 5: Back at Hart’s House, Judy is checking in on Hart. However, she has been followed by her ex-husband, Dick. Things didn’t work out for Dick and his new flame, so he’s back -- but when Judy goes in to check on Hart, Dick see’s him bound and asks her why she never did that with him. Judy mans up, and tells him to “Get Out and Stay Out.”

    Scene 6: Meanwhile, Violet, Joe and Doralee are in Hart’s office finalizing their evidence against Hart, when Hart bursts in with Judy and Doralee’s gun. He escaped and turned to tables on Judy. They try to get him to put the gun down, and explain they know about his stealing money from the company. But Margaret enters and announces that the Chairman of the Board, Mr. Tinsworthy is on his way up.

    Scene 7: Tinsworthy arrives, wanting to know who is responsible for the 20% upswing in company productivity. Hart tries to tell him about the gals taking him hostage, but Violet preempts him, and comes clean. Tinsworthy thinks it’s all a joke, and is impressed by the changes, and wants to send Hart to Bolivia for the next big operation there. In the exit, Violet is put in line to be CEO to replace Hart. The company sings “9 to 5” as Dolly concludes the tale with what happened after to each character.

    Casting Information

    Cast size: Medium (11-20), Flexible
    Cast Type: Mainly Women, Star Vehicle - Female, Strong/Large Chorus
    Dance requirement: Standard (Musical Staging/Some Dance/Optional)
    Casting notes: Character Breakdown


    DICK: Judy’s soon-to-be ex-husband. An average guy, he is sporting a little less hair and a little more paunch than he did ten years ago.
    Male, 35-45 yrs old

    DORALEE: A young, sexy spitfire who works at Mr. Hart's office. She is proof that there is more to a woman than just her looks.
    Female, 20-30 yrs old

    DWAYNE: Doralee’s attractive husband. He is very supportive of her professional pursuits.
    Male, 25-30 yrs old

    ENSEMBLE FRANKLIN HART: One of the firm's executives and a notorious chauvinist. He is capable of faking charm but usually shows his true colors as an arrogant, self-absorbed boss.
    Male, 45-50 yrs old

    JOSH: Violet’s awkward teenage son.
    Male, 15-18 yrs old

    JUDY: The "new" girl at the firm, she has been burned by her husband's affair and is searching for personal empowerment. Insecure, determined, and hopeful.
    Female, 30-35 yrs old

    ROZ KEITH: The attentive office gossip queen and snitch. She has an unrequited love for Mr. Hart and will do anything she can to win his approval.
    Female, 35-45 yrs old

    VIOLET: The company's Head Secretary and Mr. Hart's Administrative Assistant, she is a single mother and typically stands up for what she believes in. Attractive, strong, ambitious. Female, 40-50 yrs old

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