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The ladies take charge in ‘9 to 5’

By From page B4 | July 19, 2017

The 67th Music Circus season continues with the hilarious “9 to 5 The Musical,” featuring a score by country music legend Dolly Parton. Based on the beloved hit movie, this office place comedy comes to the round stage for the first time in Music Circus history. Performances of “9 to 5” are Tuesday, July 25, through Sunday, July 30 at the Wells Fargo Pavilion.

“9 to 5” is a satire following the lives of three office mates who rally against their male chauvinist, tyrannical boss. Cheer for “girl power” as Violet, Judy and Doralee, three underpaid, overlooked and underappreciated secretaries, battle against sexism in the work environment. It’s a rib-tickling story of friendship and revenge written by Patricia Resnick coupled with a Tony Award-nominated score by Dolly Parton; songs include “Backwoods Barbie,” “Always a Woman” and the Grammy Award-winning title song “9 to 5.”

Music Circus favorite Vicki Lewis returns as Violet Newstead in 9 to 5 after appearing at Music Circus in “Anything Goes,” “Funny Girl,” “Gypsy,” “Into The Woods” and “The Little Mermaid.” In addition to her Broadway appearances in “Chicago” and the Tony-nominated revival of “Damn Yankees,” Lewis has extensive film and television credits.

Anne Brummel, making her Music Circus debut as Judy Bernly, appeared recently as Donna Sheridan in “Mamma Mia!” at Theatre Aspen, after wrapping a six-year journey playing Elphaba in “Wicked,” both on Broadway and on tour.

Tricia Paoluccio will play Doralee Rhodes, adding to her Broadway appearances in “Fiddler on the Roof” and “A View from the Bridge,” as well as her television work on “Orange is the New Black” and her recurring role on AMC’s “Feed the Beast.”

In his 10th Music Circus season, Broadway veteran Paul Schoeffler will play the role of Franklin Hart, Jr.; his previous Music Circus roles range from Henry Higgins in “My Fair Lady” to Captain Hook in “Peter Pan” to King Arthur in “Camelot.” His Broadway appearances include roles in the acclaimed recent revival of “Sunset Boulevard,” “Rock of Ages,” “Sweet Charity,” “Beauty and the Beast” and “Cyrano.”

Kristine Zbornik will be playing the role of Roz Keith, which she performed in the first national tour of “9 to 5.” Additionally she has toured in “Wicked” and appeared on Broadway in “A Catered Affair” and “Mamma Mia!”

The cast for “9 to 5” also includes the following ensemble members: Music Circus regular Doug Carfrae, Ixchel Cuellar, Michael Dotson, Meghan Faddis, Devon Hadsell, Karissa Harris, Karen Hyland, Eric Anthony Johnson, Joe Komara, Adam Lendermon, Stephanie Maloney, Dino Nicandros, Dennis O’Bannion, Connor Wince and Jessica Wockenfuss.

“9 to 5” will be directed by Glenn Casale, a highly respected figure in international theatre who has directed more than 50 productions for Music Circus and Broadway Sacramento over the past 20 years; his extensive experience includes work on Broadway, off-Broadway and in some of the country’s most prestigious regional theaters.

Choreographer is Mara Newbery Greer, a veteran performer who has worked on Broadway, national tours and regional theaters across the nation. Musical Director Jeff Rizzo has more than 80 Music Circus productions under his belt and travels the world conducting tours; his work as a prolific composer includes the scores for “Jailbirds on Broadway” and “Wanna Play?!”

Tickets for “9 to 5” start at $45 and are available by phone at (916) 557-1999, online at tickets.com or in person at the Wells Fargo Pavilion box office, 1419 H St. in Sacramento. Evening performances are Tuesday through Saturday, July 25-29, at 7:30p.m.; matinée performances are Thursday, July 27, and Saturday, July 29, at 2 p.m. and Sunday, July 30 at 3 p.m. For more information visit SacramentoMusicCircus.com.

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