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“9 to 5 The Musical” opens March 9 at AFD—and you need a seat in this office!

Grab a coworker or friend to join you at the next Arlington Friends of the Drama production “9 to 5 The Musical,” with music and lyrics by Dolly Parton and book by Patricia Resnick, and based on the seminal 1980 hit movie.

Set in the late 1970s, this hilarious story of friendship and revenge in the Rolodex era is outrageous, thought-provoking, and even a little romantic.

Pushed to the boiling point, three female coworkers concoct a plan to get even with the sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot they call their boss. In a hilarious turn of events, Violet, Judy and Doralee live out their wildest fantasy – giving their boss the boot! While Hart remains “otherwise engaged,” the women give their workplace a dream makeover, taking control of the company that had always kept them down.

Production dates are March 9-11, 16-19, and 23-25, Friday and Saturday  nights at 8 PM and Sundays at 4 PM.  There is a chance to walk the red carpet, snap a selfie in the lobby and enjoy a champagne reception on opening night. A talk back with the cast is scheduled after the show on March 11.

Seasoned director Paul Murphy is at the helm with the assistance of music director Anthony Sacco and choreographer Brad Robinson.

The AFD production stars Katie Pickett, Krystal M. Scott, and Johanna Perri in the top three roles as Violet, Judy, and Doralee while Patrick Harris plays the hateful Franklin Hart.

The show also features Becky Penner Ruccio, Sean McLaughlin, Michael Hogman, Lennie Chasse, Caroline Barrett, Julia Arey, Jackie Marchetti, Tricia Akowicz, Dan Murray, Christian Huot, Harmony Turk, Miriam Cross, Elizabeth Hassett, Jamie Lin, and Phyllis Wyckoff Uloth.

“9 to 5 The Musical” is produced by Ginger Webb and Barbara Moss, with stage management by Clare Pitkin Livak and Robin Liberty, set design by Margaret Umbsen, lighting by Iain Bason, costume design by Anna-Constantia Richardson and Vickie Wu, set dressing and props by Charlotte Kelley and Christina Hourican, sound design by Tom Powers, hair and makeup design by Deanna DiSciullo Lander, and set tech by Charlie Carr.

“With One Look” You’ll Fall in Love with “Sunset Boulevard”

With hauntingly beautiful songs like “With One Look,” a cast that includes Janet Ferreri, and a creative team led by director and choreographer Kevin Mark Kline and musical director Steven Bergman, you will fall in with AFD Theatre’s “Sunset Boulevard.”

Performances are March 3-19 with Friday and Saturday shows at 8 PM and Sunday matinees at 4 PM. Tickets are $25.

Opening night is just weeks away so get your tickets now! In the meantime, enjoy these rehearsal shots captured by Mary Babic, plus some set photos and backstage images from Kevin Mark Kline.

Did you know? The legendary Gloria Swanson created the role of Norma Desmond in the 1950 Billy Wilder movie on which the musical is based. Patti LuPone starred as Norma in the original London production. Glenn Close was Norma in the original Broadway production and is currently reprising her Tony award-winning performance in a Broadway revival.

Janet Ferreri in AFD’s Sunset Boulevard Janet last appeared on the AFD stage in “The Boy from Oz,” in which she played the role of Judy Garland. If you saw “The Boy from Oz,” you know why we’re thrilled to have her return to bring our Norma to life!

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