Show Palace Entertainment presents 9 to 5: The Musical, now through February 24, 2013.
9 TO 5: THE MUSICAL is a hilarious story of friendship and revenge in the Rolodex era. 9 TO 5: THE MUSICAL tells the story of three unlikely friends who conspire to take control of their company and learn there's nothing they can't do -- even in a man's world. Join Violet, Judy and Dora Lee as they take on Franklin Hart, a sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot while learning more about themselves and each other. Outrageous, thought-provoking and even a little romantic, 9 TO 5: THE MUSICAL is about teaming up and taking care of business... it's about getting credit and getting even!
9 to 5: The Musical is a musical based on the 1980 movie of the same name, with music and lyrics by Dolly Parton. It features a book by Patricia Resnick, based on the screenplay by Resnick and Colin Higgins. The musical premiered in Los Angeles in September 2008, and opened on Broadway in April 2009. It received 15 Drama Desk Award nominations, the most received by a production in a single year, as well as 4 Tony Awards nominations. The Broadway production however was short-lived, closing in September 2009. A national tour of the US launched in 2010, followed by a UK premiere in 2012.
Karla Hartley (Director) received a BFA in Theater Studies from Boston University in 1992. Directing credits include: Greetings, Ladies at the Alamo (Boston) , The Seahorse, Christmas With Elvis, Girl Detective, Cut the Ribbons (Florida tour), I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change, Always, Patsy Cline, The Goat or Who is Sylvia?, The Mystery of Irma Vep, Jewtopia, Hats! The Musical (Florida tour), Boston Marriage, The Rocky Horror Show, Waistwatchers, the world premiere of Party Animals by Kathie Lee Gifford and David Friedman, Young Dramatists' Project '09, Respect, Little Dog Laughed and And Baby Makes Seven, Holiday Party of One, Sylvia. She was recently named Best Director 2009 and2012byCreativeLoafing. 813-731-7926
MICHAEL T. SEBASTIAN (Music Director) PRE-BROADWAY: A Tale of Two Cities, Asolo Repertory; Wonderland, Straz Center; Zelda, Flat Rock Playhouse. REGIONAL: I Love You, You're Perfect , Now Change, Menopause The Musical, The Last 5 Years (Director/ Music Director), Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Ruthless, The Musical (Joel Paley- Director/Playwright), Ethel Waters, His Eye Is On The Sparrow (Arranger/MD), Asolo Repertory Theatre, Peterborough Players, Cincinnati Playhouse, St. Louis Rep, Ogunquit Playhouse,Florida Studio Theatre & Cabaret, Gateway, Mac-Hayden, Golden Apple Dinner Theatre. INTERNATIONAL: Oliver! (starring Bill Hayes & Susan Seaforth Hayes) Far East Tour. Mr. Sebastian has performed internationally as conductor/ soloist with The Lancaster Symphony Orchestra, Toledo Symphony, Florida West Coast Symphony and with artists Bernadette Peters, George Benson, Eugene Ormandy, & Mstislav Rostropovich. He has served as Resident Music Director for Florida Studio Theatre, Golden Apple Dinner Theatre and as Artistic Director for East Village Cabaret. Visit Michael at www.MichaelSebastian.info .
Ericka Womack-Brown (Choreographer) is a singer, dancer and choreographer who has performed for various events and companies across the country to include Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. Her Busch Gardens choreography credits include The Awakening, Let's Get Loud, Motown II, Midnight Hour, Kinetix and Blood Relations. This is her first production with The Show Palace and is very excited to be apart of it.
*Susan Haldeman (Violet Newstead) - Proud member of Actors' Equity Association. Susan just completed a run of A Funny Thing...Forum (Domina) at Theatreworks in Naples, FL with Eddie Mekka from Laverne and Shirley. National Tour: Phantom (Florence). Regional: The Sound of Music (Mother Abbess), Mame (Gooch & Vera), Joseph....Dreamcoat (Narrator), Steel Magnolias (M'Lynn), H2$ (Smitty), & Thoroughly Modern Millie (Mrs. Meers). I dedicate this show to all of the powerful women who have influenced my life in some way, but particularly: Sheryl, My Mommy, My Mudder, My Grandma,Muntzie, Jamey & Carly (my sisters), Sara D. & Nance (and, of course, my favorite, Lily Tomlin). Thank you to Matthew McGee for trusting me with this dream role and Karla Hartley, Dominic Bisesti and the cast & crew for the adventure!