Pictured: Leah Swank-Miller
Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre has announced the cast and creatives for the musical 9-5 with music and lyrics by Dolly Parton and book by Patricia Resnick and based on the 1980 hit movie starring Parton, Lily Tomlin, and Jane Fonda.
Directed by Artistic Director Karen Paisley, the production features Katie Karel (Judy Bearnly), Hannah Freeman (DoraLee Rhodes), Leah Swank-Miller (Violet Newstead), John Cleary (Franklin Hart Jr), Cori Anne Weber (Margret), Jeff Smith (Joe), Lauren Pope (Missy), Michael Golliher (Dwayne), Valerie Bracken-Dykes (Roz Keith), Samuel Culver (Josh), Olivia Cabrara (Maria), Bob Paisley (Dick), Ray Zarr (Tinsworthy), Scott Salem (Bob Enright), Deanna Mazdra (Ensemble), and Chelcie Abercrombie (Ensemble).
Pictured: Katie Karel and Hannah Freeman.
The creative team includes Loren Bridge (music direction), Leah Swank-Miller (choreography), John Story (sound design), Shannon Smith (costume design), Karen Paisley (light and scenic design), Scott Wilson (head carpenter), and Elizabeth Bowman (scenic artist).
(from the press release): 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 co-workers 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. Hey, a girl can scheme, can’t she?
9-5 runs May 11-21st. For more information visit metkc.org.