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9 to 5
July 18 – August 4
- CAST & CREATIVE
Grab your lunchbox, roll up your sleeves and pour yourself a cup of ambition as the music of Dolly Parton goes to work in this Long Island premiere. When the trappings of the daily grind and a greedy, abusive boss become unbearable, three working-class friends create an unorthodox corporate takeover—from the bottom up! Nominated for four Tony Awards, including Best Score, and a record 15 Drama Desk Awards, Parton's debut as a Broadway songwriter showcases her classic anthem “9 to 5,” as well as new compositions with country, pop and Broadway influences. This new American comedy, adapted from the film of the same name, will resonate with anyone who has ever earned a paycheck!
|ERICA AUBREY (Judy Bernly) is thrilled to be back at Gateway where she earned her first professional credit playing a Munchkin in The Wizard of Oz! She most recently played Shelby in the 10th Anniversary Production of The Spitfire Grill directed by the show’s composer, James Valcq. Favorite New York credits include: Music in the Air for the City Center Encores! series and Museum Pieces at The Prospect Theater Company. Regional credits include: American Folklore Theater, Casa Mañana, Flat Rock Playhouse, Florida Studio Theatre, and Merry-Go-Round Playhouse. Love and thanks to Miles, her wonderful family, the team at REM and Michael Rodriguez at The Roster!|
|TIM BARKER (Dick/Tinsworthy) most recently performed in the Off-Off Broadway production of Body Language (Active Theater). Prior to that he performed the role of Freddie Fillmore and fifteen other voice characters in the Mile Square Theater production of It’s a Wonderful Life. Off Broadway/National Tour: Twelfth Night/Tartuffe with The Acting Co. Regional: Two River Theater Co, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Peninsula Players, Stratford Shakespeare Festival (Canada),Chicago Shakespeare Theater, CTC Minneapolis. Film: Newlyweeds, Alter Egos. TV: Law & Order, 30 Rock, Unforgettable, Royal Pains. Fun facts about Tim...has opened for Liza Minnelli, shared the small screen with Dick Van Dyke, played NCAA Division III basketball, and currently can be seen in a Fiber One commercial. Tim is a graduate of SCPA in Cincinnati, OH and holds a BFA from Webster University in St. Louis, MO. TMB-you rock my world!!|
|SARAH BEHRENS (Ensemble) is excited to be joining the cast of 9 to 5!! She is a graduate of Oklahoma City University with a Dance Performance degree. Regional: West Side Story, Legally Blonde, Spamalot, Guys and
Dolls. Tours and Cruises: Dublin World- Wide Productions, Royal Caribbean. Film: How Do You Write a Joe Schermann Song. Thanks Mom and Dad for all the continuous love and support! LOVE YA!!
|PETER CARRIER (Joe/Ensemble) was born and raised outside of Boston and graduated from Ithaca College’s BFA Musical Theatre program. Since then, he has performed Off-Broadway and regionally at theatres including the Engeman Theatre, Westchester Broadway Theatre, Arizona Broadway Theatre, Bleecker Street Theatre, and the Lucille Lortel Theatre, as well as on Norwegian Cruise Lines. Some favorite credits include Damn Yankees (Joe Hardy), Guys and Dolls (Sky Masterson) and Sunset Blvd (Joe
|ROSHARRA J’NAE FRANCIS (Ensemble) is a native of Odessa, Florida. Off-Broadway: 4@15: Casual Bob: Staged Reading (Roy Arias Theatre Center) NY: Parade (The Secret Theater, NY) Regional: Sweeney Todd, Berlin to Broadway (NYU), Smokey Joe’s Cafe, MaCabaret (The Palladium Theater Initiative, St. Petersburg Florida), On the Town, Hairspray, Rusalka (Vocal
Arts Symposium, Colorado Springs, Colorado), Tenderland, Ain’t Misbehavin (SMU). Graduate of Pinellas County Center for the Arts; B.M. Southern Methodist University/ Meadows School of the Arts; M.M. from New York University/Steinhardt.
|BETH GLOVER (Margaret/Missy u/s Roz Keith/ Violet Newstead) is thrilled to be here! 5 National tours; Favorite Credits - New York: Take Me Along, Irish Rep.; Counsellor at Law, Peccadillo – Both shows Drama Desk Noms. Regional: Big Edie/Little Edie, Grey Gardens, TheatreWorks -Palo Alto, CA --SFBACC Best Actress Award; As You Like It, Shakespeare Theatre Co., DC; World Premiere The Good Girl is Gone, Playwrights Theatre of NJ. Commercials, TV, Netflix latest Film—Immigration Tango. Beth’s one woman show was critically acclaimed. Her country single was critically ignored.
|BECKY GULSVIG (Doralee Rhodes) is happy to be working 9 to 5! Broadway: Legally Blonde The Musical (Original Cast), Hairspray (Amber Von Tussle). Tours: Legally Blonde (Elle Woods-1st National, Helen Hayes nomination, special performance on the Tony Awards), Peter Pan (Wendy). Regional: …Forum (Philia), Grease (Patty Simcox), Lawyers Lovers and Lunatics (Eve), Baby Case (Ginger Rogers/ Studio Sister). TV: All My Children (Jeannie Campion), MTV airing of Legally Blonde The Musical. Thanks to my awesome family!|
|SCOTT HAMILTON (Ensemble u/s Dwayne) is excited to be returning to Gateway Playhouse this summer! International tours: My Fair Lady (Dance Captain), Dancing Queen, and The Spirit of Christmas. Regional: My Fair
Lady, Damn Yankees (Mickey). Film/TV: “Oprah’s Farewell Spectacular”, OWN, Oxygen, White Collar. WMU grad and proud Michigander. All my love to my family and friends!
|NATHAN SCOTT HANCOCK (Ensemble) is thrilled to make his Gateway debut, especially in a show written by his fellow Tennessean, Dolly! He just graduated from The Boston Conservatory in May and is transitioning to the Empire State. Favorite performances include Strike Up the Band (Spelvin), Twelfth Night (Feste), as a soloist in The Boston Pops’ Baseball on Broadway and in Goodspeed Opera House’s Festival of New Artists- playing the lead in a new musical workshop. Nathan loves to travel, swim, hike, eat ice cream, and watch his nerdy collection of nature documentaries. Thanks to YOU for coming to support live theater and our show! www.nathanscotthancock.com|
|JONATHAN HOOVER (Bob Enright /Ensemble u/s Joe) is thrilled to return to Gateway having last appeared as Mike in A Chorus Line. Other favorite credits include Mark in Altar Boyz, Henrik in a Little Night Music, Jack in Into the Woods, Matt in the Fantasticks, Nanki Poo in The Mikado and the International tour of Broadway’s A Chorus Line. He would like to thank the entire Gateway family for welcoming him back to perform in one of his favorite childhood films turned musical.|
|DREW KING (Ensemble) is thrilled to be working “nine to five” for his Gateway debut! A recent graduate of Fordham University (BA International Studies and Spanish). Past performances include George M! (Westchester), White Christmas (Paper Mill), My One and Only (Goodspeed), CTFD 25th Anniversary Gala (City Center, NYC). Endless gratitude to all my teachers, family and friends, and my new Gateway family.|
|BILLY MARSHALL JR. (Josh/Ensemble) Born and raised in Denver CO. Billy studied Musical Theater at the Univ. of N. Colorado. After graduating Billy moved to NYC in 2009. Credits include (off-Broadway) Theater for the New City; The Perfect Trio - Dan, Dog Mouth- Wilmer (Regional) Arundel Barn ME; Millie - Jimmy, Babes in Hollywood -Mickey Rooney (TV/Film) Kenny Connected- Kenny, Gossip Girl - Featured U5. Billy would like to thank his
family, Debbie, and the Cast/ Crew.
|CARRIE MCNULTY (Violet Newstead) is absolutely ecstatic to be a part of this amazing company and show! Some favorite regional credits include: Drowsy in The Drowsy Chaperone, Aurora/Spiderwoman in Kiss of the Spiderwoman, Velma Kelly in Chicago, Charlotte Hay in Moon Over Buffalo, and Nina/The Mistress in The Good Doctor. Carrie received her MFA in acting from Penn State University. Lots of love and thanks to Erik, Mom and Dad, Lisa Price and Scot...none of this would be possible without you!|
|JACLYN MILLER (Kathy/Ensemble/Dance Captain) is very excited to be making her Gateway debut! National Tours: Happy Days (Swing/ Dance Captain) Regional: Soul Doctor (Parker Playhouse), The Who’s TOMMY (Berkshire Theatre Festival), Chicago (Ogunquit Playhouse). Additionally, Jaclyn has had the great pleasure of working as an Assoc. Choreographer around the states. Credits include: Joseph... (Lyric Theatre), She Loves Me,
and Pirates of Penzance (Oregon Shakespeare
Festival). A special thank you, as always, to Mr.Mac.
|BRIAN PATRICK MURPHY (Dwayne/Ensemble) Credits include: Legally Blonde (UPS MAN,1st Nat’l), Dog Sees God (Matt, Off-Broadway), The Who’s Tommy (Lover, Europe/Japan) Titanic (Jim Farrell,Tour). An actor/trainer/teacher/director/choreographer/motivational speaker and lover of life. Love to friends/family, my Capt., The Brotherhood of the Dragon and my nephews K and Q! For Megan Cralle, “Meet me in the Land of Hope and Dreams.” www.markfisherfitness.com|
|AMANDA PHILLIPS (Ensemble) is so grateful and excited to be here and a part of 9-5! Gateway Playhouse: West Side Story (Jets Girl), Legally Blonde (DA Joyce/ ensemble), Spamalot (ensemble). MWVTC: Cats (Victoria), Fiddler on the Roof (Chava), Cabaret (French/ Kissing Couple). Other credits include: Nina (The Seagull), Shelby (Spitfire Grill), Crazy for You, and Sweet Charity. Love and endless thanks to my family, Josh, and Katie for your
|EDWARD STAUDENMAYER (Franklin Heart Jr.) starred on Broadway in Wonderland and in Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me. He’s had a 17 year association with Forbidden Broadway, taking him Off-Broadway, around the world, onto three cast recordings, and recently, a stint as director for the Tampa production. Tours and regional productions include Spamalot, Beauty and the Beast, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Joseph…, Cats, Noises Off and recently A Room With a View at the Old Globe. Currently Associate Director of Off-Broadway’s Sista’s.|
|SALLY STRUTHERS (Roz) is a two-time Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award winner for her performances in the groundbreaking TV series All in the Family. She starred in the Fox television series 9 to 5 and her own CBS series Gloria. Her last two series were the CBS comedy Still Standing and the CW network’s highly acclaimed Gilmore Girls. Sally was heard as the voice of the teenage dinosaur “Charlene Sinclair” in the ABC primetime series Dinosaurs. She is also the voice of “Pebbles Flintstone” on the Pebbles and Bam-Bam cartoon series and the lead female character on the popular Disney cartoon Tailspin. Ms. Struthers’ television movies include: A Gun in the House, And Your Name is Jonah, The Great Houdinis, Hey, I’m Alive, In The Best Interest of the Children, Deadly Silence, My Husband is Missing, and Intimate Strangers. Sally co-starred in two legendary motion pictures in the 70’s: Five Easy Pieces with Jack Nicholson and The Getaway with Steve McQueen and Ali McGraw. She was also featured in two independent films: Out of the Black and A Month of Sundays with Rod Steiger. She made a cameo appearance for actor/writer/producer Mario Van Peebles in the Sony feature Baadassss! Sally’s first two Broadway forays were in Wally’s Café with Rita Moreno and Jimmy Coco and Neil Simon’s female version of the Odd Couple with Brenda Vaccaro. For three years she starred as “Miss Mamie Lynch” on Broadway and on tour in the Tommy Tune production of Grease. In the 20th Anniversary National Tour of Annie, Sally played the coveted role of “Miss Hannigan”. Sally was named Best Actress by the Los Angeles Artistic Director Theatre Awards for her role as “Louise Seger” in the musical, Always, Patsy Cline, a true story based on the relationship between Seger and Cline. She won the 2003 Ovation Award as Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her performance as “Agnes Gooch” in the Los Angeles production of Mame, and won a second Ovation Award for Cinderella. Additional starring roles includeregional productions of Hello, Dolly!, Anything Goes, The Fifth of July, Cat On a Hot Tin Roof, and The Full Monty, Fiddler on the Roof, Chicago, All Shook Up, Drowsy Chaperone, Curtains, Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, and Legally Blonde. For thirty years, Sally Struthers has worked tirelessly to help the hungry and uneducated children everywhere. She has visited these children in many Third World countries, and has filmed numerous public service announcements and documentaries on their behalf. In recognition of her devotion to children and animals, Sally has received numerous humanitarian awards. Sally’s daughter, Sam, however, is her favorite child.|
|AMY VAN NORSTRAND (Ensemble u/s Dora Lee Rhodes/Kathy) is thrilled to join the cast of 9 to 5! In December, Amy graduated from Point Park University with a BA in Musical Theater and a minor in Dance. Most recently, Amy was seen in 42nd Street (Ensemble/Phyllis u/s) at the John W. Engeman Theater. Other credits include Thoroughly Modern Millie (Alice), Evita (Ensemble), Peter Mills’ Illyria (Maria), and The Light in the Piazza (Ensemble) at the Pittsburgh Playhouse. Amy also was seen at the Triarts Playhouse for her 42nd Street debut as Phyllis! Amy would like to dedicate this performance to her grandmother Donna for constant love from above.|
|KAREN WEBB (Ensemble) After recently tapping her way around the stage in Westchester Broadway’s production of George M!, Karen is now thrilled to be a part of 9 to 5, performing in her 7th show at Gateway and making her stage debut at Ogunquit Playhouse! From GA to NYC... Thanks so much to my amazing family and friends for their continual support! Enjoy the show y’all!
|RACHEL ARIELLE YUCHT (Maria/Ensemble u/s Judy Bernly/Missy/Margaret)
is freakishly excited to make her Gateway debut! Most recently she performed with the Folksbiene Yiddish Theatre at The Town Hall, honoring Neil Sedaka. Off-Broadway: Kids & Yiddish; From the Golden Land at Lincoln Center. Other favorite credits: Cabaret (Fritzie; Sally u/s) at Seacoast Rep; Summer of Love (Willow) at the Ogunquit Playhouse; Sweet Charity (Charity). The biggest thank you to all for this amazing opportunity. This is for her devoted & loving parents, who have always worked PAST 5pm so she could pursue her dream.
|KEITH ANDREWS (Director) is beyond excited to be back at Gateway directing 9 to 5 and to be working with Sally Struthers again. Keith directed and choreographed My Fair Lady earlier this season and last season’s production of Spamalot. He has also directed the Playhouse’s productions of The Full Monty, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (starring Joe Piscopo), The Wedding Singer, My Way (the Sinatra Tribute), Cold as Ice, Urinetown, 2009’s Holiday Spectacular on Ice, Happy Days, and Avenue Q. He has directed the National Tours of The Full Monty and Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh. Other recent directing/choreography credits include: The Drowsy Chaperone, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Always... Patsy Cline, Dames at Sea, Breaking Up is Hard to Do, Barnum, Pump Boys and Dinettes, Little Shop of Horrors, The Pirates of Penzance, Big River, and Forever Plaid, to name a few. As a choreographer, Keith has recently worked on the world premiere of Love, Incorporated and has received an Innovative Theater Award for Best Production of a Musical and nomination for Best Choreography for his work on the new show- Like You Like It. On the ice, Keith has directed and choreographed Home for the Holidays- a Celebration on Ice, starring 2010 Olympic Gold Medalist- Evan Lysacek, and Silver Medalists- Charlie White and Meryl Davis, as well as two productions of Stars, Stripes and Skates, a benefit on ice to support survivors and families of 9/11. As a performer, Keith has toured all over the world with shows such as: West Side Story, Mame, Jesus Christ Superstar and the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. In educational theater, Keith directs and choreographs student industry showcases at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in NYC as well as having directed many musicals at the USDAN Center for the Performing Arts, here on Long Island. Keith thanks the Gateway family for keeping him around a bit longer this time. KeithAndrewsonline.com.
NIKKI LINT (Production Stage Manager) is enjoying her honeymoon here at Gateway! Gateway credits include Cats and My Fair Lady. Other Stage Management credits include Maltz Jupiter Theatre, Second City, Forbidden Broadway, and American Girl Theatre, among others. Nikki was a Production Assistant on the 1st National Tour of Mary Poppins, and is a graduate of The Theatre School at DePaul University. Proud member of Actors’ Equity
|RICHARD LATTA (Lighting Designer) Richard designs lighting for plays, musicals, dance and events, and also Projection Design as a visual researcher. Recent credits: South Pacific, Cabaret, Holiday Memories, Miss Saigon, Legally Blonde, Music Man, Summer of Love, Avenue Q. Projection: The People in the Picture and Thurgood (Bway) and the opera Moby Dick. Resident Designer for Ogunquit Playhouse since late 1980s. Teaching Artist for American Ballet Theatre.|
|TREVOR BOWEN (Costume Designer) is glad to be back with Gateway Playhouse, credits include: Costume design: 9 to 5 (Gateway Playhouse 2012) Sunset Boulevard (Gateway Playhouse 2011), Twist and Shout (Gateway Playhouse 2010), The Exceptionals (CATF 2012) Race and We Are Here (CATF 2011), Inana and The Eelwax Jesus Pop-up Music Show (CATF
2010), History of Light (CATF 2009) Assistant costume design: Three Sisters, Steppenwolf Theater Jess Goldstein costume designer; February House, The Public Theater Jess Goldstein costume designer; Long Wharf Theatre 2011 2012 Season; Hamlet; Arkansas Repertory Theatre Margaret McKowen
costume designer; Opus, Two River Theater Company Lesley Sorenson costume designer, shopper for My Fair Lady , Virginia Stage Devon Painter costume designer, Shopper for Let Me Down Easy, Long Wharf Theatre, Ann Hould Ward costume designer. M.F.A. West Virginia University.
|ROBERT ANDREW KOVACH (Scenic Design) is excited to return to the Gateway Playhouse. Off Broadway: White’s Lies, The Sphinx Winx and Imagin Ocean (Drama Desk Nom.). National Tour of All Shook Up. Regional Designs: Walnut Street Theatre, Paper Mill Playhouse, TUTS, MSMT, Fulton Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Phoenix Theatre, and others. Robert is a proud member of United Scenic Artists (USA 829). Special thanks to Allen and the entire Gateway team. www.KovachDesigns.com|
|ANDREW AUSTIN (Musical Director) Andrew is a composer, pianist and conductor currently living in Baltimore, MD. After graduating from college, he moved to NYC where he worked at several arts schools while free-lancing as a conductor at many theatres and universities in the New York area. Since that time, Andrew has music directed almost 100 productions of operas and musicals across the country. As a composer, he has participated twice in the Golden Fleece Opera Company’s Square One Series in New York. He has also had several of his operatic work presented in readings in New York and Virginia. In spring of 2011, Andrew graduated from James Madison University with a Master’s degree in music composition. Currently, he is pursuing his doctorate at the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, studying with Kevin Puts. This is Andrew’s fifth show at Gateway, most recently West Side Story last season.|
|GERRY MCINTYRE (Choreographer) Gerry’s credits include that of a Director, Choreographer, and Broadway performer. Director/Choreographer: for Soon of a Mornin at Off-Broadway Lions Theatre, Once On This Island at Martin Beck Theatre, Virginia Stage, Actors Theatre of Louisville, and La Mirada Theatre (Robby and Drama Logue Award for Best Director, Ovation nomination for Choreography and Best Musical), Aint Misbehavin at Actors Theatre, Chicago at Ogunquite Playhouse (BroadwayWorld 2010 Best Choreographer Award), Joseph… Dreamcoat starring Diana Degarmo and Anthony Federov at Lyric Theatre, Bells Are Ringing at Pasedena Playhouse, and Anything Goes at Madrid Theatre. As Choreographer: The Who’s Tommy and A Chorus Line at Berkshire Theatre Festival, Urinetown and Candide at Connecticut Rep, Sammy & Me at The Alliance Theatre, Soul Doctor (World Premiere) at Le Petit Theatre, Side by Side at Berkshire Theatre Festival, A Saint She Aint at Westport Playhouse, and Laura Comstock’s Bag Punching Dog (LA Weekly nomination Best Choreography); Television includes Rosie O’Donnell Show, Designing Women, Major Dad, and Golden Palace. His broadway performer credits include Once On This Island (original cast), Anything Goes, Uptown It’s Hot, Joseph… Dreamcoat (including the movie with Donny Osmond), and Chicago. Also performed in the Documentary, After the Storm.|
Dan's PapersGateway’s “9 to 5” is Outrageous Fun
July 25, 2012
Funny. Inspiring. Outrageous. Those words describe perfectly the Gateway Playhouse’s production of “9 to 5.” From the casting to the music and everything in between, “9 to 5” must be one of the most entertaining musicals you’ll ever have the pleasure of seeing.
The show begins with a witty introduction by the true southern belle herself, Dolly Parton, as her image is projected on a giant clock hanging from the ceiling. Parton sets the stage for Violet, Judy and Doralee – three very different working class women in a man’s world.
The opening scene – “9 to 5” – sets your head bopping as the cast throws themselves into the number with high-energy dancing and spirited singing. We meet our leading ladies – Violet, the ambitious widowed mother, Doralee, a (married) Texas blonde bombshell who teaches us not to judge a book by its cover and finally there’s Judy, played by the beautiful Erica Aubrey, who for the first time in her life finds herself alone (divorced from a man who left her for his secretary) and determined to make her own way in the world.
Violet, played by the talented Carrie McNulty, takes pity upon Judy, who is starting her first day at Consolidated Companies and has no office experience whatsoever. Violet takes Judy under her wing, giving her tips and pointers on how to survive life in the company in the upbeat number “Around Here.”
All three women work for Franklin Hart, Jr., played by Edward Staudenmayer, a sexist, domineering and lecherous man – yet I found the character very difficult to hate. Staudenmayer has a strong stage presence, a powerful voice and he oozes sexual charisma. Hart lusts after his secretary Doralee and makes no secret of it. Doralee, played by the vivacious Becky Gulsvig, brushes off his flirtatious behavior, until she discovers that Hart has been spreading rumors that they are having an affair. It’s as Doralee belts out the heartfelt “Backwoods Barbie” that we fall for this southern belle. Gulsvig’s Dolly Parton twang is spot-on, and she brings the country girl character to life in every move she makes.
Headlining the show is funny gal Sally Struthers, who plays Roz, the besotted executive assistant who pines after the playboy Hart. The audience was laughing out loud as Roz danced provocatively around Hart’s office during her number “Heart to Hart.” Struthers has impeccable comedic timing, and she portrays the middle-aged Roz to hilarious perfection.
Our three heroines (or villains, depending on who you’re asking) bond together over a joint and their hatred of Hart on a lunch break. Each lady in her drug-laced stupor fantasizes about what she would do to Hart to pay him back for all the wrong he’s done. Judy fantasizes she is an unforgiving femme fatale; Doralee is a cowgirl gone bad, and Violet is a deranged Snow White.
In a turn of events that will leave you holding your stomach with laughter, the women kidnap Hart and lock him in his house, manacled. They form a plan to run the company as they see fit. With Doralee’s help in forging Hart’s signature, the women make a host of changes.
So what is the fate of Violet, Judy and Doralee? In an ironic twist, Hart is able to escape, but a surprise visit from the CEO of Consolidated Companies, Mr. Tinsworty, leads to a hysterical scene in which Hart claims the three women are responsible for everything that has happened at the company over the last few weeks – and that they kidnapped him and held him captive in his own home. Tinsworthy congratulates the women on their success – and laughs at Hart’s theatrical story of kidnapping.
It’s a musical that’s a mixture of song, dance and a whole lot of crazy. By the end, you’re up on your feet, dancing and singing along with the cast.
Don’t miss “9 to 5,” playing through August 4 at the Patchogue Theatre. Gateway will wrap up it’s 63rd season with “Phantom of the Opera” Aug. 22 - Sept. 9. For tickets visit www.gatewayplayhouse.org.
The Long Island AdvanceGleeful revenge in Dolly Parton’s “9 to 5: The Musical”
July 26, 2012
An energetic dance rouser opens this Gateway production at the Patchogue Theatre with Consolidated office staffers performing their wake up rituals, standing on the subway, stopping at the crosswalk, exiting the elevator and stepping to their desks at their sterile workplace. No joy here from 9 to 5. But the three women who’ve had it with their sexist, leering, pompous boss who sneers at their talents and hard work are looking to change all that.
That can’t happen until they turn the tables on the lout. And that’s where the fun begins. Whooee!
Dolly Parton wrote the music and lyrics for the show, which debuted on Broadway in 2009 and won 15 Drama Desk Awards. The 1980 movie was a huge comedy hit and the story takes place in the 1970s, when women’s lib was gaining footage. The movie starred Jane Fonda, Lilly Tomlin and Dolly Parton. It was a great career launcher for Parton, who by the way, pops in and out with commentary via projection.
Violet Newstead played by Carrie McNulty is the smart, efficient senior office supervisor who deserves the CEO spot. Becky Gulsig is the wowee Doralee Rhodes, the va-voom secretary to Franklin Hart, the man every woman should hate. An intelligent cookie, Doralee has to fight prejudice from women because she’s so gorgeous. The timid single mom who walks in without any office experience, but needs a job is Judy Bernley, performed by Erica Aubrey. Judy’s husband ran off with his secretary. Oh happy day. No money. No support. She gets a break under Violet, and becomes a trainee.
Sally Struthers is hilarious as Roz Keith, executive assistant and corporate snitch, always lurking around a corner or hiding in the bathroom, who’s secretly panting for her boss. Her “Hart to Hart” number, rolling on his desk, rubbing his picture on her bosom, kicking up her fish-net stocking legs in the air with the ensemble cast is a pure memory maker.
Edward Staudenmayer plays Franklin Hart, Jr. with exquisite overt sliminess. The revenge plot the three cook up to get their man in the worst way is a great comedic roster of unlikely, over-the-top schemes that work. Doralee packs a gun in her glam bag, threatening to change Hart from a rooster to a chicken in one shot, when she finds out Hart’s been telling everyone she’s been sleeping with her in a belly laugh exchange and the fantasy sequence the women dream up while smoking pot is delicious. Doralee is decked out as a Texas cowgirl who ropes Hart in and brands his hiney; Violet is a beautiful princess a la Snow White. Guess which potion Hart gets?
The women all have fabulous voices. From Gulsig, who’s played Elle on Broadway in “Legally Blonde” who belts out a country western “Backwoods Barbie,” to McNulty who sings a poignant “Let Love Grow” with Joe, who wants to be her suitor, to Erica Aubrey, whose Judy’s stand up anthem to her husband “Get Out and Stay Out,” is a knock-out-of-the-box stunner to Struther’s comedic singing, these women have talented pipes.
The ensemble keeps the pace hopping and you may recognize some of the talented orchestra members on keyboard, bass, drums, guitar, trombone and trumpet.
Revenge is sweet. It’s also funny. The audience cheered several times when the girls hung in there, taught their boss a lesson and turned Consolidated into a productive work place as well as a joyful, happy one, just like the musical, from 9 to 5.
Dolly Parton’s “ to 5: The Musical” is playing until Aug. 4 at the Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts. For information or tickets, call 286-1113.
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|Violet Newstead||Carrie McNulty*||
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|Doralee Rhodes||Becky Gulsvig*|
|Judy Bernly||Erica Aubrey*|
|Franklin Hart, Jr.||Edward Staudenmayer*|
|Roz Keith||Sally Struthers*|
|Dwayne||Brian Patrick Murphy*|
|Josh||Billy Marshall Jr.|
|Maria||Rachel Arielle Yucht|
|Bob Enright||Jonathan Hoover|
|Candy Striper||Amy Van Norstrand|
|New Employee||Nathan Scott Hancock|
|Ensemble Men||Tim Barker*, Drew King , Scott Hamilton, Nathan Scott Hancock,
Jonathan Hoover, Billy Marshall Jr.,
and Brian Patrick Murphy*
|Ensemble Women||Sarah Behrens, Rosharra Francis, Beth Glover*, Jaclyn Miller*, Amanda Phillips, Amy Van Norstrand, Karen Webb, and Rachel Arielle Yucht|
|Dance Captain||Jaclyn Miller*|
|Violet Newstead||Beth Glover*|
|Doralee Rhodes||Amy Van Norstrand|
|Judy Bernly||Rachel Arielle Yucht|
|Franklin Hart, Jr.||Michael Baker*|
|Roz Keith||Beth Glover|
|Missy||Rachel Arielle Yucht|
|Kathy||Amy Van Norstrand|
|Margaret||Rachel Arielle Yucht|
*Actors employed in this production are members of Actors’ Equity Association, the union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.
|Conductor/Keyboard 1||Andrew Austin|
|Keyboard 2||John P. Murphy|
|Trumpet 1||Dan Yeager|
|Trumpet 2||Kevin Batcheler|
Board of Directors
|Executive Producer||Ruth Allan|
|Associate Producer||Jeff Bellante|
|General Manager||Dom Ruggiero|
|Company Manager||Michael Baker|
|Assistant Company Manager||Jasmin Jakobsen|
|Director of Development/ Assistant to the Producer||Scot Patrick Allan|
|Administrative Assistant||Jessica Norland|
|Development Assistants||Don Rebar, Emily Denison|
|Musical Director||Andrew Austin|
|Scenic Designer||Robert Andrew Kovach|
|Lighting Designer||Richard Latta|
|Costume Designer||Trevor Bowen|
|Wig and Make-Up Design||Trent Pcenicni|
|Sound Designer||Adam Schbert|
|Assistant Musical Director||John P.Murphy|
|Production Photographer||Jeff Bellante|
|Assistant Costume Designer||Abbey Steere|
|Musical Contractor||Jeff Hoffman|
|Acting School Director||Robin Joy Allan|
|Teaching Staff||Brian Gligor, Jessica Kerner, Andrew Pandaleon|
|Accompanists||Jeff Hoffman, Peter Pece|
|Box Office Manager||Laurie Hunter|
|House Manager||Joanne Famiglietti|
|Box Office Staff||Don Rebar, Beth Harrison, Nadine Hazard,
Ryan Hudak, Diane Rodino-Koerber, Francesca Welhous
|Production Manager||Brian Loesch|
|Associate Production Manager||Justin Hoffman|
|Production Stage Manager||Nikki Lint|
|Resident Technical Director||Dennis R. Berfield|
|Assistant Technical Director||AJ Lebenns|
|Wardrobe Supervisor||Marianne Dominy|
|Resident Master Electrician||Rev. Jose Santiago|
|Production Master Electrician||Colin Chauche|
|Sound Engineer||Adam Shubert|
|Wig and Make-up Supervisor||Trent Pcenicni|
|Crew Chief and Rigger||AJ Lebens|
|Props Master||Brendan Conroy|
|Scenic Artist||Cassie Lentz|
|Assistant Master Electricians||Justin Michel and Colin Chauche|
|Assistant Stage Manager||Maegan Passafume|
|Shop Foreman||Greg Marullo|
|Technicians||Maxx Henry, Preston Sullivan, Rob Brey, Jack Murphy, Ben Panichello, Joseph Errante, Patrick Cummings|
|Wardrobe Assistant||Dave Burrington|
|Sound Assistant||Zach Ireson|
|Company Management||Rachel Colson|
|Stage Management||Alex Wood|
|Electrics||Elizabeth Marquis, Dusty Rader|
|Wardrobe||Grace Czerniawski, Emily Fox, Kaitlyn McDonald|
|General Technician Interns||Emily Baldasarra, Tashiana Caulfield, Eddie Massari, Brody Woods|
|Facilities Manager||Mark Frederick L.M.H.|
|Concessions and Hospitality Manager||Blake Armitstead|
|Cleaning Contractor||Joe Martinez and Jasper Bailey|
|Grounds Maintenance||HTM Landscaping Company|
|House Staff||Chuck Banting, Ethan Bellante, Ryan Hudak,
Kevin Spellman, Ryan Koerber, Kaitlyn LaGrega, Dominic Mondi, Ajay Persaud, Anthony Santana, Jon Smaldone
|General Counsel||Ann L. Nowak|