PRESTONSBURG – During its run at Jenny Wiley Theatre, the cast of 9 to 5: The Musical will show that sexist, egotistical lying men don’t stand a chance against women who believe equality – with a little splash of revenge – is all in a day’s work.
The highly-anticipated 9 to 5: The Musical was scheduled to open on Thursday night at the Jenny Wiley Amphitheatre. Pushed to the boiling point, three female co-workers come up with a plan to get even with their boss. Audience members will laugh out loud as the three women live out their wildest fantasy, giving their boss the boot and taking over the company that has crushed their spirits and always kept them down.
The cast includes Alison Nusbaum as Violet Newstead, the coffee poisoning, corpse-stealing, boss kidnapping office supervisor. The role was originally played by Lily Tomlin. Nusbaum hails from New York City. Although a city girl at heart, she is thrilled to be back at Jenny Wiley Theatre having last been seen as Martha Watson in White Christmas. Nusbaum recently spent eight months aboard the largest cruise ship in the world – RCCL – as a member of their cast of Hairspray (Velma Von Tussle).
Hannah Zilber plays the role of Doralee Rhodes, a big chested, blonde originally played by Dolly Parton. Rhodes is presumed to be sleeping with the boss, Mr. Hart, despite her refusal of his advances. Another New York native, she also has graced the JWT stage before and was last seen at the Pikeville mainstage as Shelby in Steel Magnolias and Rona Lisa Peretti in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Zilber is thrilled to be back in the mountains of East Kentucky.
Several members of the cast are making their JWT debut in 9 to 5: The Musical.
Ashleigh Thompson plays Judy Bernly, the new girl who has been forced to find work after her husband has an affair with his secretary. Thompson holds several acting credits to her name and has a BFA in Musical Theatre from Shenandoah Conservatory.
Andrew Conners makes his JWT debut as Franklin Hart Jr., the antagonist of the play. The play center’s around him as the three women plot his demise. Conners also has many stage credits to his name and is excited to be performing at JWT.
Kim Willard plays Roz Keith, Hart’s eavesdropping administrative assistant. Willard is an actress, teacher, director, conductor, wife and mom. Having worked in theatre over 30 years, she holds a BS in Music Education, an MFA from the Actors Studio Drama School in NYC, and is the Assistant Professor of Theatre at UPIKE. In 2007, Willard was awarded a Grammy in Washington, DC for the nationally-recognized music and theatre curriculum she created at Chesnee High School in rural South Carolina.
All performances of 9 to 5: The Musical are at JWT Amphitheatre. The musical is rated PG-13 and includes harsh language and sexual innuendos.
Sponsored by the Kinzer Foundation, 9 to 5: The Musical will play out on the the Jenny Wiley Theatre Stage on selected nights through mid-August.
Andrea Saddler is a reporter for The Floyd County Times. She can be reached at (606) 886-8506.