Broadway's '9 to 5' closing Sept. 6; tour to launch in 2010
The working girls of Broadway's "9 to 5: The Musical" got their pink slip notices today when the show's producers announced that the Tony-nominated production will close on Sept. 6 after playing for 148 performances.
But the musical, which features songs by Dolly Parton, will get a second life when the national tour kicks off in -- where else? -- Nashville in September 2010.
"I can’t wait for this show to hit the road so people across the country can see why I’m so proud of everyone involved," Parton said in a statement. "And I'm so pleased that we'll be opening the tour in Nashville. Great things happen in Nashville.”
"9 to 5" had its world premiere in September 2008 at the Ahmanson Theatre in L.A. before transferring to Broadway's Marriott Marquis Theatre in April 2009. The New York critics were generally negative toward the show, which stars Allison Janney, Megan Hilty, Stephanie J. Block and Marc Kudisch.
The show garnered four Tony nominations -- including nods to Parton, Janney and Kudisch -- but was shut out during the awards ceremony.
Promoters said the national tour of "9 To 5" will launch the week of Sept. 20, 2010, at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center in Nashville.
Photo: Stephanie J. Block, left, Allison Janney and Megan Hilty in "9 to 5: The Musical" at the Marriott Marquis Theatre on Broadway. Credit: Joan Marcus