Musical opens at Ahmanson Theater
HOLLYWOOD — Broadway-bound “9 to 5: The Musical” morphed into a Dolly Parton sing-along opening night at the Ahmanson Theater as show’s composer-lyricist led the aud in the title song while technicians fixed the glitch that stopped the tuner in its tracks a few songs into act one.
Cheering Parton on at Saturday’s world preem were her co-stars from the movie, Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin and Dabney Coleman.
“People ask me why Jane and Lily and I aren’t starring in the musical,” Parton said. “I told them it’s called ‘9 to 5,’ not 95!”
At the Cathedral Plaza after-party, Allison Janney, who plays the Tomlin role in the tuner, said she had “no nerves” about performing in front of the film’s legendary stars. “I was excited for them to see what they started. Jane Fonda had tears in her eyes.”
Getting in some overtime at the party were show’s producer Robert Greenblatt; scribe Patricia Resnick; plus guests Showtime’s Matt Blank; Fox’s Peter Chernin and Tom Rothman; and thesps David Hyde Pierce, Tracey Ullman and Conchata Ferrell.