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Marquis books time with ‘9 to 5’

Musical to open this spring

Tuner “9 to 5: The Musical” will punch in at Broadway’s Marquis Theater next spring, with the legit adaptation of the 1980 comedy beginning previews there in March.

The show, with new songs by Dolly Parton (along with the title tune written for the movie), confirmed its Gotham venue in the wake of the June 22 closing of “Cry-Baby,” the short-lived, John Waters-inspired musical that never caught on at the box office.

9 to 5” is one of a handful of splashy tuners planned for the 2008-09 season that look to have strong box office potential. List includes “Billy Elliot” and “Shrek,” which both open in the fall.

Helmed by Joe Mantello (“Wicked”), “9 to 5” stars Allison Janney, Stephanie J. Block and Megan Hilty as a trio of disgruntled secretaries who plot to get even with their boss, played by Marc Kudisch. Book is adapted by Patricia Resnick from her own screenplay.

Andy Blankenbuehler, who picked up a Tony last month for “In the Heights,” choreographs. Design team includes Scott Pask (sets), William Ivey Long (costumes), Jules Fisher and Peggy Eisenhauer (lights) and John Shivers (sound).

Musical, whose capitalization has been estimated at north of $10 million, is produced by Robert Greenblatt, also prexy of entertainment at Showtime.

Prior to New York, the production tries out at L.A.’s Ahmanson Theater Sept. 3-Oct. 19. Show begins previews at the Marquis on March 24, ahead of an April 23 opening.

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