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 '9 to 5' at the Granbury Opera House

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If you're yearning for a night of uproarious laughter, toe-tapping music, and a story that packs a punch, then clear your calendar! The Granbury Theatre Company presents "9 to 5" at the historic Granbury Opera House from Sept. 22 to Oct. 15, 2023.

With music and lyrics by the legendary Dolly Parton and a book by Patricia Resnick, "9 to 5" is a show that captures the spirit of the late '70s while speaking to audiences today. Inspired by the iconic 1980 film featuring Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda, and Dolly Parton herself, the musical is a comedic whirlwind of friendship, empowerment, and a sprinkle of romance.

When Violet, Judy, and Doralee—three fed-up office workers—decide they've had enough of their misogynistic boss, Franklin Hart Jr., they hatch a plan to turn the tables. What unfolds is a workplace revolution that's as hilarious as it is empowering.

Leading the GTC cast are three extraordinary actresses. Kim Harris, making her Granbury Theatre Company debut as Violet, "brings a comedic timing that's about the best I've ever seen," says the show's director, Bentleigh Nesbit. "Audrey Randall, who plays Dora Lee, captures Dolly Parton's essence while adding her unique flair. And Hayley Nettleton Twaddell, as Judy, is the kind of actress you root for from the moment she steps on stage. We could not have asked for three more powerhouse actresses to lead our show!"

Jarrett Self, who portrays the egotistical Franklin Hart Jr., is so good at being bad that you can't help but relish his eventual comeuppance. His interactions with Dora Lee are comedic gold, making the audience both cringe and chuckle. "He has no redeemable qualities. Like, absolutely none," said Nesbit, laughing. "Which is really a great acting job because, in reality, Jarrett is one of the sweetest, kindest, and respectful people you'd ever hope to meet."

Mia Washington shines as Roz, Franklin Hart's lovelorn secretary. Her rendition of "Heart to Heart" is a show-stealer, adding a quirky, burlesque flair to the first act.

The musical score, penned by the incomparable Dolly Parton, is a genre-spanning spectacle. From the hopeful "Shine Like the Sun" to the tender "I Just Might," there's something for everyone. Music Director Ashley Green once again weaves a beautiful musical tapestry for this production. Choreographers Nolan Morales and Julia Huggins have crafted dances that complement the music beautifully, ensuring that there's never a dull moment.

So why should you see "9 to 5"? Nesbit says, "Because it's more than just a musical; it's a celebration of sisterhood, a commentary on female empowerment, and a darn good time. While the story may seem over-the-top, its themes are universally relatable. You'll laugh, you'll cheer, and you'll leave the theater with a song in your heart and a smile on your face."

Don't miss out on this Broadway-caliber production right here in Granbury. With shows at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and matinees at 2:00 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, there's no excuse not to go. Book your tickets now and experience the magic that is "9 to 5" at the Granbury Opera House!