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The First National Tour of
9 to 5: The Musical ON SALE NOW!!
JOSEPH MAHOWALD, KRISTINE ZBORNIK
and DIANA DEGARMO
Charlotte, NC – The first national tour of 9 to 5: THE MUSICAL featuring music and lyrics by
Dolly Parton is coming to Ovens Auditorium Oct. 5-10. Charlotte is only the third stop on the tour.
Tickets go on sale this Friday, Aug. 13 at 10:00 a.m. and can be purchased online at
BlumenthalCenter.org, by phone at 704-372-1000 or from the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center Box
Office located in the Tryon Street lobby of the Belk Theater.
9 to 5: The Musical is a hilarious story of friendship and revenge in the Rolodex era. This is the story of
three unlikely friends who conspire to take control of their company and learn there's nothing they can't
do -- even in a man's world. Outrageous, thought-provoking and even a little romantic, 9 to 5: The
Musical is about teaming up and taking care of business... it's about getting credit and getting even.
This new musical comedy, direct from Broadway, is based on the hit movie and features Dolly Parton's
original hit title song along with her new Tony Award® and Grammy-nominated score. The book is by
Patricia Resnick (co-writer of the original screenplay). The touring production will be directed and
choreographed by Tony nominated, Jeff Calhoun. "I met Dolly Parton as a chorus kid dancing in the
film ‘The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas’ only a few years after ‘9 to 5’ was already a hit movie. It
was a thrill to work with her then and an honor and privilege to be entrusted to direct and
choreograph this exciting new tour of 9 to 5: The Musical” said Mr. Calhoun. The co–choreographer is
Lisa Stevens, scenic design by Ken Foy, costume design by five time Tony Award® winner, William
Ivey Long, lighting design by Tony Award® and Drama Desk Award winner, Ken Billington, sound
design by Steve Kennedy, orchestrations by Bruce Coughlin music supervision by Stephen Oremus
and casting by Telsey + Company.
9 to 5: The Musical is based on the 20th Century Fox Picture and was Originally Produced on Broadway
by Robert Greenblatt. The tour is produced by special arrangement with MUSIC THEATRE
INTERNATIONAL and by Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, Fox Theatricals and Theatre Under The
Dee Hoty will play the role of Violet. She has earned three Tony nominations for her starring roles in
Footloose, The Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public and The Will Rogers Follies. Dee starred on
Broadway and in eight major U.S. cities as Donna Sheridan in Mamma Mia! Performing on and off-
Broadway, she toured the country and has been involved in many pre-Broadway workshops. She has
appeared in “Law & Order”, “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” and numerous television and film
The role of Judy will be played by Mamie Parris whose Broadway credits include the Tony-Nominated
revival of Ragtime, 110 In the Shade and the Tony-winning musical The Drowsy Chaperone. She turned
the road pink in the First National Tour of Legally Blonde the Musical, has sung with the Radio City
Rockettes, toured with country music icon Kenny Rogers, and participated in over a dozen readings with
students of the BMI-Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop.
Joseph Mahowald is the unsuspecting Franklin Hart, Jr. Joseph has appeared on Broadway in title roles
in Jekyll & Hyde, Javert in Les Miz and Chiefton O’Flaherty in The Pirate Queen. He has performed off-
Broadway and in several national tours, was a soloist with major symphonies around the world and has
been on all the NY soaps. Some of his extensive regional credits include being a founding member of the
artistic company of Tennessee Repertory and appeared in leading roles in numerous productions.
Comic, actress and cabaret performer Kristine Zbornik has been cast for the role of Roz. Kristine
performed on Broadway in A Catered Affair and Off-Broadway in Forbidden Broadway, Mamma Mia
and Man of LaMancha.
“American Idol” finalist, Diana DeGarmo has been cast in the role of Doralee Rhodes, made famous by
the queen of country music and iconic songwriter, musician, movie star and entrepreneur Dolly Parton.
Diana gained overnight fame, at age 16, as a runner-up on the third season of television’s No. 1 series,
“American Idol”. Broadway credits include Hair, Hairspray and Brooklyn: The Musical and starred in
the off-Broadway musical The Toxic Avenger. DeGarmo was born in Birmingham, AL, raised in
Snellville, GA, and currently has a home and resides in Nashville where she continues to co-write and
perform in and around the area.
Rounding out the cast is Jane Blass, Patrick Boyd, Paul Castree, Holly Davis, Janet Dickinson
Madeleine Doherty, Marjorie Failoni, Gregg Goodbrod, K.J. Hippensteel, Jesse J.P. Johnson,
Michelle Marmolejo, April Nixon, Ryah Nixon, Rick Pessagno, Wayne Schroder, Micah Shepard
and Travis Waldschmidt.
For more information visit www.9to5themusical.com
ABOUT THE BLUMENTHAL PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
The North Carolina Blumenthal Performing Arts Center serves the Carolinas as a leading cultural, entertainment and education
provider. For more information, call (704) 372-1000 or visit BlumenthalCenter.org. The Center receives operating support from
the Arts & Science Council and the North Carolina Arts Council. The Center is also supported through the generous aid of its
sponsors, including U.S. Airways, Official Airline of Blumenthal Performing Arts Center; Presbyterian Hospital, the preferred
healthcare provider for the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center; and Duke Energy, sponsor of the Duke Energy Broadway Lights