Dolly Parton’s 9 to 5 is coming to Australia!

Look out Australia – 9 TO 5 THE MUSICAL is coming next year!

Dolly Parton today announced that the smash-hit musical will have its Australian Premiere at the Sydney Lyric Theatre in April 2020. This run-away success on the West End features a book by the iconic movie’s original screenwriter Patricia Resnick and an Oscar, Grammy and Tony award-nominated score by the Queen of Country herself, Dolly Parton including her much-loved hit song, 9 to 5!

“I am beyond excited to be bringing this show to Australia,” said Dolly Parton. “The response from the UK to 9 to 5 The Musical has been incredible. The overwhelmingly positive fan reaction to this universal story tickles every rhinestone on my body! I can’t wait for more people throughout Australia to have a good ole singalong, and the time of your life.”

9 to 5 The Musical tells the story of Doralee, Violet and Judy, three workmates pushed to boiling point by their sexist and egotistical boss. Concocting a plan to kidnap and turn the tables on their despicable supervisor, will the ladies manage to reform their office – or will events unravel when the CEO pays an unexpected visit? Inspired by the hit film and brought to you by Dolly Parton herself, this hilarious musical is about teaming up, standing up and taking care of business!

As well as the musical’s hit West End season, Dolly – who received both a Tony nomination and a Grammy nod for the original music she composed for its Broadway run in 2009 – has seen the musical travel around the world. The timeless story launched a North American tour in 2010-11, a UK tour in 2012-13 and again in 2017, a Brazilian tour in 2015, and a German tour in 2016 and again in 2018.

The Original Broadway Cast of 9 to 5 | Photo by Joan Marcus

NSW Minister for Tourism Stuart Ayres said securing 9 TO 5 THE MUSICAL for Sydney is a big win for the NSW visitor economy. “Dolly Parton is embedded in global pop culture, so I am delighted NSW has secured this Australian premiere of 9 to 5 The Musical.” Mr Ayres said. “Major events like this are crucial in helping to drive significant levels of visitation to our State, which in turn turbocharges local economies, generates jobs and drives investment. We anticipate that this season of 9 TO 5 THE MUSICAL will attract more than 27,000 visitors to Sydney who will stay more than 73,800 nights and spend close to $23 million.”

Tickets are on sale from tomorrow, Friday 13 September. For bookings and more information, please visit the 9 to 5 website.

Gabi Bergman

Gabi Bergman is a Melbourne-based performer and educator, and is the current Deputy Editor-in-Chief of She holds a Double Arts degree in Theatre Studies and Film/Screen Studies and a Master of Teaching (Secondary Education). Gabi has always been an avid lover of theatre, specifically musicals, and spends way too much money than she’d like to admit on tickets. Her most prized possession is her crate of theatre programs.

Gabi Bergman

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