Dani Lane, producer of Michigan City's Dunes Summer Theatre's production of "9 to 5: The Musical," expects theatergoers to relate to the plight of the characters.
"I think everybody's probably been in a position where they have felt rather downtrodden, and certainly women have felt that way in the workplace, and probably still do today," she said. "And they way it's presented here is not in a serious way, but in a very funny way."
Opening Aug. 10 and running through Aug. 26, "9 to 5" tells the tale of Judy Bernly, Violet Newstadt and Doralee Rhodes, a trio of office workers who are subjected to no small amount of mistreatment from their boss, Franklin M. Hart. Hijinks and hilarity ensue when the ladies extol their revenge on Hart, wrecking havoc on him professionally and personally.
"9 to 5" was introduced to the masses on the big screen in 1980, starring Dolly Parton as Doralee, Lily Tomlin as Violet, Jane Fonda as Judy and Dabney Coleman as Hart. The film was a box office smash, as was the Paton–penned and sung title track on the pop charts.
Parton, along with the film's screenwriter Patricia Resnick, adapted the story for the stage. Featuring songs such as "Joy to the Girls," "Shine Like the Sun" and "Always a Woman" along with the title track, "9 to 5" made its way to Broadway in 2009, where it was nominated for a slew of Tony and Drama Desk Awards and resulted in a Drama Desk win for Allison Janney for her portrayal of Newstadt.
"I think (Parton) worked so hard on writing the songs for this, and the songs are all really good," Lane said. "They're all really good show tunes and there's really cool dance numbers from the ensemble, and they're going to be fun to see. (Parton and Resnick) know how to construct a really good, solid musical comedy."
Directed by JuliAnn Merrion, Dunes Summer Theatre's production of "9 to 5" stars Marie Crist as Rhodes, Mona Loomis as Newstadt, May Crane as Bernly and J. Grant Fitch as Hart.
"I think every show is as good as its leads, and these four leads are just good, solid performers," Lane said.
In other Dunes Summer Theatre news, a luncheon fundraiser benefiting the theater company is scheduled for 11 a.m. Aug. 4, with food provided by Wakarusa's Nelson's Chicken.
Next up for Dunes Summer Theatre is a production of the comedy "Top Girls," scheduled to open Sept. 7.