Show Palace Entertainment Presents 9 TO 5: THE MUSICAL, Now thru 2/24
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by BWW News Desk
Show Palace Entertainment presents 9 to 5: The Musical, now through February 24, 2013.
9 TO 5: THE MUSICAL is a hilarious story of friendship and revenge in the Rolodex era. 9 TO 5: THE MUSICAL tells 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. Join Violet, Judy and Dora Lee as they take on Franklin Hart, a sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot while learning more about themselves and each other. 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!
9 to 5: The Musical is a musical based on the 1980 movie of the same name, with music and lyrics by Dolly Parton. It features a book by Patricia Resnick, based on the screenplay by Resnick and Colin Higgins. The musical premiered in Los Angeles in September 2008, and opened on Broadway in April 2009. It received 15 Drama Desk Award nominations, the most received by a production in a single year, as well as 4 Tony Awards nominations. The Broadway production however was short-lived, closing in September 2009. A national tour of the US launched in 2010, followed by a UK premiere in 2012.
Karla Hartley (Director) received a BFA in Theater Studies from Boston University in 1992. Directing credits include: Greetings, Ladies at the Alamo (Boston) , The Seahorse, Christmas With Elvis, Girl Detective, Cut the Ribbons (Florida tour), I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change, Always, Patsy Cline, The Goat or Who is Sylvia?, The Mystery of Irma Vep, Jewtopia, Hats! The Musical (Florida tour), Boston Marriage, The Rocky Horror Show, Waistwatchers, the world premiere of Party Animals by Kathie Lee Gifford and David Friedman, Young Dramatists' Project '09, Respect, Little Dog Laughed and And Baby Makes Seven, Holiday Party of One, Sylvia. She was recently named Best Director 2009 and2012byCreativeLoafing. 813-731-7926
MICHAEL T. SEBASTIAN (Music Director) PRE-BROADWAY: A Tale of Two Cities, Asolo Repertory; Wonderland, Straz Center; Zelda, Flat Rock Playhouse. REGIONAL: I Love You, You're Perfect , Now Change, Menopause The Musical, The Last 5 Years (Director/ Music Director), Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Ruthless, The Musical (Joel Paley- Director/Playwright), Ethel Waters, His Eye Is On The Sparrow (Arranger/MD), Asolo Repertory Theatre, Peterborough Players, Cincinnati Playhouse, St. Louis Rep, Ogunquit Playhouse,Florida Studio Theatre & Cabaret, Gateway, Mac-Hayden, Golden Apple Dinner Theatre. INTERNATIONAL: Oliver! (starring Bill Hayes & Susan Seaforth Hayes) Far East Tour. Mr. Sebastian has performed internationally as conductor/ soloist with The Lancaster Symphony Orchestra, Toledo Symphony, Florida West Coast Symphony and with artists Bernadette Peters, George Benson, Eugene Ormandy, & Mstislav Rostropovich. He has served as Resident Music Director for Florida Studio Theatre, Golden Apple Dinner Theatre and as Artistic Director for East Village Cabaret. Visit Michael at www.MichaelSebastian.info .
Ericka Womack-Brown (Choreographer) is a singer, dancer and choreographer who has performed for various events and companies across the country to include Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. Her Busch Gardens choreography credits include The Awakening, Let's Get Loud, Motown II, Midnight Hour, Kinetix and Blood Relations. This is her first production with The Show Palace and is very excited to be apart of it.
*Susan Haldeman (Violet Newstead) - Proud member of Actors' Equity Association. Susan just completed a run of A Funny Thing...Forum (Domina) at Theatreworks in Naples, FL with Eddie Mekka from Laverne and Shirley. National Tour: Phantom (Florence). Regional: The Sound of Music (Mother Abbess), Mame (Gooch & Vera), Joseph....Dreamcoat (Narrator), Steel Magnolias (M'Lynn), H2$ (Smitty), & Thoroughly Modern Millie (Mrs. Meers). I dedicate this show to all of the powerful women who have influenced my life in some way, but particularly: Sheryl, My Mommy, My Mudder, My Grandma,Muntzie, Jamey & Carly (my sisters), Sara D. & Nance (and, of course, my favorite, Lily Tomlin). Thank you to Matthew McGee for trusting me with this dream role and Karla Hartley, Dominic Bisesti and the cast & crew for the adventure!
Nicole Borysowicz (Doralee Rhodes) graduated from Coastal Carolina University with a B.A. in musical theatre. Recent credits: A Christmas Carol (Mrs. Cratchit) and Sweet Charity (Ensemble) for Temple Theatre, Piccolo Spoleto's Three Viewings (Mac) for Atlantic Stage. As always, much love to mom and dad.
Heather Baird (Judy Bernly) is thrilled to be a part of 9 to 5 The Musical here at the Show Palace! She was most recently seen in FreeFall Theatre's productions of Cabaret (Kit Kat Girl/ Texas), and A Christmas Carol: A New Musical (Belle). She has traveled the world as a lead vocalist with Princess Cruises, and currently performs in a variety of shows at Busch Gardens, Tampa Bay. A million thanks to Karla for this opportunity! Love to family and friends.
Pete Clapsis (Franklin Hart, Jr) returns, previously appearing as Ali Hakim in Oklahoma, Twimble/Womper in How To Succeed..., and Bert Barry in 42nd Street. A local favorite, he's heard on WJQB 106.3 , and his Santa Got Run Over By a Grandma is a Christmas staple. Last seen in Hysteria as Dr. Yahuda, at WHAT in Cape Cod and American Stage in St. Petersburg.
Jill Godfrey (Roz Keith) is happy to be back on the Show Palace stage after performing in The Sound of Music. Jill started her career dancing on Broadway with Lee Theodore's AMERICAN DANCEMACHINE. She then toured Nationally and Internationally with ADM and many other shows. Since then she has performed in theatres regionally and locally. Some favorite roles include Charity, Roxie Hart, and Peter Pan. She is also happy to have a new man in her life; Surf!
Justin Lore (Joe) From New York Nights, 50's & 60's Revue, & A Show Palace Christmas. Recently, he performed at the Straz Center in Boeing Boeing and Forbidden Broadway. New York: Broadway's Jersey Boys: Frankie Camp (Frankie Valli). International/Regional: Disney Cruise Line Musicals (Aladdin, Simba, Young Hercules), Godspell (Jesus), Joseph... Dreamcoat (Joseph), Urinetown (Bobby). www.JustinLore.com
William E. Masuck (Dwayne) Is thrilled to be back at the Show Palace singing Dolly Parton's music! Favorite roles include Radames (AIDA), Adam Pontipee (7 brides/brothers), Warner and UPS guy (Legally Blonde). Extremely honored for the opportunities & experiences God provides and the amazing people I call friends and family. Thank you Michael, Ericka, and Karla!
John Michael (Josh) is a new face at Show Palace! He comes to us from Cocoa, FL, where he most recently played Joe in 9 to 5. A few more credits of his include: Buddy Layman in The Diviners, Rooster Hannigan in Annie, and Leaf Coneybear in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. He would like to take this time to thank his family and friends for their love and support, Kristin Fernandez and Steven J. Heron for teaching him the craft, and the cast and crew for being such a joy to work with.
Sarah Smith (Missy) is excited to return to the Show Palace after her debut as Digits the Elf in A Show Palace Christmas. Previous credits include: (Carlotta) Phantom of the Opera, (Miss Hannigan) ANNIE,( Penelope Pennywise) URINETOWN, (Prospera) The TEMPEST, (Woman #2) SONGS for a NEW WORLD, (Fraulein Schneider) CABARET, (Sister Hubert) NUNSENSE, (Maria) LEND ME A TENOR and (Hattie) KISS ME KATE. Break a Leg to the entire cast!
Amanda Cheyenne Manis (Maria) is so excited to be performing the role of Maria in 9 to 5 The Musical. She would like to thank all of her friends and family for their support. Mom, thanks for everything. Caroline, I love to sing! K, thank you for believing when even I didn't
Leanne Germann (Margaret) is excited to be making her Show Palace debut. A veteran of the stage, she has performed at Stage West and Richey Suncoast. She serves on Stage West's Board. Leanne is grateful for her family's continued love and support. Love to George, Amy, Jeff, Jessica and Connie.
Derek Baxter (Bob Enright) is thrilled to be at the Show Palace again. Previously seen here in The Christmas Show, Sound of Music, Fiddler on the Roof, and This Magic Moment. A veteran performer of Off-Broadway, and Regional Theatre, The Circus, and Disney. Thanks to the Rents and the People (you know who you are).
Elizabeth DeMarco (Ensemble) Liz is thrilled to be making her debut at Show Palace Dinner Theatre. She graduated with a B.A. in theatre from Palm Beach Atlantic University and has been choreographing for their theatre department for the past 6 years. Thanks to God and my parents for your support. Psalm 37:4
Nicole Cavalani (Ensemble) is thrilled to be back at the Show Palace! She was last seen in The Sound of Music. Miss Cavalani holds her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Florida and was seen in The Mikado and Tosca with the UF Opera Theatre. She currently teaches voice and beginning piano at Sam Ash Music in Clearwater.
Kate O'Connell (Ensemble) is thrilled to be performing in 9 To 5 at the Show Palace! Originally from Texas, she trained with the Houston Ballet and Houston Performing Arts High School and graduated Magna cum Laude with a BFA in Dance from NYC's Marymount Manhattan College. Credits include: Universal Studios, Busch Gardens, Celebrity Cruises, Show Palace (Jackpot, A Show Palace Christmas, Swing!), Super Bowl XXXVI, Step Up 3-D and Law and Order to name a few. Many thanks to her friends and family for their unconditional love and support!
Georgia Mallory Guy (Ensemble) loves what she does! Regional credits, selected: Cabaret, A Christmas Carol (Milwaukee Rep) Crimes of the Heart (Banyan), Othello (PICT), The Rocky Horror Show (American Stage), Phoenix (Tampa Rep) Merry Wives, Doubt, Guys and Dolls (Monomoy), Proof (Festival 56). M.F.A. Ohio University. For more, Georgiamalloryguy.com
Show Palace Dinner Theatre is located at 16128 US 19 Hudson, Fla. Call 727-863-7949 or visit www.showpalace.net for more information.