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Sunday Arts Magazine

10 Jul 2022

9 to 5 the Musical

Arts, Performing Arts, Sunday Arts Magazine

9 to 5 the Musical

Dolly Parton’s smash-hit West End musical, 9 TO 5 THE MUSICAL, is wowing audiences and critics
alike during its Australian premiere. The Australian tour is about to open at Brisbane’s Lyric Theatre,
QPAC, from 22 May, and then transfers to the State Theatre, Arts Centre Melbourne from 10 July,
and at the Festival Theatre, Adelaide from 8 October. Internationally acclaimed and loved by
audiences and critics alike, 9 TO 5 is pure gold carat fun!
The producers have assembled a top line cast to inhabit these iconic and much loved roles. Marina
Prior will play Violet Newstead, a smart, sassy and efficient woman who has worked all her life at
Consolidated Industries. She has all it takes to run the company but there is one small issue … her
boss! Marina gained prominence as Cosette in the Australian premiere of Les Misérables and
Christine Daae in The Phantom of the Opera, and has grown to become one of Australia’s most
accomplished leading ladies, playing lead roles in The Sound of Music, Mary Poppins, The Secret
Garden and countless other productions.
Casey Donovan will be Judy Bernly, a newly separated, never worked before young woman who
finds more than just a job at Consolidated Industries. Casey shot to stardom after winning Australian
Idol as a 16 year old in 2004, and has since become an audience favourite in concert and in musical
theatre. Most recently she played Matron Mama Morton in the smash hit musical Chicago, and has
performed in The Flower Children, The Sapphires, Rent and We Will Rock You.
Erin Clare will play Doralee Rhodes, a ‘don’t mess with me’ well-brought-up, bright and beautiful
country gal. She may look like a push over but is anything but! Following her first starring role as
Scaramouche in The Gordon Frost Organisation’s national tour of We Will Rock You, she has featured
in Heathers the Musical, American Psycho, High Fidelity, American Idiot and Merrily We Roll Along.
Caroline O’Connor plays busy-body Roz Keith, the administration assistant who is fiercely – and
unrequitedly – in love with her boss Franklin Hart Jnr. Most recently seen in Melbourne Theatre
Company’s Kiss of the Spiderwoman, Caroline has played lead roles on Broadway, in the West End,
France and across Australia, including Chicago, Anything Goes, West Side Story, On The Town, Man
of La Mancha, Bombshells, A Christmas Story and Anastasia to name just a few. Caroline also created
the role of tango dancing Nini Legs in the Air in Baz Luhrmann’s Academy Award winning film Moulin
Rouge.
Eddie Perfect will play the controlling boss Franklin Hart Jnr. One of Australia’s most respected and
prolific writers and performers, Eddie is perhaps best known as all-round nice guy Mick Holland on
Channel 10’s hit series Offspring, and has been seen in Kath and Kim, Spicks And Specks and
numerous comedy shows including ABC TV’s Stand Up, The Melbourne Comedy Festival Gala and
Good News Week. On stage Eddie performed in Keating! The Musical, Misanthropology, The
Threepenny Opera and Shane Warne The Musical, which he wrote himself. In 2019, Eddie wrote the
music and lyrics for the Broadway premiere of Beetlejuice, for which he was nominated for Best
Original Score at the 2019 Tony Awards.

Completing the cast are Lily Baulderstone, Ana Maria Belo, Zoe Coppinger, Mia Dabkowski-
Chandler, Ben Gillespie, Emma Hawthorne, James Haxby, Emma Johns, Jay Johns, Ethan Jones,

Antonia Marr, Josh Mulheran, Tom New, Jake O’Brien, Matthew Prime, Jackson Reedman, Jordan
Tomljenovic and Jessica Vellucci.

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