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Nashville Rep to Bring Dolly Parton’s ‘9 to 5 the Musical’ to Life

Nashville Repertory Theatre opens their 39th Season at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center from September 8 - 17.

Nashville Repertory Theatre opens their 39th Season with the 9 to 5 the Musical at Tennessee Performing Arts Center from September 8 to 17.

Written by Dolly Parton, this musical adaptation of the classic 1980 comedy film is a high-energy musical celebrating female empowerment and equality in the workplace. With an energetic score by Parton, attendees will enjoy songs like “Shine Like the Sun,” “Backwoods Barbie” and the title song “9 to 5.”

The musical follows the journey of Doralee, Violet and Judy — three women who unite against their hypocritical and egotistical boss. Fueled by a shared desire for change, the trio embark on a mission to take back control of their lives, turning their wildest fantasies into a reality filled with humor and heartfelt connection.

Director Beki Baker, who previously directed A Christmas Carol and the REPaloud of The Revolutionists, returns to the Nashville Rep stage to spearhead this production.

“What I love most about this production is the enormous fun of the show the incredible performers, big dance numbers, and gorgeous designs but with a deep message: we are empowered in our unity, and we can change things that aren’t right,” says Baker.

The cast features an ensemble of exceptional talents, including Megan Murphy Chambers as the sassy Doralee Rhodes, Allyson A. Robinson as the resilient Violet Newstead, Mariah Parris as the endearing Judy Bern, Evelyn O’Neal as the sharp Roz Keith and Geoffrey Davin as the infamous Franklin Hart, Jr.

Performances are Sept. 8 – 17, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m., at TPAC’s Polk Theater (505 Deaderick St., Nashville). Tickets are $50. For more information, visit


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Michael Aldrich

Michael Aldrich is Nashville Parent's Managing Editor and a Middle Tennessee arts writer. He and his wife, Alison, are the proud parents of 4-year-old Ezra and baby Norah.