Monday, May 18, 2009

9 to 5 The Musical and the 2009 Tony Awards

Will Allison Janney win the Best Performance by a Leading Actress Tony Award in 2009?

Although I didn't get to see Stockard Channing in Pal Joey, the 2009 musical that closed earlier this season on Broadway, I have had the pleasure of seeing every other Broadway actress vying for a Tony Award in the Leading Actress category. After seeing Sutton Foster (Shrek The Musical), Alice Ripley (Next to Normal) and Josefina Scaglione (West Side Story), I have a feeling that Allison Janney, the co-star of 9 to 5 The Musical, may win this years award. She was outstanding in her role as Violet Newstead, the take charge office manager who turns the tables on her sexist boss (Mark Kudisch). Ms. Janney has indeed picked up this years Drama Desk Award in this category and many of the Broadway insider's I talk with, think she'll take the Tony Award as well.

9 to 5 The Musical stays true to the original movie. The story tells what can happen when 3 women working in an office decide to hold their boss hostage until he agrees to bring about better work conditions for everyone. In addition to Allison Janney (one of the stars of television's The West Wing), 9 to 5 has the good fortune to have two other leading ladies that have played in several Broadway shows over the years as its co-stars. They are Stephanie J. Block (The Boy from Oz, Wicked and The Pirate Queen) and Megan Hilty (Wicked). These ladies are truely awesome talents in their own right.

9 to 5 The Musical is based on the 1980'2 film and was written by Patricia Resnick with new songs written for the theater by Dolly Parton. Ms. Parton is also in the running for a Tony Award for Best Original Score in 9 to 5 for both music and lyrics. Many think that the team of Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey, who wrote the music and lyrics for Next to Normal, may win the Tony Award in this category.

Right now through June 26, 2009 performances, Applause Theater Service can obtain amazing seats for you to see 9 to 5 The Musical, and at discount pricing that is BELOW FACE VALUE. 9 to 5 is doing excellent business but often doesn't sell out of all its tickets and is offering Applause customers a special rate on most performances. This discount may end if the show doesn't pick up a couple of the Tony Awards that I mentioned. My feeling though is that we will be extending the special rates through the summer of 2009, at least until busy tourist season comes to visit New York City.

If you like great musical comedy like I do,and think this is a fun show for you to see, kindly call me today at Applause Theater Service. My phone number is 212-307-7050 or toll free at 800-451-9930. Applause is a New York State licensed ticket agency specializing in Broadway theater tickets. I will take care of everything you need with regard to your tickets and even suggest some terrific places to have a meal before the theater. Check out Restaurant Row for some of my favorite dining spots.

I hope to hear from you soon when your plans include a visit to Broadway. Take care now.

Rich Gladstone aka The Broadway Ticket Man
311 West 43rd Street, suite 601
New York, New York 10036
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