Dolly Parton has stated how she’s hoping the 9 To 5 musical will help change workplace harassment in the post MeToo age. The smash musical is set to arrive in London’s West End next year, seeing Louise Redknapp, Amber Davies and Natalie McQueen take on the iconic roles previously played by Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin and Dolly Parton in the 1980 flick. Speaking to This Morning hosts Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby, Dolly explained how there’s common themes of misogyny and pay gaps in the workplace, which are still relevant today.
It’s amazing,’ Dolly said. ‘We did make a lot of changes at that time [when the movie came out] and we were out on a mission to try and make changes.
Things did change a lot but things still need to change even more, and especially now with the MeToo movement. There’s still a lot of the same things still going on in the workplace, and all the harassment that’s going on now, it just seemed to make sense for this to come out again and now.’ She also stated how they’re currently planning a sequel to the hit movie, which will also come bundled with a political statement about the issue.
That’s actually the sequel what we’re doing when it does come out,’ Dolly said. ‘We’re actually saying we’re still having the same problems, and how do we continue to solve them? ‘But I think everybody’s going to relate to this and they love the music here when the show was on Broadway. I think no matter where you are in the world, we have the same problems in the workplace, and hopefully it will help with that.’ 9 To 5 the musical opens in the Savoy Theatre next year, with tickets available now.