Dolly Parton will be in town this weekend, or at least her music, lyrics and likeness will be.
The Center for Creative Arts opens its high school production of Parton’s “9 to 5: The Musical,” which is based on the 1980 film, Thursday, Feb. 14.
The show runs through Saturday with each performance scheduled for 7 p.m. in the school’s auditorium
In the silver screen version, Parton, along with co-stars Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, portray three office employees who seize the opportunity to move out of their spots in the thankless secretarial pool, get even with their sexist pig of a boss and are subsequently successful in their coup of the company.
The film has maintained some of the women’s staying power: It remains the 20th highest-grossing comedy in Hollywood history and ranked No. 74 on the 100 Funniest Movies list compiled by the American Film Institute.
The musical version, which featured the current star of NBC’s “Smash” Megan Hilty in Parton’s role, hit Broadway in 2009 after premiering in Los Angeles.
Parton took the reins on the score and lyrics, while Patricia Resnick, who had written the film’s screenplay with Colin Higgins, adapted the original piece to a stage.
Though it had a short run on Broadway—April to September 2009—“9 to 5: The Musical” earned 15 Drama Desk Award nominations and four Tony Award nominations.
CCA’s production includes 36 of its students and choreography by Chattanooga theater and musical theater veteran Lindsay Fussell.
General admission is $10. CCA is located at 1301 Dallas Road in North Chattanooga.