A Norfolk-wide search is under way to see if anyone from the county can match the look, style and voice of the legendary Dolly Parton.
As her hit musical 9 To 5 prepares to come to Norwich Theatre Royal from February 25, the producers have joined forces with Norwich Pride and the Coach and Horses pub on Union Street in the city to host a ‘Dress Like Dolly’ night.
Everyone is being encouraged to turn up in an outfit inspired by the Goddess of Country and Western, and even belt out a song if they are feeling brave enough, from 8.30pm on Friday February 22.
A judging panel, which includes the sassy and outspoken Norwich Evening News columnist Stacia Briggs, will then pick the person with the best ‘Dolly-style’ in an evening hosted by popular drag queen Scarlet Fudge.
The winner, plus a guest, will then get the chance to join the media at the Norwich press night of 9 To 5 on Monday February 25 at 7.30pm, see the show in top-price seats, and mingle with the media reviewing the production, which features an all-star cast including Natalie Casey (Two Pints of Lager And A Packet of Crisps), Mark Moraghan (Holby City and Brookside), and international stage legend Bonnie Langford.
John Bultitude, of Norwich Theatre Royal, said: “The producers have organised these nights around the country to tie in with the show touring the UK and we feel sure the people of Norfolk will be keen to show they can out-diva the rest of Britain.
“We want you to come along, put on your best glad-rags and, if you can match Dolly on the microphone, you could earn some extra points from the judging panel. To paraphrase Ms Parton herself, what a way to spend a Friday evening.”
The event comes ahead of 9 to 5 taking to the Norwich Theatre Royal stage from February 25 to March 2. The hilarious musical comedy follows three office workers who turn the tables on their sexist and rude boss by trying to take control of the company where they work.
It features 18 original numbers plus the Oscar and Grammy-nominated title track, and promises to be the ideal feelgood show to banish the winter blues.
Information For Editors
9 To 5 The Musical, Monday 25 February-Saturday 2 March at 7.30pm, and Wednesday and Saturday matinees at 2.30pm. Tickets £6.50-£35. Discounts for Friends, Corporate Club, Over-60s, and Groups.
BOX OFFICE 01603 630000. For more info or to BOOK ONLINE www.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk
For further information, interviews or images, please contact John Bultitude, Norwich Theatre Royal press officer, on 01603 598521 or firstname.lastname@example.org