Due to an injury this week, Louise Redknapp has had to temporarily withdraw from performing the role of Violet in Dolly Parton’s 9 to 5 The Musical. The recovery time recommended means the singer and actress is no longer able to properly rehearse the show in the remaining time left before opening.
9 To 5 The Musical opens for a limited season at London’s Savoy Theatre from 28 January to 31 August 2019. Redknapp was due to join her co-stars Amber Davies as Judy Bernly, Natalie McQueen as Doralee Rhodes, Brian Conley as Franklin Hart and Bonnie Langford as Roz Keith.
It’s reported that Redknapp was rushed to hospital this week after taking a fall in the street on her way to rehearsals. Injuries include a fractured wrist and stitches in her chin.
A statement from the producers said:
“Together we have made the difficult decision to delay Louise’s start date in the show. We hope that Louise will start performances sometime towards the end of March/early April 2019. Everyone at 9 to 5 wishes Louise a speedy recovery and we look forward to welcoming her back.”
The name of the actress stepping in to play the role in Redknapp’s absence will be announced shortly. Any patrons who would like to exchange their tickets to a performance when Redknapp has returned to the show should contact their point of sale. 9 to 5 The Musical will have its first preview at the Savoy Theatre as planned on 28 January 2019.
9 To 5 The Musical features a book by Patricia Resnick, the film’s original screenwriter, and an original Oscar, Grammy and Tony Award-nominated score by country legend and pop icon Dolly Parton. The production is directed by Jeff Calhoun, with choreography by Lisa Stevens.