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September 27, 2012

‘9 to 5,’ Now and Then

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She has also starred on Broadway and in eight major U.S. cities in “Mamma Mia!” and most recently appeared in a revival of “Bye Bye Birdie” at the Roundabout Theatre Company in New York.

“I’ve made a living in the theater,” she said. “It’s a minor miracle.”

But none of it has been easy, and she has no illusions that things could have turned out differently.

“I always thought you could have it all,” Hoty said. “But I was never sure you could have it all at the same time. It’s a hard balance.”

Hoty thinks the theater world is even more competitive now than in the 1970s, and tougher on the young trying to make a career.

“I think they are so much better prepared than we were,” she said. “There’s some wonderful talent out there, but just being good isn’t a guarantee that you’re going to work. There are plenty of talented people answering phones and waiting tables.”

“The business has changed,” she continued. “People don’t just go to the theater any more, there are so many choices for your entertainment dollar.”

Hoty thinks the version of “9 to 5” at North Shore Music Theatre, which she first toured with in 2010, is better than the one that first appeared on Broadway.

“In the Broadway show, my sense was they were more literally trying to put the movie on stage,” she said. “They had the money and the hydraulics. There was too much going on.”

The touring version stripped the excesses out of the production, in terms of both the play and the props, and in doing so allowed the show’s message to shine.

“My whole thing is telling the story,” Hoty said. “In 1979, they didn’t have those bells and whistles. Your imagination will fill that in.”

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