Fans of Dolly Parton’s musical, “9 to 5,” received some bad news this week.
Louise Redknapp, one of the headliners for the show, fell and will not be able to make the opening curtain.
The singer was reportedly on her way to rehearsals when the accident happened.
While the details of her fall are still fuzzy, we do know she banged up both her face and wrist in the accident.
Redknapp made a social media post to announce the news to her fans.
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It breaks my heart 💔to say I am having to take some time out and won’t be able to continue with my role in 9-5. Due to a nasty fall I have only gone and fractured my wrist and got 10 (yes 10) stitches in my chin. 🤕 Following my doctors orders- they have said I will be ok but as they say in the theatre 🎭 ’the show must go on’ and I wish the rest of the fabulous cast an amazing opening night and I will be back on that stage for @9to5themusicaluk before you know it. 💔😢💔
“Due to a nasty fall, I have only gone and fractured my wrist and got 10 (yes 10) stitches in my chin,” she wrote.
She went on to say that she will now be pulling out of the show, at least for now.
However, she did hint that as soon as she has recovered, she looks forward to once again getting back on the stage and rejoining the cast. The show runs through the end of August.
Redknapp was slated to play the character Violet Newstead.
In the original 1980 film “9 to 5,” on which the musical is based, the Newstead role was played by Lily Tomlin, who starred alongside Dolly Parton and Jane Fonda.
The Show Must Go On
At this time, it is unclear who will be taking over for Redknapp, but the show will continue as scheduled.
Opening night, set for January 28, is approaching quickly, and Dolly Parton herself is expected to be in attendance.
The show is being put on at the Savoy Theatre, located in London’s West End.