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Tuesday, November 20th 2012

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On today's Mooney, with Marty Morrissey,

We find out what life was like on board the space shuttle and the international space station with Italian astronaut, Paolo Nespoli. Brenda brings us news of a very special Mooney On Tour: Comedy Extravaganza. And, ahead of her starring role in the musical 9 To 5: The Musical, we bring you an exclusive interview with the legendary Bonnie Langford!

Bonnie Langford Stars In 9 To 5: The Musical

Bonnie Langford was a child star, famous for uttering the immortal line "I'll scweam and scweam and scweam until I'm sick" in Just William. Since then she went on to feature as Mel in Doctor Who, and in the West End and on Broadway in productions such as Gypsy, Bugsy Malone and in numerous Christmas pantos. More recently she took part in the ITV reality show Dancing On Ice, finishing third, and she also toured in Torvill and Dean's Dancing on Ice: The Tour.

But now she's traded her skating blades for the stage once more, to star as Roz in a new musical adaptation of Dolly Parton's 9 To 5. The production, which has been touring the UK since October, will come to Dublin's Bord Gáis Energy Theatre next January, and we are thrilled that Bonnie Langford joins Marty on the show today, to tell us all about it...

The cast of '9 To 5 - The Musical'
The cast of '9 To 5 - The Musical'

9 To 5 The Musical will take place from January 21st - 26th, and we have a fantastic prize to be won! 9 To 5: The Musical was written by Dolly Parton, the original star of the 9 To 5 movie, and of course the singer of that iconic 9 To 5 song. So in honour of Dolly, we are running a competition!

The prize is:
- Two tickets to the opening night of 9 To 5: The Musical on January 21st 2013;
- Overnight accommodation in a King Deluxe Room in the 4-star boutique Morgan Hotel (www.themorgan.com)
- A pre-theatre dinner and cocktails
- A buffet breakfast the following morning
- As well as access to the VIP Circle Club at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre

It’s certainly a fab prize - so what do you have to do to win it?

We want you to write a Dolly Parton limerick - a five-line poem about Dolly in a ‘limerick’ style. So get your ‘creative caps’ on, and text your Dolly limericks to 51551 or e-mail them to mooney@rte.ie. The best limerick will win that great hotel package to the Morgan Hotel and tickets to the opening night of 9 To 5: The Musical. We'll announce the winner on tomorrow's show!

Launch Of Mooney Christmas Show at Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge

Last July, The Nualas performed for us in our Mooney On Tour show in the Droichead Arts Centre in Drogheda. Lots of you wanted to come and see them perform, but were unable to secure tickets. Well if you were one of those, then Brenda Donohue has some good news for you!

Mooney will be hosting a very special Christmas show at Riverbank Arts Centre in Newbridge on December 2nd. There will be a fantastic line-up including The Nualas, June Rogers, Brian Kennedy, Colm O’Regan, and Rory Cowan. And the best news of all is that IT'S FREE!!!!!

You can get hold of tickets by contacting the Riverbank box office on 045 448 327. All applicants must be over 18 years of age - tickets will be allocated on a first-come, first-get-the-ticket basis…

The programme will commence at 7.30, so doors will close at 7.15.

And if you can't make the Mooney Christmas Show, you might like to know that The Nualas will also be performing at Riverbank in the New Year, on Friday, February 1st 2013. They are also going to be in the Button Factory in Temple Bar on December 16th (tickets from tickets.ie or thenualas.com).

Living In The International Space Station

This image of the International Space Station with the docked Europe's ATV Johannes Kepler and Space Shuttle Endeavour was taken by Expedition 27 crew member Paolo Nespoli from the Soyuz TMA-20 following its undocking on 24 May 2011. Credits: ESA/NASA
This image of the International Space Station with the docked Europe's ATV Johannes Kepler and Space Shuttle Endeavour was taken by Expedition 27 crew member Paolo Nespoli from the Soyuz TMA-20 following its undocking on 24 May 2011.

Credits: ESA/NASA

Here on Mooney, we take you to all kinds of weird and wonderful places – and today, with the help of Italian astronaut Paolo Nespoli we’re taking you into outer space! Paolo spent almost six months in the International Space Station last year, from where he regularly tweeted (as you do!). He also took some spectacular photographs including the rare sight of a US space shuttle parked at the International Space Station. He joins Marty today to chat about what it's like to look down on Earth from a Space Station... To follow Paolo on Twitter, click here.

Mooney Tunes

Mooney Tunes 7 will take place in the National Concert Hall on December 18th. The show will start at 8 PM, as usual. This concert has already sold out. In fact, it actually sold out on the day Derek announced it, a couple of weeks ago. HOWEVER, we are still looking for suggestions for this concert - pieces of music that you would like included. We've had quite a few e-mails already, but we are always open to hearing new stories, and inventive musical suggestions.

Because of the extraordinary demand for tickets, we've decided to organise a separate concert for the afternoon of the same day, December 18th. A full matinee concert, with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, and selected performers.

It's going to be a different concert from the evening show, with a different selection of music, and it's going to be just the thing for anybody doing their Christmas shopping in the morning time, in Dublin city centre, and who fancies a fabulous musical diversion in the afternoon!

We will be selecting a different program for the afternoon show. Different from the evening show. There might be a couple of pieces in common, but by and large, distinctive shows.

Mooney Tunes Matinee
• December 18th at 3:30pm
• Prices are €15, €20, €25
• To contact the Box Office call 01 417-0000 or visit www.nch.ie

Send us in your choice of music, and why you would like it to be included, to mooney@rte.ie or to:

RTÉ Radio Centre
Dublin 4

The Island Landscape

RTÉ Television, in association with Mooney, is currently producing a major new documentary series on the history of the Irish landscape. The series will tell the story of how our landscape was created after the last major climatic event – the end of the last Ice Age, over ten thousand years ago.  And we want your help! Would you like to contribute video towards the TV series? Click here to find out what we're looking for!

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