Theatre Review: 9 To 5 The Musical - New Wimbledon Theatre (UK Tour) ✭✭✭✭

9 To 5 The Musical
Music & Lyrics By Dolly Parton
Written By Patricia Resnick
Directed By Jeff Calhoun

Tuesday 24th October: Following the success of the classic 80’s hit movie ‘9 to 5’ starring the legendary Dolly Parton, this new musical adaptation direct from Broadway certainly had a lot to live up to. This expectation was apparent just from the excited pre-show conversations that filled the sold out venue at the New Wimbledon Theatre.

Opening with a cheeky and somewhat charming video narration from Parton herself, the production kicks off with that familiar musical number that instantly has the audience singing along. The music that follows is just as good and catchy as the song the production is known for.

Based on the hit movie, ‘9 to 5 The Musical’ is a light-hearted comedy about three female office workers who seek revenge on their egotistical and sexist boss Franklin Hart played by the very convincing Ben Richards (series regular in The Bill and Holby City). Conspiring to take over the company the three feisty females set out not only to turn the tables on their bigot boss but to prove to everyone that it is not longer ‘a man’s world’.

Jackie Clune gives a knockout performance as Violet, with outstanding vocals and a feisty humour that often has the audience chuckling. Amy Lennox as Dora Lee also belts out a few impressive musical numbers successfully filling Dolly Parton’s But the biggest surprise of the night was Natalie Casey (best known as Donna in Two Pints of Lager) who puts her mark on the show with a very witty and loveable portrayal of Judy. Although not the strongest vocalist of the three females, Casey’s fantastically emotional and heartfelt performance of ‘Get Out and Stay Out’ was the musical highlight of the whole show.

This glittery musical comedy is absolutely perfect for a girl’s night out; however the gents shouldn’t be put off as they can definitely appreciate it to. Having dragged my boyfriend to his first ever musical experience he had a big fat smile throughout the entire performance and I even caught him singing once or twice!

9 to 5 The Musical is full of fun, comedy and upbeat musical numbers that will have you on your feet and singing by the end of it. Even if you aren’t a fan of country music or Dolly Parton, this is still a definite must see!

Four stars out five ✭✭✭✭

Review by Rachel Toye

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