9 to 5 - REVIEW

By Rob Holcroft Thursday 20 December 2012 Updated: 21/12 11:04

9 to 5 - The Musical

New Alexandra Theatre


IF YOU'RE looking for an uplifting show that’s different to the usual fare available at this festive time then you couldn’t do any better than going to see “9 to 5” the amazing, new musical, direct from Broadway.

Based on the 70s movie, it highlights the daily struggles three, very different, women have trying to succeed in a ‘man’s world’, while working for a sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot.

Fortunes change when the ladies are pushed to their limits and events take an unexpected turn with life-changing consequences.

In addition to the popular title track, we are treated to a whole bunch of new songs, written especially for the show by the legendary singer songwriter, Dolly Parton, as well as several ‘virtual’ appearances from the southern belle throughout the performance.

A superb cast bring this story to life with great characters, incredible vocals and slick dance routines.

Jackie Clune, Amy Lennox and Natalie Casey deliver magnificent performances as the downtrodden, but ultimately triumphant, trio of Violet, Doralee and Judy, with stunning voices, brilliant storytelling and hilarious comedic moments, while the impressive Ben Richards is perfectly detestable as their nemesis, Franklyn J. Hart.

The nation’s favourite, Bonnie Langford, gives a jaw-dropping, awesome performance as Hart’s smitten assistant, Roz Keith, leaving the audience howling with laughter in her number ‘Heart To Hart’.

The talented members of the ensemble are fantastically energised and keep the musical flowing from scene to scene with their choreographic interjections.

Jeff Calhoun has to be commended on doing such a wonderful job as director and choreographer, as this magical production truly inspires and motivates and is pure escapism at its very best.

9 to 5 The Musical will have you grinning from ear to ear and wishing it would never end. I sincerely hope that it will get the West End transfer that it surely deserves. Go and see it now at the New Alexandra Theatre in Birmingham now before the tour ends on January 5, 2013.

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