Based on the 1980’s Dolly Parton film of the same name, 9 to 5 is one of the newest residents in London’s West End. The musical tells the tale of three unlikely friends who come together to kidnap their slimy sexist boss and take management of their workplace as well as overcoming their personal struggles along the way.
The show stars Amber Davies as ‘Judy Bernly’, Brian Conley as ‘Franklin Hart’, Bonnie Langford as ‘Roz Keith’, Natalie McQueen as ‘Doralee Rhodes’ and Louise Redknapp reclaiming her role of ‘Violet Newstead’ from Caroline Sheen as of March 25th after recovering from her injury.
From the moment you walk into the theatre the first thing you notice is the slick set design formed of a bunch of computer screens surrounding the entirety of the stage, the screens are cleverly used to emphasise colours and scenes. It’s also hard not to notice the MASSIVE glittery 9 to 5 with an alarm clock attached, WHICH DOLLY APPEARS ON.
Standout performances in this show have to go to Natalie McQueen as Doralee, she completely embodies Dolly Parton and has the character down to perfection. The look, the accent, her comic timing was absolutely phenomenal, her performance blew me away and her voice was just incredible. Bonnie Langford is in a league of her own in this show, in her song ‘Hart to Hart’ Bonnie proves why she’s become a legend and household name in her own right. Bonnie is the ultimate quadruple threat and she has buckets of talent, flexibility and a leg extension any dancer would die for. Bonnie Langford alone should convince you to go and see this show.
Brian Connelly as Franklin Hart is the ultimate villian, he’s like marmite- you love and hate him, but he’s absolutely hilarious, especially between the intervals! (No spoilers here!) Bonnie and Brian make the ultimate dream team, they’re comedy gold together and are perfectly cast. Caroline Sheen effortlessly took on the role of Violet Newstead at short notice and absolutely nailed her performance. She shows her wealth of performance experience and absolutely steals the limelight.
Amber Davies has an outstanding voice and has some brilliant lines in the show, ‘Get Out and Stay Out’ and ‘I Just Might’ are standout moments for Davies. I have to say I don’t think the role showed Davies at her full potential, but compared to the other big characters in the show, in my opinion, the role of Judy Bernly doesn’t have much going for it apart from a fabulous powerhouse song which Amber slayed and I can’t wait to see where her career takes her from here, she’s got a bright future ahead.
Following the huge success of 9 TO 5 THE MUSICAL at the Savoy Theatre in London’s West End, the producers of the show are delighted to announce that a second production of the hit musical will play 11 cities throughout the UK and Ireland, opening at the Alexandra Theatre Birmingham on 6 September 2019, before visiting Manchester, Milton Keynes, Liverpool, Glasgow, Woking, Aberdeen, Cardiff, Sunderland, Edinburgh and Dublin. Casting is to be announced soon.
9 to 5 The Musical is a night out full of laughter and catchy tunes, the ultimate girl power show and who doesn’t love a bit of Dolly Parton! Massive thank you to RAW PR for giving us the chance to see the show and meet the cast afterwards. We got to go backstage and have a photo on stage.
*This experience was gifted in exchange for review*