Theatre Review: 9 TO 5 THE MUSICAL – Palace Theatre, Manchester


Inspired by the hit cult film, 9 TO 5 THE MUSICAL is a laugh-a-minute production about teaming up, standing up and taking care of business!

4.5 out of 5 stars

Based on the hit 1980s cult film, 9 TO 5 THE MUSICAL tells the story of Doralee, Violet and Judy, three workmates pushed to boiling point by their sexist and bigot boss. Fed up, the ladies create a plan to kidnap and turn the tables on their despicable supervisor. But will the girls manage to reform their office and the lives of its workers or will events unravel when the CEO pays an unexpected visit?

Featuring an Oscar, Grammy and Tony award-nominated score by the Queen of Country herself, Dolly Parton, 9 TO 5 THE MUSICAL is a hilarious production about teaming up, standing up and taking care of business! Georgina Castle is a fabulous Doralee “Dolly”, boasting not only the “assets” but capturing her subtle facial expressions and movements.

Elsewhere, Amber Davies and Louise Redknapp equally command the stage, their solo performances coming across as both clean and powerful. Despite losing his American twang at some points, Sean Needham has the audience in stitches, creating a character that the audience both hate but love at the same time. Lucinda Lawrence also deserves a mention as Roz, her impeccable solo dance and number bringing the house down with hilarious stripteases and Pasodoble.

Tom Roger’s set design is impressive with 80s style desktop computers framing the set in a throwback to the busy offices of yesteryear. Large set pieces also slide on and off, allowing the action to easily switch between scenes with the help of the video wall.

Narrated by Dolly herself, 9 TO 5 THE MUSICAL is a must-see for fans of the film or Dolly Parton. This laugh-a-minute production shows that girl power really gets it all done.

9 TO 5 THE MUSICAL runs at the Palace Theatre, Manchester until 21 September 2019.