9 To 5: The Musical

9 To 5: The Musical is a musical based on the 1980 movie of the same name, with music and lyrics by Dolly Parton. It has a book by Patricia Resnick, and is based on the screenplay by Resnick and Colin Higgins. I went to see the amateur WOS production at the Winston Churchill Theatre in Ruislip.

The story is set in the late 1970s, in an office where three colleagues, Violet, Judy and Doralee, join forces to get revenge on their misogynistic, amoral, bigoted boss. It features several hit Dolly Parton songs including Backwoods Barbie, Shine Like the Sun and of course 9 To 5.

I didn’t really know what to expect from this show, but I ended up really enjoying it. The performances were good, especially from the actress playing new employee Judy. The plot was slightly predictable, but it in its emphasis on female empowerment and better working conditions it had a strong message. I liked that the show didn’t take itself too seriously: it was very funny in parts.

I’d like to see a professional production of this musical, but until then, this WOS production was a hugely enjoyable one.


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