9 to 5: The Musical Review
Review by Callum Stott.
"You would be a scrooge not to have a huge smile on your face throughout the performance."
As the doors swung open at Edinburgh Playhouse for the first time in over 18 months, audiences are in desperate need of pure escapism and all the excitement musicals bring. 9 to 5 The Musical allows you to reconnect once again with live theatre and have the feel-good night out you have been craving.
Based on the hit movie “9 to 5”, 9 to 5 The Musical started its life in New York before making its way to London and is now on this UK Tour. The real reason why the show has managed to be so successful both on Broadway and in the UK is in the show’s ability to make a statement on workplace cultures, sexism, and misogyny.
Even though the narrative is set in the 1980s, its true power is that these issues are of course still being discussed today and are still incredibly relevant. This is told in a very consumable way through musical theatre but still really allows the audience to understand that even though this is a “period” piece, things haven’t changed completely since when the story is set.
The show focuses on three office colleagues, Violet, Doralee, and Judy who are all pushed to their breaking point by their sexist and egotistical boss, Franklin Hart Jnr. The ladies construct a plan to kidnap their manager and reform the offices for good, but things aren’t smooth sailing and there are many twists and turns that keep the show very exciting and fast-paced.
Finally, finishing the line-up was Stephaine Chandos playing Doralle Rhodes. This character is quintessentially the Dolly Parton figure within the group with country-western in her heart. Stephaine Chandos also really nails the vocal numbers within the show and adds a real depth to the character and takes you on real character development throughout the performance. Alongside a talented principal cast, the ensemble is stage performing to the masses.
Featuring a brilliant score written by Dolly Parton, including the hit song “9 to 5”, this musical is incredibly uplifting, and I feel you would be a scrooge not to have a huge smile on your face throughout the performance.