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Thursday, 12 September 2019

REVIEW: 9 to 5 The Musical, The Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham


Bright pink outfits, pushed up bras and a whole lot of sass; I tumbled out of bed and stumbled along to 9 to 5 The Musical this week, which is currently bringing a whole load of shoulder pads, colour and absolute joy to The Alexandra Theatre. 

Admittedly, 9 to 5 is up there with my favourite songs of all time, and the film is absolutely hilarious. So when I saw last year that the musical was coming to the West End, I had my fingers crossed that it would eventually make its way up to Birmingham – and it has! The show began with a few words from the Queen herself, Dolly Parton – unfortunately on a screen – and it started with a bang. 

9 to 5 The Musical tells the story of three workmates who are working in a man’s world. Violet Newstead is a strong, independent woman who is just trying to do the best for her teenage son since her husband passed away. She trains all the men in this boys club of a business, but never gets offered a promotion, and she’s sick of it. Judy Bernly has never done a day’s work in her life. But after she divorces from her husband because of him running off with his secretary, she has to find herself and discover who she truly is. Doralee Rhodes is the super sweet secretary who is much smarter than she looks, with a whole load of country girl sass. 


 The three women all have one thing in common though; their hatred of their sexist, egotistical and downright disgusting boss Franklin Hart Jnr. They kidnap him, before managing to completely transform the office, and a visit from the CEO finally gives the girls the good news they need. 

I have to admit, I was incredibly surprised at how talented the cast of this show are. They are all absolutely outstanding. TV personality and musician Louise Redknapp takes on the role of Violet Newstead and completely makes it her own. The role suited her to a T, and along with a stunning selection of outfits and super cool songs, she was perfect for the character. West End star Georgina Castle takes on the role of Doralee Rhodes, and she was just fantastic! From the hair to the voice, she was the perfect woman to take on the role made famous by Dolly and I highly expect to see her become one of the biggest West End names. 


The role of the naïve yet adorable Judy was taken on by Love Island winner Amber Davies. Admittedly, I am a massive Love Island fan so I was so excited to see what Amber would be like on stage and my god, what an absolute superstar. Amber’s voice is just something else, as is her acting and amazingly, her comedic timing! If you think Amber is just another reality TV star then you couldn’t be more wrong. In fact, she is a trained musical theatre professional. The girl has bags of talent, and so much to give. Good on her for following her dreams, and I can’t wait to see what role she lands next as she has a very bright future ahead. 

One of the highlights of the show for me just had to be the humour. The show is absolutely hysterical! I was in fits of laughter throughout the production, and with a few sly digs here and there at no other than Donald Trump, the jokes were timely and fun. Another highlight had to be music itself of course. The show is jam packed with show stopping hits, from super fun and fiery songs like ‘Hey Boss’ and ‘One of the Boys’, to emotional numbers like ‘I Just Might’. My favourite song just had to be ‘Get Out and Stay Out’, sang by Amber Davies. I actually had tears in my eyes! It is an incredible song and really shows the audience the journey that Judy has been on. 

The set is also very cool and VERY 80s! From the office to Frank’s house, the set changes are quick and smooth, without too much distraction, and the costumes also offer a glimpse into 80s fashion, with a lot of colour and powerful suits! 

I absolutely LOVED 9 to 5 The Musical. It is lively, fun and incredibly funny; a welcome distraction from the stress of everyday life. However, underneath the hilarious moments, there is a real story there following women just wanting to be treated with more respect, and less like silly girls, in the workplace. Although I am glad that we’ve come on leaps and bounds since the 1980s, we still have much more to go and I believe more productions showing stories like this, with strong female characters, will help remind women that we have so much more to give, and we deserve respect!

9 to 5 The Musical: 10/10


*I was gifted two press tickets to enjoy this production from The Alexandra Theatre in return for a review on this blog.  

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