9 TO 5 THE MUSICAL
Dolly Parton’s smash-hit West End musical, 9 TO 5 THE MUSICAL has hit the stage in Melbourne, playing at the State Theatre on Southbank and it is truly fantastic.
Inspired by the hit film, the musical tells the story of Doralee, Violet and Judy, three enterprising workmates pushed to the edge by their mean-spirited boss Franklin Hart Jnr. Resorting to wit, camaraderie and cunning, they dream up a no holds barred scheme to kidnap and turn the tables on their controlling supervisor in the most hilariously defiant of ways.
The sheer talent and star power on display in the cast is well-worth the price of the ticket. Marina Prior, who has starred in countless musicals, plays the role of the continually overlooked, Violet Newstead. Casey Donovan really proves her diversity as a performer in the role of the meek, newly separated Judy Bernly. The role contrasts quite significantly from her recent portrayal of the brassy Mama Morton from Chicago, yet Casey really embodied the character whilst also displaying her incredible vocals and brilliant comic timing. Erin Clare plays the Dolly role of Doralee Rhodes and her voice is stunning. She really captures the country essence of the character that Dolly made famous whilst wowing everyone with her southern charm. Eddie Perfect is scarily good as the awful Frank Hart Jrn. His characterisation is spot on, ensuring everyone both simultaneously loathes and loves the character. Renowned for his comedy and writing (having written both Shane Warne The Musical and Beetlejuice), Eddie’s performance was highly entertaining and showed just how talented he truly is. The musical also stars the legend of the Australian stage, Caroline O’Connor whose portrayal of the busy-body and Frank Hart Jnr. obsessed Roz Keith is nothing short of brilliant and steals the show. These performers are so believable in their respective roles, and win the audience over with their brilliant performances that hit all of the notes ranging from hilarious to heart-warming. The rest of the ensemble are terrific, perfectly supporting the principle cast and bringing a lot of energy to the show through their singing and dancing.
The design of the show is bright, colourful and fun. The lighting and use of the 80’s computer as a motif are very clever. The costumes and set are also fantastic with brilliant direction leading to incredibly slick transitions, allowing the show to continually build in energy and excitement.
The highlight of the show; however, is Dolly herself who opens and closes the show via a pre-recorded video that encourages everyone to sing-a-long with her as she sings the titular song that everyone knows and loves. Even after all these years, Dolly is as charismatic and beautiful as ever.
9 TO 5 THE MUSICAL is playing until September 18 before moving onto Adelaide so get in now and grab your seats for this uplifting, hilarious and fun show!
Tickets and more information: www.9to5themusical.com.au
Written by: Michael Kent
Images: David Hooley