I’m so very excited that the fabulous Dolly Parton’s 9 To 5 The Musical is in town! I was lucky enough not only to see it on stage, but to get in on the Dollywood action when the 8ft tall letters came to my workplace for a photocall with other members of my team and the gorgeous ladies from Leeds Grand Theatre (I’m the first D).
The show follows the story of the original film Nine to Five, which was made in 1979. As you can imagine, this works fantastically well as a musical, with Dolly’s songs, comedy, romance, girl power and some pretty camp costumes too. All that singing and dancing makes it hard to believe people wouldn’t like working in this particular office…even the sexist boss (played by Ben Richards) who we are supposed to despise is a total swoon – a change from the movie, or perhaps just the 70s style?!
The three main female characters played by Jackie Clune (Violet), Natalie Casey (Judy) and Amy Lennox (Doralee – Dolly’s original part) bounced off each other gleefully, and caused many a belly laugh in the audience with their well timed witty oneliners. Bonnie Langford had my jaw at the core of the earth with her incredible body, bendiness and skilled dance moves. I loved her portrayal of lovesick office creep Roz.
The whole audience were clapping along from the first notes of 9-5 and whooped when Dolly appeared (on film) as the narrator to the story. I think a musical has done it’s job right if I laugh a lot, sing along, get up to dance at the end and leave the theatre feeling uplifted and wanting to join the ensemble. This ticked all the boxes. Dolly good fun!
This playlist has been inspired by the theme of the musical – working women taking care of business. Crank it into your shoulderpads for some Monday morning motivation!
- Donna Summer – She Works Hard For The Money
- Fun Boy Three – It Ain’t What You Do It’s the Way That You Do It
- Paul McCartney – Temporary Secretary – 2011 Remaster
- Jane Wiedlin – Rush Hour
- Gwen Stefani – Rich Girl
- Roxette – Dressed For Success
- Britney Spears – I’m A Slave 4 U
- Adeva – Respect
- Estelle – Do My Thing – feat. Janelle Monáe
- Alicia Keys – Girl on Fire
Playlist by @Wandapops – Leeds Playlist is my blog, thanks for reading