Gal power took hold with a vengeance last week as 9 to 5 – the musical rolled into the King’s Theatre, Glasgow.
This show is a musical comedy take on the classic 1980 film starring Dolly Parton, Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda. As might be expected, the music and lyrics are pure Dolly and the country legend herself makes a guest appearance (via the magic of videotape) as the narrator.
The setting is an office in 1970s New York. From the technology heavy perspective of 2012, it’s hard to remember that there was once a time when office workers relied on typewriters instead of computers and the internet, email and mobile phones were still the stuff of sci-fi fantasy. Back then, female staff struggled for equal rights and pay; sexism in the workplace was rife, and few women were able to progress from the typing pool to the boardroom.
The story follows the exploits of a triumvirate of women – single mum Violet, newly divorced Judy and country girl Doralee – as they try to get through the working day at Consolidated Industries. Nightmare boss Franklin Hart is the bane of their lives yet by working together they find an innovative way to bring him down a peg or two…
Jackie Clune (Violet), Natalie Casey (Judy) and Amy Lennox (Doralee) were all brilliantly cast and had great chemistry. But watch out for Bonnie Langford in show-stopping style as Hart’s assistant, Roz. Trust me, you’ll be gobsmacked by her agility.
9 to 5 – the musical is a lot of fun and has rightly been playing to packed audiences. As a child of the 1970s, I loved the costumes, hair and make-up, and set dressing; the colour palette was spot-on for the era. I left the theatre with the urge to don a Halston dress and flick my hair. But perhaps I’ll forgo the 1970s office experience.
The tour continues nationwide until mid-July 2013. For anyone who missed it first time around, 9 to 5 – the musical will make a return visit to Glasgow in January. Male bosses beware!