Review: 9 to 5

9 to 5, a movie which launched the 80’s with big hair, big bad sexist bosses and girl power.

I haven’t seen 9 to 5 since, well, dare I admit it, since it came out!! And I always remember it with a smile and a tune in my head.

So when I heard it was coming to the Opera House as a musical. It had to be seen!

Expectations were high and as the third of three musicals in a very short space of time at the Opera House, it had a big task to live up to the high standard set by a superb High Society and the action packed roller coaster of Hairspray.

So did it live up to its predecessors?

Of course it did!

With the one and only Dolly Parton providing the music and lyrics, and a legendary movie of its time, it would be a hard job to fail.

I have to admit the first few scenes were a bit, uncomfortable, I guess the word would be. Wow, how times have progressed and moved on… or have they? In my world, that extent of sexist behaviour just wouldn’t exist.

Then the tipping point came and the real fun began… revenge!

The 3 secretaries characters came to life and for the rest of the show it was a treat, a great big solid night of comedy, music, fun and entertainment.

There were a few surprises, which I didn’t expect at all. The surprise guest appearance and the other one, which had the whole audience jump up out of their seats… When it happens, you WILL jump as well! Hilarious!

The set was enormous and if you’ve been backstage at the Opera House, you will be questioning how on earth they fitted everything in.

At the end when the audience are on their feet singing and dancing and drooling over a fit Ben Richards and wildly applauding each cast member, you know it’s been a great show.

9 to 5 The Musical is a wonderful musical about girl power in the early 80’s, it’s a lot of fun, and a good uplifting comedy!

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