REVIEW ROUND-UP: 9 To 5 The Musical at the Savoy Theatre

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Dolly Parton’s musical based on the popular film has officially opened at the Savoy Theatre. Here’s what  critics have been saying about it…

London Theatre.co.uk: ★★★★ “Director Jeff Calhoun and choreographer Lisa Stevens keep the show bubbling with a sparkling, propulsive effervescence.”

Time Out: ★★★ “If her whole brand rests on the sincere heart beating under her fake rhinestone-studded costumes, ‘9 to 5’ is all about her often overlooked feminist edge. It’s a hairspray-induced hallucination whose message lingers.”

The Guardian: ★★★ “While the musical is a simplistic revenge fantasy, it is stylishly put across in Jeff Calhoun’s production.”

Exeunt Magazine: “Sheen, Davies, Langford and McQueen are the diamonds in the rhinestone world of this production. Quite simply, they are on another level to everything else on stage.”

The Stage: ★★★ “The show as a whole is fun, if gaudy and silly, but its feminist message, when compared to the film, is like costume jewellery next to a Faberge egg. It’s still very entertaining, and after all these years (almost 40 of them) it feels, depressingly, necessary.”

Broadway World: ★★ “These choices are indicative of a show that’s bright and feel-good, but just too broad for its subject matter: more tipsy office party than meaningful workplace drama. Brand Dolly may be about the heart and grit beneath the rhinestones, but this 9 to 5 is too often distracted by the sparkle.”

Evening Standard: ★★ “There’s not enough real firepower here or in Patricia Resnick’s script; Jeff Calhoun’s production chugs along on its monumental office set, but it’s increasingly hard to care whether poor Violet will ever stop being overlooked for an overdue promotion.”

London Theatre1: ★★★ “Roz Keith (Bonnie Langford, reprising the role from a previous UK tour in 2012-13) impresses with incredible dancing skills. The set and costumes (Tom Rogers) are spot on, and the videos (Nina Dunn) are all easy on the eyes.”

The Times: ★★★ “Jeff Calhoun’s West End production rarely takes you by surprise, but it never really lets you down either.”

West End Wilma: ★★★★ “9 to 5 is a fun night out if you are looking for something a bit silly but still very enjoyable. It is certainly a show for Parton fans as well as those who just want a bit of dazzle in a show.”

9 to 5 continues to play at the Savoy Theatre.

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Emma Clarendon studied drama through A-Level before deciding she was much better suited to writing about theatre than appearing onstage. She’s written for a number of online publications ever since, including The News Hub and Art Info. Emma set up her own blog, Love London Love Culture, in April 2015 and tweets at LoveLDNLoveCul.
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Emma Clarendon studied drama through A-Level before deciding she was much better suited to writing about theatre than appearing onstage. She’s written for a number of online publications ever since, including The News Hub and Art Info. Emma set up her own blog, Love London Love Culture, in April 2015 and tweets at LoveLDNLoveCul.

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