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  • Time will 'fly by' watching 9 to 5

    Henry James

    DOLLY Parton’s 9 to 5: The Musical starts at a quick pace and does not relent throughout.

    The show, which is at the Liverpool Empire until this Saturday (October 5), is based on the 1980s film of the same name.

    It tells the story of a group of female office workers who gang together to teach their misogynistic and sexist boss a lesson.

    The three female employees include: Violet Newstead (Louise Redknapp), Judy Bernly (Amber Davies) and Doralee Rhodes (Georgina Castle). The character closest to Parton is Doralee Rhodes and she played the part in the original film.

    Parton may not be in the touring cast, but she appears at different stages of the production through a video screen. At one point she even starts off one of the songs.

    Of course, the standout song of the show is 9 to 5, which was a number one hit for Parton in America and it is used throughout the night.

    Louise is good in the lead role of Violet and is able to fully show off her singing and dancing skills in the song, One of the Boys. Her dancing skills earned her the runner-up spot in the 2016 series of Strictly Come Dancing. 

    One of the highlights of the show is Amber Davies’s rendition of the number, Get Out and Stay Out, which was met with enthusiastic applause on the night I went to watch it.

    Sean Needham is the hated boss Franklin Hart Jnr and he brings the right amount of comedy into the role.

    However the show is all about the women, and the shift in power within the office.

    The bright and colourful sets are worth a mention too and provide a welcome break from the dark autumn days.

    The time will fly-by quickly watching 9 to 5. 8/10

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