This is the musical adaptation of the popular 80’s film. As you would expect, the music is excellent and with a great cast, the show doesn’t drag. The choreography is well executed. It is a celebration of three women overcoming their sexist boss. What’s not to like about that?
Claire Sweeney plays the lead as Violet Newstead and is really suited to the role playing the emotional moments with style. Vivian Panka, well what stunning vocals as she takes on the role of Judy Bernly and Stephanie Chandos plays the part of Doralee Rhodes in a believable way whilst also displaying a powerful singing voice.
Sean Needham has wonderful comic timing and Julia J Nagle is very funny. Russel Dickson as Joe has a great chemistry with Sweeney and his Let Love Grow rendition is great. For me, Margaret, played by Sarah-Marie Maxwell was the highlight of the show whilst Ross Lee Fowkes was very good as the ex husband of Judy, an unpleasant man.
All in all, 9 to 5 is a good night out. Yes some of the elements of the show seem unsuitable for the world in which we now live but it is one of the funniest shows I have seen for a while and the cast received a standing ovation from a packed Regent Theatre.
The show is on until Saturday February 26th. Tickets available from ATGTICKETS.COM/Stoke