9 to 5

Date 26th July 2019
Society Billboard Ensemble Barry
Venue Barry Memo
Type of Production Musical
Director Jon Mason Coombs
Musical Director Emma Arscott
Choreographer Lois Banks

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Author: Allan Mears

An opening video link from the iconic Dolly Parton herself welcomed the audience and introduced the show. 9 to 5 The Musical is based on the 1980 hit movie of the same name. Set in the late 1970s, it is a story of friendship and revenge within the workplace.

Angelique Duff as Violet Newstead demonstrated brashness and determination in her character, bringing out the subtle humour but also displaying her sensitive caring side. This actress was confident, expressive and her timing was excellent

Rebecca Hennessey as Judy Bernly the nervous, newly-divorced office newbie ‘Get Out and Stay Out’ was delivered with absolute conviction. This actress didn’t hold back and her performance was strong and enjoyable.

Lois banks as Doralee Rhodes had clearly worked hard on her accent. This actresses portrayal was strong and brought just the right characterisation to the part, a good hearted country girl.

There is little doubt that the success of this musical is heavily reliant on the three female leads. The team work between these three actresses needs applauding, they complemented each other and were a superb team. Each delivered some excellent vocals. These three carried the show at just the correct pace.

Michael Bennett as Franklin Hart Jr the domineering and lecherous President of the company.  This portrayal was sleazy but comical with good vocals.

Charlottle Brown as Roz Keith the frustrated assistant threw herself into the role, making her own the solo ‘Heart to Hart’. This actress gave a delightful interpretation of the character, showing excellent comic timing.

Joshua Taylor as Joe suitor to Violet played his role with empathy and a good understanding of the character.

There were many other roles that shone - too numerous to mention, as was the ensemble who complimented the principles in everything they were as asked to do.

The music was balanced, the coordination between the pit and the stage was very much together with an excellent balance of sound. Choreography was modern and slick and it was good to see the full company involved.

The scenery and props were effective and appropriate for the period. Lighting was again excellent provided by Lightsource Production Services.

This production was well cast with all members of the company on stage providing full support to the principals and I am sure all involved in the production, including the production team, must be extremely pleased with the end result.