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9 to 5 The Musical at the Lyceum Sheffield

Published by: Paul Tyree on 22nd Apr 2013 | View all blogs by Paul Tyree

9 to 5 by Patricia Resnick, Music and Lyrics by Dolly Parton


Based on the 80's film this theatre production seems to be overcoming problems in the exact same way that the three stars overcame their sexist boss in the movie itself. On the night in question the start of the production was delayed by several minutes. Not something that can't be overlooked. However, much as I am a fan of Dolly Parton herself, this production has been Dollied up to within an inch of its life. Dolly, projected on a giant screen, becomes our narrator and guide as several scenes are bookended by her words and homespun charm. This, it has to be said, is the weakest and most unnecessary part of the show. It's almost as if they lack belief in the story itself and hopefully any revivals of this musical would be well advised to drop the Dolly sections completely.
That being said there is much on show here that is well worth the price of admission. The songs and music, by Ms Parton, are excellent and deliver in exactly the way they would need to to make this show work.
Jackie Clune as Violet, the Lilly Tomlin part, gives you a sense of reliability. Her performance is relaxed and, indeed in the best sense of theatrical tradition, she makes it look easy - which means she's working very hard indeed. Amy Lennox as Doralee, the Dolly Parton role, is charming and sings well. However, the star of this show by a hundred miles or more, is Natalie Casey as Judy, the Jane Fonda part. Ironically it was Jane Fonda herself who asked Patricia Resnick to write the film, so it is perhaps fitting that the actress playing her part would shine the brightest, even though Ms Fonda's name doesn't appear anywhere on the marquee.
Ms Casey, who has made this part completely her own, seems to be channelling both Adam Sandler and Dustin Hoffman to create one of the best female comic performances that you're ever likely to see. She is worth the price of admission alone, simply as an acting class, and I would advise any parent with a child who wishes to act to get to the Lyceum before this closes. Without her performance the show would have been average, but with her she makes the nine to five worth showing up for.
Playing until Saturday.




1 Comment

  • Cameron Lowe
    by Cameron Lowe 4 years ago
    Thanks, Paul. Totally agree that Natalie Casey is outstanding. Bonnie Langford as Roz also shone in the Glasgow leg of the tour. Very entertaining show.
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