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What a way to make a living! 9 to 5 The Musical delights Birmingham crowds - review with pictures

By Megan Archer | Birmingham | Theatre & Comedy | Published:

What a way to make a living! 9 to 5 The Musical was a rip-roaring delight at The Alexandra in Birmingham last night.

9 to 5 The Musical. Photo Simon Turtle

Big hair, big shoulder pads, and big egos (just the men of course) made 9 to 5 one of the most feel-good musicals you could ever have the pleasure of watching.

A glorious yellow carpet welcomed visitors to the city centre theatre - which was completely sold out for Wednesday night.

Direct from the West End, Dolly Parton’s 9 to 5 The Musical is touring the UK after an immensely successful opening in London.

9 to 5 The Musical. Photo Simon Turtle

Superstar Dolly herself even had a special video message for fans before the show began, telling them to enjoy a ‘good ol' singalong’ and ‘have the time of their lives’.

The show tells the story of three workmates in a 1970s office pushed to boiling point by their sexist and egotistical boss.

The determined trio concoct a plan to kidnap and turn the tables on their despicable supervisor, but will the women manage to reform their office - or will events unravel when the CEO pays an unexpected visit?

9 to 5 The Musical. Photo Simon Turtle

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The three workmates are played by TV personality Louise Redknapp, Love Island 2017 winner Amber Davies and musical theatre star Georgina Castle - the ultimate girl power trio.

All three boast incredible singing voices, and delighted the audience with their quippy one-liners.

Louise Redknapp played strong, confident leader Violet Newstead, determined to be CEO; Amber Davies is the newly divorced and new to the work world Judy Bernly; while Georgina Castle was the sassy, sexy, but no-nonsense company secretary Doralee Rhodes.

9 to 5 The Musical. Photo Simon Turtle

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Together, they made a dynamic team, determined to change the female working world for the better.

Featuring tongue-in-cheek humour, a comedic pop at the current US president, and a few very adult jokes - drawing out the loudest of laughs from one tickled member of the audience - 9 to 5 is one musical you could just watch over again.

The performance was bouncy, colourful and just the best fun.

9 to 5 The Musical. Photo Simon Turtle

Tumble outta’ bed and stumble to see Dolly Parton’s smash-hit musical at The Alexandra until Saturday, September 14.

Megan Archer

By Megan Archer
Chief Reporter - @MeganA_Star

Chief Reporter with the Express & Star. Give me a call on 01902 319363 or email megan.archer@expressandstar.co.uk.

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