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Performance: Monday 29th April 2013, Evening
I went to see 9 to 5 at the Mayflower last night - I wasn’t really expecting much, as I thought it was basically going to be about Dolly Parton - boy was I wrong! It was brilliant! .
For the first time ever, we bought stalls tickets (thanks to a student special price, and opening night discounted adult tickets!) and the view was fab. We sat about 1/3 of the way back, just as the seats started to tier, so the view was just about perfect.
This might be the most detailed curtain i’ve ever seen too - so many images (including the Muppets! which obviously made me happy!)
The story, for those that don’t know (spoilers coming up) is set in 1979, and deals with sexism in the workplace. Three secretaries get fed up with their boss who treats them worse than the men in the office (who get paid $2000 a year more for doing the same job), so, in short, they “accidentally” kidnap their boss until they get their way.
I cannot stress how brilliantly funny it was. It wasn’t tacky funny either, but the way the characters were written made the laughs come naturally, it was hysterical!
Mark Moraghan (Played Franklyn J Hart) - he was great - his singing voice perhaps wasn’t as powerful as those of the women (how ironic!) but his acting was marvellous - the last thing I expected to see was him in a little pair of pink pants tied to an office desk with a phone cord! He also spent quite a large amount of Act 2, “tied up”, suspended from ropes in a bedroom, which much have hurt A LOT, as i’m sure fellow boys will understand!
Jackie Clune (Violet Newstead) - she was amazing! She had such a powerful singing voice! The one thing I felt with her acting though, was that it didn’t have too much emotion - at the beginning she is supposed to be a strong, bossy, independent woman, but that changes as the show progresses, but I don’t think her acting echoed the personality changes as well as it could have. Still a stellar performance though! She also sounded exactly like the starfish from Finding Nemo, which added an extra level of hilarity to her performance! :P
Natalie Casey (Judy Bernley) - she stole the show. She was SO DAMN FUNNY. Her character was written as a sort of slow, dim-witted person, and she portrays that perfectly and with such hilarity! I think the audience laughed at nearly everything she said - half the time it wasn’t what she said, but the way she said it! Her character starts the show being really shy and dependent on others, but finishes with her becoming strong, confident and independent, and Natalie’s acting really showed that well! A 5* performance from her!
Amy Lennox (Doralee Rhodes) This was the part Dolly Parton played in the film, so I think the stage role was written to reflect Dolly Parton’s portrayal of the character, rather than the actual character. This was great in some ways, as obviously Dolly Parton is “the face” of the musical, but I think Amy had to put too much effort into being Dolly - mainly the American country accent, which slipped a few times! Apart from that, she gave a great performance!
Bonnie Langford (Roz Keith) - she definitely comes a very close second to Natalie Casey for stealing the show. She had quite a minor part, but she was absolutely PERFECT for it, and it was so so funny. She was the uptight, suited, kiss-up office secretary, so it was a HUGE and hilarious surprise to see her suddenly declare her love for the boss by stripping off to little panties and suspenders! What a shock to the system! She is also REALLY REALLY bendy, I literally could not believe my eyes - she can fold herself in half!! She also belted out some rather impressive notes whilst being held upside down by the boss, dressed in suspenders, which must be more than hard!! Definitely another 5* performance.
As a side note, one of the ensemble looked almost exactly like Aaron Tveit too….which is rather exciting :P
Overall, it was a fantastic show, and it was so much better than I was expecting it to be, and is definitely worth a see. Bonnie Langford is leaving the tour after Southampton though, so I don’t think it will be quite as good without her - unless they can find someone equally as bendy!!!
Wicked cast change was six months ago today! I can’t believe it’s been that long already!