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Based on the hit 1980 film, which starred Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda and the stage show’s composer/lyricist Dolly Parton, the Broadway musical adaptation follows three very different women all employed by mega-company Consolidated. The three women are Violet Newstead, a strong-willed longtime employee frequently passed over for promotion because of her gender, Judy Bernly, a mousy divorcee entering the workforce for the first time, and Doralee Rhodes, a sexy, sassy Southern spitfire frequently misunderstood by her coworkers. The trio are at the mercy of manipulative misogynist boss Franklin Hart Jr., who is better at sexually harassing his secretary than running a business. When Violet, Judy and Doralee have finally had enough, they concoct a half-cocked plan to kidnap Hart and hold him hostage in his own home while they get the ultimate revenge. But will their plot work? And can a team of secretaries really get ahead in the impenetrable boy’s club that is 9 to 5’s office hell?
Parton's songs are, like most of the prolific tunesmith's efforts, eminently catch and listenable.Review by Frank Scheck from The Hollywood Reporter
[Librettist] Patricia Resnick has retained a flair for wry, cheeky humor that is well served by the cast.Review by Elysa Gardner from USA Today
What Is 9 to 5 like?
Like the original movie, 9 to 5 is a comedic romp that tackles real issues—like women in the workplace and male/female relationships—while it is busy tickling funny bones. The fast-paced production mixes the daily grind with candy-colored musical theater fluff, tongue firmly planted in cheek as it recreates the iconic flick’s outrageous storyline (and 1979 setting) live onstage. Fans of the film will recognize more than a few lines and gags from the original, but Broadway’s new incarnation also stands on its own two feet. Men needn’t be afraid of estrogen overload; 9 to 5 is as much about revenge and winning one for the underdogs as it is about girl power.
Is 9 to 5 Good for Kids?
With its sight gags, catchy Dolly Parton-penned tunes and big, Broadway production numbers, there’s plenty to 9 to 5 that kids can enjoy. However, adult content, including cursing, sexual exploits and one very blatant pot-smoking scene, might be considered inappropriate for certain viewers. Office humor jokes and material about dealing with bosses will also go unappreciated by anyone who has, well, never held a job. The original film is a solid gauge of what to expect on stage, so rent that and decide from there what’s best for your brood.