I had never seen 9 to 5: The Musical before, so I was more than thrilled to attend opening night on Tuesday here in Atlanta. I had no expectations going in, or any real idea of the central plot – other than my assumption that it was about a workday. And I have to say, it’s now one of my favorite musicals.
The play tells a comical and sometimes naughty story of friendship and revenge in the late 70’s. It centers on three women who develop an unlikely friendship – and a common goal – to eliminate their boss and have the work place that they have dreamt about for years. The girls team up and do just that – and increase productivity considerably. While sometimes over the top, the songs will be stuck in your head for days and you won’t be able to help but laugh at some of the crazy scenes that are being acted out on stage. It’s quite simply a good fun time with some incredible vocals attached.
Speaking of vocals – The entire assemble was amazing, but the true star of this musical is Diana DeGarmo who is best known as being a contestant on American Idol. DeGarmo, also a Georgia sweetheart (having grown up in Snellville), stole the show with vocals that mimicked Dolly Parton’s to a T. And those are hard shirts… er.. shoes to fill. All joking aside, DeGarmo’s vocals alone are reason enough to go see this production. The fact that rest of the musical gives you something to enjoy is just extra in my opinion.
9 to 5: The Musical was nominated for four 2009 Tony Awards including Original Score and received a record breaking 15 Drama Desk nominations including Outstanding Musical. This new musical comedy, direct from Broadway, is based on the hit movie and features Dolly Parton’s original hit title song along with her new Tony Award and Grammy-nominated score.
Review By: Emma Loggins
Theater of the Stars presents 9 to 5: The Musical at the Fabulous Fox Theatre from Sept 28-Oct 3. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster outlets, by calling 800-982-2787 and online at www.ticketmaster.com