Dolly Parton shows us the real meaning of girl power in 9 to 5

OFFICE POLITICS  Bonnie Langford as Roz in 9 to 5 the Musical.
OFFICE POLITICS Bonnie Langford as Roz in 9 to 5 the Musical.

In 2013, the degrading, unapologetic sexism spouted by big boss Franklyn J Hart (Ben Richards) in 9 to 5 the Musical is a stark reminder of the struggles women have faced in the workplace.

But that’s all the more reason to cheer and whoop when Violet, Doralee and Judy finally bring some girl power into the stuffy Consolidated Companies offices.

Based on the Oscar-nominated Dolly Parton comedy, 9 to 5 the Musical is full to the brim with laugh out loud moments, snappy lyrics and slapstick.

But at its heart is a story of three women coming together to make a real difference – and it’s a story that will leave you smiling long after the curtain call.

Dolly Parton’s southern sass and quick wit shine through in a book full of toe tapping numbers.

Amy Lennox nails Parton’s musical twang as Doralee Rhodes, leading a talented cast with her confident vocals.

And Natalie Casey (Judy) and Bonnie Langford (Roz) capture the comedy of their characters perfectly.

Describing her role before the show, Bonnie said: “She’s just a bit officious and a bit OCD, and a bit in love with her boss, who’s not particularly nice. She can see no wrong in him. I think it’s her own fault but don’t judge a book by its cover!

“We’ve put as much of the film as we can into the stage show. It’s very funny and very silly.”