A Very Special 9 to 5 Returns to the Broadway

Dolly Parton's musical strikes the perfect balance of drama and humour

The production at the New Wimbledon Theatre earned a standing ovation

October 25, 2021

After a long awaited return of nights at the New Wimbledon Theatre, Dolly Parton's 9 to 5 Musical brought us much excitement with a lively and engaging show that saw the ladies lead on and off stage.

Exploring topics such as gender equality and toxic masculinity, this new production served as a timely reminder of all that can be achieved when women are given a seat at the table.

Focused on women's experiences in the 1980s, we saw the three main characters levelling up from being 'secretaries in a man's world' to taking control, and making their value known in the workplace and beyond.

From start to finish, the cast were full of energy and managed to strike the perfect balance between thought-provoking theatre and humour. Thanks to well seasoned performances from the actors, dull moments ceased to exist, so it was uncommon for the audience to be without laughter for more than 5 minutes.

Overall, this production championed female empowerment, and successfully challenged outdated ideas on love, life, and women's role in society. After a solid 2.5 hour performance, the show concluded with a standing ovation from the audience, and could be best described as an exhilarating start to the latest 9 to 5 on the Broadway.

Genevieve Etienne-Farrell

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