Theater review: 9 to 5 at Seattle Musical Theatre features flawless performances

Sunday, February 21, 2016

The Company of 9 to 5 at Seattle Musical Theatre
Photo by Jeff Carpenter

9 To 5
Music and Lyrics By Dolly Parton
Book By Patricia Resnick
Directed By Jessica Low
February 19 – March 13, 2016

Review by Doug Gochanour

“Tumble out of bed and stumble to the kitchen, pour myself a cup of ambition, and yawn and stretch and try to come to life …Workin' 9 to 5, What a way to make a livin'.”

With lively songs written by Dolly Parton, 9 To 5 The Musical opened on Broadway on April 30, 2009. It is the “PG” rated, delightful tale of three working women, who manage the successful overthrow of their "sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot" boss.

Jasmine Sim and Jeff Church
Photo by Jeff Carpenter

Judy Bernly (Melissa Fleming) finds employment after her husband runs off with his secretary. She becomes a secretary at Consolidated Companies. Violet Newstead (Jeannette LeGault) is the senior office supervisor, and she introduces Judy to the staff. Introductions include their sleazy boss Franklin Hart (Jeff Church), and his buxom secretary, Doralee Rhodes (Jasmine Jean Sim).

Hart mistreats his female subordinates, with backstabbing and sexist remarks. He exploits them at every turn, even taking credit for Violet's ideas and sexually harassing Doralee, then spreading rumors about an affair that never happened. He uses his sexist practices to pass over Violet for a promotion she was hoping to receive, which instead went to a man. You won’t want to miss the humor, music, or lively action, as the women get their revenge.

Jasmine sim, Melissa Fleming, and Jeannette LeGault
Photo by Jeff Carpenter

Each of these cast members gives an outstanding performance, with singing, dancing and acting. The entire Ensemble and Production Team worked flawlessly to insure that a very complex set of dances, songs and set changes became an enjoyable and memorable experience for their appreciative audience. As always at the Seattle Musical Theatre, the incredibly talented musicians add so much to the performance.

February 19 – March 13, 2016 - 7:30pm Friday - Saturday, 2pm Sun.
Added show: 7:30pm Thursday, March 10.

Seattle Musical Theater
7120 62nd Ave NE Building 47
Seattle 98115, located in Magnuson Park.

Tickets ($20-$35)


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