Review: 9 To 5 The Musical, Congress Theatre, Cwmbran

Rachel Howells visits Cwmbran’s Congress Theatre to review Christchurch Music society’s latest production 9 to 5 The Musical.

Inspired by the iconic 80’s film and with a rip-roaring score by the Queen of Country, Dolly Parton 9 to 5 the Musical tells the story of three workmates pushed to boiling point by their sexist and egotistical boss. Concocting a plan to kidnap and turn the tables on their despicable supervisor, will the ladies manage to reform their office – or will events unravel when the CEO pays an unexpected visit?

Sarah Fradd as Doralee is very funny in the role and gives an amazing vocal performance along with fantastic characterisation.  Holly Hayward also delivers a great performance as Judy, displaying the character growth in confidence while her delivery of “Get Out and Stay Out” really commands the stage.

Bryn Middleton plays Franklin Hart Jr with a very strong presence.  He did so well in his portrayal as a baddie the audience took great delight in booing him during the bows. The highlight of the show was Diane Ebo as Roz Keith. Beginning as a straight-laced employee, her performance of “Heart to Hart” with hilarious characteristics, captivated the audience.

With limited theatre space, Christchurch Musical Society showed a great use of their set throughout, and I really enjoyed the little touches they created such as the logoed stationary. The lighting brought all the scenes to life and was especially prominent when showing the difference between reality and dreams.

Finally, the costumes add to the glitz and glamour of numbers such as “The Dance of Death” while bringing the vision of fairy tale to life with “Potion Notion”.

The clock is ticking for two remaining performances of this comedy musical – be sure to catch it before the final curtain falls on Saturday evening!

9 to 5 the Musical  continues until 4th November 2023 at Cwmbran’s Congress Theatre. Visit Congress Theatre website for ticket availability.

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