9 to 5 review

9 to 5 review

"9 to 5" Review - Broadway musical

The musical is based on the eponymous film of 1980, the screenplay to which was written by Patricia Resnick & Colin Higgins. The latter also directed the film. Songs for the future play were written by actress & singer Dolly Parton, who played the role of belle secretary Doralee Rhodes in the film. She started to write them in 2005. Since the show's libretto was created by Patricia Resnick, large deviations from the original story did not happen. According to critics, the writer took the tragic & social episodes from production in vain, concentrating only on presentation of humorous scenes. Comic moments of the 1980s were not so funny in the XXI century, as the themes, on which emphasis was given, were considered by many people already out-of-date 20 years later. The motion picture about sexism & discrimination of women has become a cult, so the authors have tried not to spoil the story, presenting it on stage. Some reviewers felt the show was too old-fashioned, pointing to the fact that office workers did not use a lot of things, mentioned in the musical. Other critics did not consider it essential in the evaluation of the performance, paying attention to the leading trio of actresses, on whose craftsmanship was holding the entire performance.

Broadway show has received a lot of different reviews. Critics considered the musical fun, but a bit rustic. They noted that the show hadn’t have clear hits, except for one song. The rest of the songs were pleasant to the ear, but not particularly memorable to reviewers. According to critics, the music of the show turned out to be not the best among those that have ever been written by talented Dolly Parton. Noting the exquisite choreography of Andy Blankenbuehler, critics have also praised the acting of A. Janney, S. J. Block & M. Hilty. LA-based production was noted with 2 awards from LA Drama Critics Circle. Also, musical was 7 times nominated for LA Ovation Award. Broadway production received 15 nominations for Drama Desk, winning only 1. It was forwarded to Drama League Award. The play was three times nominated for the Outer Critics Circle & four – on Tony. The maximum box office for a week was received in mid-June 2009, amounting to 822,192 dollars. The minimum amount – $ 505,671 – organizers received in the first weekend of the show. Due to low ticket sales, production was closed after 4.5 months. The topic of male chauvinism in today's world has much less relevance, but, despite this, the theatrical still attracts attention. The history of the struggle of the office employees for their rights & honor, served with a great sense of humor, is for connoisseurs of comedy productions.
Last Update:August, 19th 2016

9 to 5 review
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