Sunday, April 28, 2013

Review: 9 to 5 The Musical

Friday Night I had the pleasure of attending 90 Miles off Broadway's production of 9 to 5: The Musical. 9 to 5: The Musical is a musical based on the 1980 movie of the same name, with music and lyrics by Dolly Parton. It features a book by Patricia Resnick, based on the screenplay by Resnick and Colin Higgins. The musical premiered in Los Angeles in September 2008, and opened on Broadway in April 2009. It received 15 Drama Desk Award nominations, the most received by a production in a single year, as well as 4 Tony Awards nominations. The Broadway production however was short-lived, closing in September 2009. A national tour of the US launched in 2010, followed by a UK premiere in 2012.

This production was charming and funny, upbeat with lots of laughs. This production was directed by Phillip Corso with musical direction by Lisa Danner. Overall an absolute delight for the senses. It was opening night, and although not flawless on the technical side, as some numbers were oddly lit and there were some microphone issues, the overall show is like a bottle of wine ... it will get even better with time.The central trio of the show Violet (Kim Lupinacci), Doralee (Kristen DelVecchio), and Judy (Dianna Waller) were perfect combo, with strong vocals and wonderful comedic timing. Frank Hart Jr. (Joe Eriole) was just as expected. Roz (Jody Bayer) delivered. The rest of the cast was as strong as the central roles and were energetic and charming.

I enjoyed the production so very much and wish I had time to see it again next weekend. I encourage everyone to get out to this not-to-be-missed production. Showtimes are May 3&4 at 7:30pm and May 5 at 2pm at New Paltz High School.

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1 comment:

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