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Bonnie Langford steals the 9 to 5 show with her dream dance

By Herald Express  |  Posted: February 21, 2013

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9 TO 5

FOUR STARS…★˜˜…

Princess Theatre, Torquay

THERE was only one song in my head as I made my way home from Torquay's Princess Theatre... and indeed the next morning as I tumbled outta bed and I stumbled to the kitchen and poured myself a cup of ambition.

You guessed it — the title song from 9 to 5 the musical.

No doubt that was due to its familiarity and the fact it both opened and closed the show.

In a way that was a shame because the other songs were, at the time, utterly absorbing and I remember thinking they were every bit as good as you would expect from a songwriter of Dolly Parton's calibre, and with perhaps one more listen they would also be imprinted in my mind.

It was a nice touch to have the icon herself there with an on-screen role as the narrator.

It was a fun and girly show, but even if your fantasy office didn't involve copious amounts of pink glitter you surely couldn't fail to be entertained by the plentiful laugh-out-loud gags and the slick choreography.

It was also uplifting to reflect on how far working practices have come since 1979, when this story was set.

Jackie Clune, Amy Lennox and Gemma Maclean — standing in for Natalie Casey — were all excellent in their roles as the three secretaries out for revenge on their chauvinist boss, well played by Mark Moraghan who was a good sport.

But it was arguably Bonnie Langford who stole the show thanks to her dream dance with her beloved boss, in which she was still singing even when she was being held precariously upside down.

9 to 5 ticked all the boxes of a good musical and, considering I had no idea what to expect from the show, I was glad I took a chance on it.

You have until Saturday if you want to do the same.

CAROLINE ABBOTT

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