Dolly Parton’s smash hit, 9 TO 5 THE MUSICAL – Now playing at the State Theatre, Arts Centre Melbourne until 18 September.

Dolly Parton’s smash hit musical, 9 TO 5 THE MUSICAL, opened with an A-list crowd including Patti Newton, Lauren and Lola Newton, Jonathan and Kylie Brown, Rob Mills, and Rhonda Burchmore, Matt Preston, and John Foreman to name a few. The Australian premiere kicked off at the State Theatre, Arts Centre Melbourne.

A sensation on the West End and inspired by the hit film, the musical tells the story of Doralee played by Erin Clare, Violet played by Marina Prior, and Judy played by Casey Donovan, three enterprising workmates pushed to the edge by their mean-spirited boss Franklin Hart Jnr played by Eddie Perfect. Resorting to wit, comradery, and cunning, they dream up a no holds barred scheme to kidnap and turn the tables on their controlling supervisor Franklin Hart Jnr in the most hilariously defiant of ways. The only question is, will the feisty trio manage to change the office culture to reach their full potential – or will events unravel when the CEO pays an unexpected visit?

Caroline O’Çonnor & Eddie Perfect

The office politics are played out with a chauvinistic boss and three women who are overlooked as sex objects and underachievers, but the tables are eventually turned in the most hilarious way with the boss getting his comeuppance in the end.

If you are up for a little old-school humor comedian Eddie Perfect delivers on being the office boss villain who is a sexist and egotistical pig, to say the least. The only one he manages to manipulate is busy-body Roz Keith played by Caroline O’Çonnor the administrative assistant who is fierce – and unrequitedly – in love with her boss Franklin Hart Jnr.  

Marina Prior

Casey Donovan playing Judy Bernly is not only hilarious but outshines all others with her vocal performance.

Erin Clare, Marina Prior, and Casey Donovan

9 TO 5 THE MUSICAL was more than I had expected it to be, it’s so, so funny I can’t remember a time I’ve laughed or loved a show so much.

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