Louise Redknapp makes a triumphant return to Liverpool in 9 to 5 The Musical

Louise Redknapp makes a triumphant return to Liverpool in 9 to 5 The Musical

by Henry James (November 2021)

LOUISE Redknapp has made a triumphant return to the Liverpool Empire with the touring production of Dolly Parton’s 9 to 5 The Musical.

It has only been two years since the show was last at the city venue, but there is still an appetite for the production, which is playing to good houses this week.

The show looks at three office workers who teach their sexist boss a lesson.

Louise Redknapp reprises the role of Violet Newstead, a steady and dependable office worker, who feels she is undervalued in the workplace.

Vivian Panka, who is making her UK theatre debut with 9 to 5, plays Judy Bernly. It is Judy’s first day in the office when the show opens.

Stephanie Chandos is Doralee Rhodes, who is the secretary to Franklin Hart Jr, the boss of Consolidated Industries, which is the company they all work for.

Sean Needham played Franklin Hart Jnr in the 2019 production, and he has the same role in the current show.

Hart Jnr is hated by his employees, but Needham plays the role for laughs and his interpretation works as his timing is excellent. Although Hart Jnr is a bully, no-one can take him seriously.

The main tune from the show is 9 to 5, which is used throughout the musical.

Louise is good in her role and comes into her own while performing One of The Boys.

Equally as good is Vivian Panka who gave a good rendition of the emotive Get Out and Stay Out.

The musical is very much about women overcoming sexism in the workplace, and asserting themselves.

The production, which can be seen until this Saturday, is time well spent. 8/10



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