9 to 5:The Musical – What a way to make a living!

9 to 5 : The MusicalRecently wrapping up the national tour, 9 to 5:The Musical is the adaptation of the 1980 workplace comedy of the same name.  With music and lyrics by Dolly Parton and book by original co-screenwriter Patricia Resnick.  The movie was Dolly’s first and screen roles, this musical continues her tie to the iconic role of Doralee Rhodes.  Via video, Dolly introduces and sets up the premise then wraps up and delivers the epilogue at the curtain call.
Tony nominees Dee Hoty as hard working middle manager, Violet Newstead, Mamie Parris as newly divorced Judy Bernly star alongside American Idol alumni Diana DeGramo as sexy secretary Doralee Rhodes.  The three leading ladies come together to battle and outsmart their misogynistic, abrasive boss Franklin Hart Jr portrayed by Joseph Mahowald.  Hoty and Parris do a very good job turning their roles, portrayed in the film by Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda, into their own.  They demonstrate the turmoil women faced as there roles changed in the workplace coming into the 80’s.  Diana DeGarmo has the more difficult task in her role, the movie and play are so associated with Dolly Parton that her portrayal of Doralee feels like Diana as Dolly as Doralee than her own direct interpretation of Doralee.  This isn’t necessarily a bad thing either as she completely lives up to the icon’s character and singing ability.
Fun, familiar songs, retro fashions, good comedic moments and quality acting keep the musical on a good pace and wraps up before the fairly simple story gets stale. 9 to 5: The Musical makes for a good few hours diversion, hopefully a new tour will begin again soon.

Desert Island Discs – Disc 8

(Read disc 1, disc 2, disc 3 disc 4, disc 5, disc 6, disc 7)

ABBA – Super Trouper

I know, I’m revealing my inner ‘pop-tart’ with these last few discs but these are important for memories as much as quality.
This album came out in 1980 just as music started to ‘matter’ to someone my age (figure it out for yourself) we luckily had a teacher who allowed us a record player in the classroom. With a little censorship for our ‘young ears’ we were allowed to play records during recess and lunch. I also recall, Dolly Parton’s 9 to 5 soundtrack and John Lennon/Yoko Ono being played occasionally as well but ABBA seemed to meet the most consensus amongst the young audience.
Fueled by hit singles; The Winner Takes It All, Super Trouper, Lay All You Love On Me plus On and On and On this record got a lot of play in class as well as out of class on radio. It just always seemed to be ‘there’.
For that matter, ABBA songs, always seem to be there, even after all these years, you still hear them.  As cheesy as they might be have that great ‘something’ that makes them perfect pop songs; they’re simple, you can easily sing along to them, they’re catchy without being too annoying.

I bet you’re humming right now!