The musical follows three working women—Judy, Violet, and Doralee—as they attempt to take down their sexist, egotistical boss, Franklin Hart Jr. Each of these women has unique personalities and strengths that help them in their mission to free themselves of Hart’s oppressive regime.
If you’re a fan of the classic 1980s film 9 to 5, you’ll be pleased to know that the movie’s musical adaptation is just as entertaining and funny as the original.
Judy Bernly is new to the workforce. Recently divorced, she’s determined to succeed in her new position. Judy is trying to find her place in this new environment and her own way in the world.
Violet Newstead has worked at Consolidated Industries for fifteen years. She is the senior office supervisor trying to move up in the company. She’s a no-nonsense woman determined to get ahead in her career. Violet is a strong and independent woman standing up for herself and her beliefs.
Doralee Rhodes is Mr. Hart’s secretary, skilled at dealing with his harassment. Having moved from Texas to work at Consolidated, she loves to dress up and look good, and the other women in the office don’t like her. Doralee’s a strong woman who is always looking for the best in people and ready to jump in and take charge when needed.
They are joined at work by their co-workers Kathy, Margaret, Maria, Joe, and Bob, all of who have to figure out how to navigate this workplace run by Franklin Hart, Jr., a man who rose to the top quickly and is full of his own ego. Roz, Mr. Hart’s eyes and ears at the company, works daily to get his attention.
We also get to meet the families of Violet, Judy, and Doralee – Violet’s son Josh, Judy’s ex-husband Dick, and Doralee’s loving husband Dwayne, as well as a handful of other characters who round out the story.
The friendship and camaraderie that develop between the characters are one of the best parts of the show. They form a true team who are determined to stand up to the oppressive regime of their boss and reclaim their right to work in a safe and equal environment. It’s a message of empowerment that is as relevant today as it was in the 1980s. If you’re looking for a musical that will make you laugh, cry, and cheer, 9 to 5: The Musical is the perfect show!