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Dolly Parton’s on screen appearance in 9 To 5 The Musical at the Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

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Getting the queen of country music to turn up in Canterbury seems like an impossible task.

But Dolly Parton still made an appearance at the Marlowe Theatre on the opening night of 9 to 5 the musical.

Louise Redknapp will play Violet Newstead Picture: Simon Turtle
Louise Redknapp will play Violet Newstead Picture: Simon Turtle

Appearing in the clock face of the iconic set piece she got the crowd excited before the stella team took over for a wonderful performance.

The show features a book by Patricia Resnick, the film’s original screenwriter, and an original Oscar, Grammy and Tony award-nominated score by Dolly Parton and tells the story of Doralee, Violet and Judy - three workmates pushed to boiling point by their sexist and egotistical boss.

Inspired by the cult film, the musical sees the girls try to reform their office - or will events unravel when the CEO pays an unexpected visit? The production is about teaming up, standing up and taking care of business.

The three leading ladies, led by Louise Redknap, all had different but relatable back stories and came together for a real girl power tale.

Vivian Panka had a stunning voice and Stephanie Chandos nailed the southern twang and barbie persona who had a lot more underneath the service.

And while his character was awful misogynistic and should stay in the 1980s, Sean Needham was a stand out performance.

He was comical and crude and commanded the stage whenever he was on it.

9 to 5 the Musical has a score by Dolly Parton
9 to 5 the Musical has a score by Dolly Parton

Directed by Jeff Calhoun, with choreography by Lisa Stevens, the show is based on the 20th Century Fox Picture and was originally produced on Broadway in 2009.

It will be at the Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury from Tuesday, September 21 to Saturday, September 25. Tickets are still available and can be booked at marlowetheatre.com or by calling 01227 787787.

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