TV star Natalie Casey talks about performing in 9 to 5: The Musical
A stage version of the Dolly Parton-starring comedy is touring the UK
Toe-tapping transitions from the silver screen to the theatre stage have become common practice for those writing musicals in recent years, with several popular films being revisited and revitalised for a new audience. Cultish 80s romp 9 to 5 is the latest to show its mettle, rocking up in Glasgow next month, following Broadway plaudits and a lengthy UK run.
Fans of the 1980 movie – not to mention the rather awesome title song by Dolly Parton – will unlikely forget the ballsy tale of a trio of female office workers hell-bent on revenge against their sleazy, misogynist boss.
‘I’ve always loved those great, feisty 70s and 80s comedy women,’ explains former Hollyoaks actress Natalie Casey, who plays cheated-on wife Judy Bernly. ‘And of course you’ve got these amazing songs by Dolly Parton, who is an absolute genius. I couldn’t wait to get involved.’
Which is not to say Casey is happy with certain quarters bandying about trite terms like ‘girl power’ in relation to her latest project: ‘You get people wanting to categorise it, chick lit or girl power or whatever, but to me it’s simply a great story with great tunes, about three great characters overcoming adversity. That’s as relevant today as it’s ever been.’
King’s Theatre, Glasgow, 13–17 Aug.