- The stars of the show: Allison Janney, Megan Hilty, Stephanie J. Block, Marc Kudisch and scene stealer Kathy Fitzgerald.
- The score by delicious little Dolly Parton, especially: “Around Here,” “Rise Like the Sun,” “Get Out and Stay Out,” and, of course, “9 to 5.”
- The few scenes that broke the film mold – “Heart to Hart,” the opening number, “9 to 5,” and the theatrical way the marijuana hallucinations were presented.
- No risks were taken in making the script more theatrical.
- Joe Mantello’s bland, pedestrian staging.
- Andy Blankenbeuhler’s disappointing choreography – repetitive, nothing new.
- The giant electric board that substituted for scenery – distracting and way out of place modern for what is now a vintage time period, 1979.
It is sad to see so many folks losing a job on Labor Day weekend; talk about irony. I have a feeling, though, that 9 to 5: The Musical will play well in middle America, and hopefully recoup some of its money. They could have saved a bundle just eliminating that light wall. I bet that won’t travel.
(Photos by Joan Marcus)