Milton Keynes Theatre
Where: Milton Keynes
4 March 2013 WOS Rating: Reader Reviews: View and add to our user reviews It was 1980 when the movie made waves, pitting secretaries Jane Fonda, Dolly Parton and Lily Tomlin against their sexist, insufferable boss. Now itís a full-blown Dolly musical, complete with country-tinged songs and the whole outrageous wardrobe. This stage version has the benefit of a book by the filmís original scriptwriter Patricia Resnick, which makes it snappy, sassy and smart. And thereís even an appearance by Dolly herself, courtesy of a projection high above the stage, from which she explains and comments on the action, as well as pitching in a rousing finale of the title song.
The cast are relentlessly energetic Ė not to say manic Ė in their choreographed routines by director
Jeff Calhoun and his sidekick Lisa Stevens, while the eight-strong pit band under Mark Crossland keep toes tapping reliably throughout. Natalie Casey, Amy Lennox and Jackie Clune recreate the Jane, Dolly and Lily roles with panache and some tuneful singing, with an odious Mark Moraghan as the target of the feminine revenge. But itís Bonnie Langford, as the frump-turned-vamp Roz, who steals the show with an amazing song-and-dance sex siren turn.
Itís all harmless, frothy stuff, if a little less than the stereotype-smashing icon it would like to be, while Dollyís songs are largely adequate without being memorable. Enjoy it with the heavy coating of sparkle thatís been added to make it a Broadway show, and itís a fun night out.
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