Review Of BMOS Production of 9 to 5 at Alexandra Theatre Birmingham.

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I knew about 9-5 the musical, but did not know the story- I knew Dolly Parton was behind it and that was all I knew. So it was a complete surprise to me to what the show entailed but nor did I come up with any pre-set expectations. Here is my review of this show from BMOS:

( Crredit @thisring)

The quality of their scenery and props were one of the best I had seen for an am-dram production. The costumes also made the show come alive and were suited for each scene. 

Hang Am-Dram? Yes that’s correct, high end production values were in this show which could easily compete with a west end touring production. 

I loved the live music orchestra, for example the percussionist, I could hear the vibrations and the sound of the drums was spectacular. It sure beats- electronic drum sounds. 

The cast performance on the 1st half of the show was a little subdued, possibly nerves. However after the interval the cast seemed to really settle and the stage energy levels in the 2nd half were much better. 

I adored the lighting for this production provided by Live Lx Ltd, I loved the effects given by the lights and each of the performers were well lit. 

The auditorium was not full, so a smaller audience than the Alexandra can handle, but for this show I hope they get the ticket sales they need for BMOS. 

( Credit: @thisring , Rachel Richards)

In terms of the cast, there was a stand out performer for me and that was Rachel Richards who played Judy Bernly, she had the most amazing voice and acting was fantastic.

What really worked on this show was the ensemble, especially when singing as the voices together were amazing. 

There were elements of the show which really stood out for me and the show had humour which had some good laughs. 

( @thisring)

James Gordanifar playing Franklin Hart Jr also gave an outstanding performance and was on the stage a lot. 

I especially liked Beth Hunt’s role in playing Roz Keith who gave an excellent performance. 

With Am-Dram sometimes it doesn’t hit the right notes to make it an outstanding show, but this show at times got very close to be on par with west-end shows, from its amazing production values and cast. Shows such as these are grassroots, they support cast members in progressing their individual careers and should be fully supported. 

There was a sound issue ( microphone) during 1st half which meant at times one of the actors could not be properly heard but it was rectified swiftly. 

This show is a definite for a good-night out and if you can afford to get along to see the production at the Alexandra, please do.

https://www.atgtickets.com/venues/the-alexandra-theatre-birmingham/

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