Verdict: Four stars. 

WITH a back catalogue of hits, country legend Dolly Parton could have easily created a jukebox musical like many of her contemporaries to delight her fans.

But the talented songwriter does not do anything by half measures and the musical 9 to 5 proves just that. 

She has developed a sound masterpiece featuring catchy original songs that inject a good old fashioned country music sound into musical theatre. 

Following on from the 1980 comedy film which starred Dolly herself alongside Jane Fonda, and Lily Tomlin, 9 to 5 the musical tells the similar story of a battle of the sexes. At the heart of the plot is three strong independent women surviving in a man's world and exceeding expectations. But in today's current climate the themes explored could not be any more relevant especially after the Me Too movement.

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Singer Louise Redknapp takes on the role of Violet Newstead and commands the stage with authority. Despite her youthful looks, she portrays a character who is much older and is struggling with ambition which is overlooked by the males in her office. Through movement and voice, Louise takes the audience into Violet's world making them both empathetic and in awe. 

Georgina Castle steps into the very big shoes of Dolly's character Doralee Rhodes and is a complete joy to watch. She captures the character's humour and toughness in equal measures. Her comedy and wit had the audiences in stitches, and she even brought a little bit of Dolly to the stage which can only be admired. 

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While, Amber Davies of Love Island fame took on the role of innocent and inexperienced Judy Bernly. She impressed with her voice and shone on stage with her own comedy moments. But it was a solo performance of Get Out and Stay Out that was a moment to remember. 

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This musical pays tribute to the eighties in spectacular style through costume and set. Stage lights made up of old desktop computers was a unique touch while the colourful costumes wore by the cast was a real throwback to one of the fashion's most exciting periods. 

The film 9 to 5 may have debuted more than three decades ago but this musical feels completely fresh. The issues affecting women today are still being fought and the musical reminds the audience of that. 

Dolly herself has put her heart and soul into the show - with surprise appearances throughout adding to the magic. She could have allowed 9 to 5, which is an iconic song, to carry the whole show - but she didn't. Whether you are a fan of her music or not, you have to marvel in her ability to create new songs which has made this musical stand out from the rest.

Catch 9 to 5 The Musical at the King's Theatre until Saturday.

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