Once upon a time, not so very long ago...was a world where women were looked upon as inferior in the business world. They were sexually harassed, passed over for promotions, received lower wages for the same position. In 1980 a movie took a humorous look at the "what if" factor giving females everywhere a laugh at their "Good Ol' Boys Club" bosses.
Beef and Boards brings that hit film, "9 to 5" to the Indianapolis stage as it continues its 40th anniversary of success. Three ladies (Dolly Parton, Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda in the movie) Doralee, Violet and Judy, accidentally poison their boorish, sexist boss Franklin Hart, Jr., (Dabney Coleman in film). When he survives, they kidnap him until they have proof of his embezzlement of company funds.
Bringing in the queen of our hearts, Sarah Hund, is always a smart move ~ popular with Indy audiences and critics alike. As one of my Destination Actors, Hund never fails to light up the stage ~ seen at B&B in Sound of Music, Smoke trilogy, ...Spelling Bee, and Singin' in the Rain to name a few. This time the musician, singer, and stage and television performer takes on the role of Judy Bernly, new girl to the office. Forced into the workforce by a midlife husband who leaves her for a 19 year old, Bernly strives to prove her worth in life to her ex, bosses and herself.
Normally given comedic and quiet roles, she is allowed to strut her stuff this go round. Hund brings down the house with her empowering, soulful and vulnerable solo, "Get out and Stay Out."
Violet Newstead, the hard-working woman who accidentally drops rat poison in Hart's coffee, is performed by Annie Edgerton. She last delighted us as Paulette in Legally Blonde, stealing the show and capturing Indy's attention. As the intelligent, drab, overlooked assistant to Hart, Edgerton's animated "Potion Notion" is delightful and charming, allowing her whimsical side to shine along with her strong, smooth vocals.
Portraying adorable Doralee Rhodes, the Texan with a big heart, is Crystal Mosser, making her debut at B&B. Her sweet temper turns spicy when she learns her boss, Hart, has spread the rumor they are having an affair. Mosser shines brightest during her fiery temper scenes.
Andrew Lebon steps up to the despicable role of the sleazy boss giving the audience someone to loathe.
Scenic designer Michael Layton's set smoothly transfers the audience from office building to hospital, backyard and various home settings ~ no simple feat on the small stage.
*Special note ~ marijuana smoking and sexual conversations make this show inappropriate for children.
Bottom Line: Beef and Boards brings a DD-sized frolicking, adult fun to Indianapolis with "9 to 5: the musical."
Elizabeth J. Musgrave is a syndicated fine-living, travel columnist, freelance writer and photographer, and performing arts and restaurant critic for Gotta Go. Read Infused, her spirits, wine & beer lifestyle column, at www.GottaGo.us and www.FoodDigital.com and catch her as Indy’s Entertainment Adviser on 93 WIBC. Gotta Go is published on www.Gottago.us, www.BroadwayWorld.com, an in print. Follow her on Twitter @GottaGo, LinkedIn and Facebook.