9 to 5
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★★½ Having now seen three different attempts to make a decent show out of the movie "9 to 5," I've reluctantly come to the conclusion that this is just a piece of confounding cinematic, of-its-era material that never wanted to be made into a musical, doesn't work as a musical and can't really be fixed up as a good one for now. That's not to say David H. Bell at the Marriott Theatre does not throw all manner of inventive ideas — and a bevy of shrewd casting and talented actors — at the problem. Most notably, he has freed the show of all the superfluous scenery that pulled focus in the original Broadway production and Jeff Calhoun's touring version (which was radically different, and considerably better, than the show on Broadway). The biggest pleasure of the Marriott "9 to 5" is the return to this stage of Kelli Cramer, a once busy actress whom it feels like we've not seen in years."—Chris Jones