9 to 5 writer Patricia Resnick: ‘The musical has been called a period piece – but it’s more relevant now than ever’
9 to 5 creator Patricia Resnick has claimed the musical has more “resonance” post #MeToo, adding the production had been considered a “period piece” prior to the anti-harassment campaign.
Resnick, who wrote both the film and the musical, said the creative team had wanted the show to feel “a little bit more contemporary” after its Broadway run in 2009 and a touring version of the musical that ran in the UK in 2012.
“I feel like when we first did it in 2009 on Broadway, the attitude of a lot of male journalists and critics was that it was a period piece and that all these issues had been dealt with. Of course, we all now know that is not the case,” she said.
She added: “It is still a fun evening and we try to give people a good time, but it resonates much more strongly now.”
Her views were echoed by Bonnie Langford, who stars in the production, and who was also in the touring production.
“I did it before and it was always a fun show to do, but it seems to be resonating in different places now,” she said.
She added that comedy is a good genre to get audiences to consider topical or important issues.
“The basis of the film was to send a message. Jane Fonda commissioned it and she was very much into women’s rights and she decided it would be best to deliver that message through comedy. I think she’s right. If you want to get the message across, don’t start preaching at people, make them laugh and often it gets there better,” she said.
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