Friday, 30 November 2018

Bonnie Langford to reprise role of Roz Keith in West End production of 9 TO 5

Bonnie is currently starring as Dorothy Brock in 42nd Street at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. Most recently, she played the role of Carmel Kazemi in EastEnders, winning Best Newcomer at the 2015 British Soap Awards. She played the role of Roz on the 2012 UK tour. 

Bonnie made her theatre debut in the West End at the tender age of seven in Gone with the Wind at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. The following year she played ‘Baby June’ in Gypsy opposite Angela Lansbury at the Piccadilly Theatre, making such an impact that the producers took her to America with the show for a highly successful run on Broadway. For this performance, at the age of ten, Bonnie was nominated for a Drama Desk Award. Her Theatre credits include Cats (Original London Cast), The Gillian Lynne Theatre (formerly New London Theatre); The Pirates Of Penzance, Theatre Royal, Drury Lane and London Palladium; Peter Pan – The Musical, Aldwych Theatre; Me And My Girl, Adelphi Theatre; Sweet Charity, Victoria Palace Theatre; Spamalot, Harold Pinter and Playhouse Theatres; Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Savoy Theatre and Roxie Hart in Chicago, Adelphi and Cambridge Theatres and on Broadway.

The cast also includes Victoria Anderson, Alexander Bartles, Ashford Campbell, Simon Campbell, Rhiane Drummond, Demmileigh Foster, Llandyll Gove, Lucinda Lawrence, Jenny Legg, Christopher Jordan Marshall, Natasha Mould, Sean Needham, Jon Reynolds, James Royden-Lyley, Giles Surridge, Sasha Wareham and Emily Woodford.

Based on the 1980 movie of the same name, 9 to 5 premiered in Los Angeles ten years ago before opening on Broadway in 2009, where it received 15 Drama Desk Award nominations and four Tony Award nominations. It had its UK premiere in 2012, embarking on a UK tour and starring Jackie Clune, Natalie Casey, Amy Lennox, Ben Richards and Bonnie Langford.

The piece has music and lyrics by Parton with a book by Patricia Resnick, based on the screenplay by Resnick and Colin Higgins. It is directed by Jeff Calhoun, with choreography by Lisa Stevens, set and costume design by Tom Rogers, lighting design by Howard Hudson and musical direction by Andrew Hilton. 

The cast of the West End premiere of 9 to 5 will also star Eternal singer and Cabaret actress Louise Redknapp as Violet Newstead, Kinky Boots actress Natalie McQueen as as Doralee Rhodes, Love Island winner Amber Davies as Judy Bernly and Olivier Award nominee and panto favourite Brian Conley as Franklin Hart.

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