Dolly is bringing '9 to 5' to Broadway!
Dolly Parton is taking fagdom to a whole new level by bringing the infamous '9 to 5' script to Broadway!
After a secret reading last week, the NY Post is reporting that theater executives who attended the presentation were impressed with Dolly Parton's upbeat and witty score, which includes the famous title song.
The new numbers are "signature Dolly songs that also work as musical theater songs," one insider says, adding: "The show feels like a real Broadway musical, not one of those movies like 'The Wedding Singer' where you just shove the songs into the screenplay."
The book is by Parton's friend Patricia Resnick, who wrote the movie. Some people say her script isn't as strong as Parton's score, but you can bet director Joe Mantello ("Wicked") will crack the whip until she gets it right.
Insiders praise the three actresses who played the secretaries: "West Wing" alum Allison Janney, scoring big laughs in the Lily Tomlin role; Megan Hilty, doing a first-rate impersonation of Dolly (who's not in the show); and Stephanie J. Block, bouncing back spectacularly from the "Pirate Queen" debacle in the Jane Fonda part.
I'm so excited I could just spit!
The musical is expect to hit the big lights on Broadway during the 2008-09 season.