Monday, September 22, 2008

"9 to 5" a wild and witty stage musical

9 to 5: The Musical By Jay Reiner

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Let's get this one out of the way: You can put lipstick on a male chauvinist pig, but . . . he's still a pig.

We're speaking, of course, about Franklin Hart (Marc Kudisch), the super-sexist boss who gets his comeuppance in "9 to 5: The Musical," the Dolly Partonized musical based on the popular 1980 film starring Parton, Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda and Dabney Coleman as the boss. If you liked the film, you're going to love the musical.

Actually, the film always was a musical waiting to happen, and Parton has made the most of the opportunity. Her songwriting skills along with her desire to dazzle in whatever she does were made for Broadway, which is where the show is headed in April.

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