Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Well, Hello, Dolly!

mania is sweeping through Felt Up HQ, which it does every single day of the year, but today even more so because a) Dolly Parton is going to be on "American Idol" tonight, and b) she is working on a Broadway musical version of Felt Up fave rave 9 to 5!

Entertainment Weekly reports:
Of course you know it'll be based on the 1980 movie comedy in which Parton costarred with Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin. Maybe you don't know that it'll be directed by Joe Mantello, the hottest helmer in New York, thanks to his triumph with Wicked. You're probably not yet aware that it'll star Allison Janney in the Tomlin role; Megan Hilty (currently doing a great Glinda in the L.A. cast of Wicked) in the Parton part; Stephanie J. Block (currently Elphaba in Wicked on Broadway) in the Fonda role; and one of the theater's best-liked actors, Mark Kudisch, in the slot that was occupied by Dabney Coleman in the movie. The book is by Patricia Resnick, the frequent Robert Altman collaborator, who also wrote the 9 to 5 screenplay three decades ago.
Well, I for one am thrilled to bits. I don't know who these Broadway hoofers are, but Allison Janney (from Big Night, Juno, American Beauty, "The West Wing") seems like a good fit for the Lily Tomlin role. On the other hand, why can't they just have Dolly be Dolly? SHE IS AN AMERICAN TREASURE! Who would have the nerve to fill her high heels?

In case you weren't already in total awe of Dolly, she wrote all the music for the show in just two weeks! (She also claims she ate a lot of snacks, but unless those "snacks" consisted of dieter's tea and one alfafa sprout, I don't believe it, because she has been wasting away to nothingness lately.)

Go read the whole article, it is a delight. DOLLY!

Whatever happened to Dabney Coleman? He was one of my favorite character actors ever! I don't care how old he is, he can still make a brilliantly cranky/funny contribution to any Hollywood production!


Meg said...

where is the rock of love recap? This last episode truly topped them all!

Anonymous said...

Dabney Coleman is the second most famous (after you) Austinite. He was born here, you know.


Beto said...

I love Dabney, too.

You can catch him doing voice-overs for Rent-A-Center commericals. For reals...

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