Among all the films currently being developed for stage musical treatment, 9 To 5 is the one that you want most to see, according to your votes in my recent SOB Poll. Now it's looking likely to bust out on Broadway in 2009.
Earlier this summer, I posed the following via my SOB Poll: "A musical version of 9 To 5 is the latest stage treatment for a popular film. Which previously announced stage adaptation of a movie would you most like to see on Broadway?"
A very strong 40.9% of you indicated that it would indeed be your top choice. That was way ahead of the second top response: "Enough already with turning films into musicals!" at 18.2%.
Already the subject of plenty of press attention, 9 To 5 has all the makings of a double-barreled hit with Dolly Parton handling the score, Joe Mantello at the helm and a cast that could conceivably include Allison Janney, Stephanie J. Block (who's about to return to Wicked), Megan Hilty, Bebe Neuwirth, Marc Kudisch and Andy Karl -- that is, if the recent reading was any indication.
Now, according to Playbill, the musically-endowed 2006 Kennedy Center Honoree has told listeners to Go Country 105.1 in Los Angeles that the tuner will hit the Great White Way in 2009:
People ask if I'm gonna be in the play. I say, "No, I think I'm a bit over the age of wantin' to be a secretary. But they asked me to write all the music for it, so I have written all the music. And it's supposed to open on Broadway in the spring of 2009. I believe they're gonna be doin' a workshop out here at the Shubert in the fall of next year.
No matter that Parton most likely meant "tryout" rather than "workshop," I'm actually looking forward to see this one play out.
This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).