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Broadway Says Hello to Dolly Parton

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NEW YORK -- “It's the most fun I've ever had as a songwriter," Dolly Parton twanged Tuesday as she announced that the stage version of 9 to 5: The Musical would open on Broadway next spring.

“I feel like Minnie Pearl! I'm just so glaaaad to be here," cooed Parton, a petite vision in tight white pedal pushers and the highest of white high heels. The country superstar stood in a Times Square studio with the cast and creative team for the musical, which is in its second week of rehearsal before heading out of town. It opens in New York on April 23 at the Marquis Theatre.

The show, based on the 1980 film in which Parton starred with Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, begins a tryout Sept. 3 in Los Angeles at the Center Theatre Group's Ahmanson Theater. An official opening is set there for Sept. 21 for a run through Oct. 19.

The musical will star Allison Janney in the Tomlin role, Stephanie J. Block in Fonda's part and Megan Hilty in Parton's role as a sexy executive secretary. The plot concerns three office workers who plot against their sexist boss, played by Marc Kudisch. The musical will be directed by Joe Mantello, the director of Wicked.

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