Cup of Ambition: A '9 to 5' musical, starring Allison Janney
Second only to Amy Ryan, Juno‘s Allison Janney gave my favorite supporting-actress performance last year (you go, C.J. Cregg, with yer Maybelline eyeshadow and yer flat Minnesota accent!). And second to none — not even to Kenny Rogers’ “The Gambler” — Dolly Parton’s “9 to 5” is my favorite classic country-pop singalong-friendly single from a vocalist crossing over into acting (seriously, that tune is good enough to drive you crazy if you let it.) So naturally, EW’s Hollywood Insider news that Tony nominee Janney plans a return to Broadway in a new musical based on the 1980 comedy 9 to 5 got my attention.
Since Janney will be playing the Lily Tomlin role, let’s think about who should step into the slingback pumps of Jane Fonda and Parton. I could see Ashley Jensen, Ugly Betty‘s funny Brit, as jumpy Judy, the mousy divorcee who tells off her ex while holding Dabney Coleman hostage in a bedroom (“If I want to have an affair, or play sex games, or do M&M’s, you can’t stop me!”). And wouldn’t recently-buxom Christina Aguilera — hilarious on SNL, let’s not forget — knocker one out of the park updating Dolly’s role, Doralee? I realize Xtina sharing top billing on Broadway is unlikely, but one can dream.
Here’s a daydreamy 9 to 5 clip of Janney’s predecessor, Tomlin, doing her best Snow White (I bet Amy Adams would’ve loved a visit from just a few of these critters during her starkly-staged Oscars performance of “Happy Working Song,” but I digress).
Think it’s all takin’ and no givin’ around here, PopWatchers? Nope! Let us hear your fantasy-casting for Janney’s next costars, and don’t forget the role of the 9 to 5 bossman!