Marc Kudisch, the Florida Atlantic University grad who has become one of Broadway's most popular musical leading men, is in Los Angeles rehearsing for the Ahmanson Theatre out-of-town tryout of 9 to 5: The Musical. He's playing Franklin M. Hart Jr., the boss from hell, in the Broadway-bound musical version of the 1980 Dolly Parton-Lily Tomlin-Jane Fonda flick. The musical, with a score by Parton, is being staged by Wicked director Joe Mantello, and West Wing star Allison Janney is one of Kudisch's co-stars.
As you may remember from the movie, ol' Franklin takes a lot of physical abuse from the trio of gals. Kudisch, according to several posters on Talkin' Broadway's All That Chat, the actor got a preview of some of the bumps and bruises he may be acquiring when he fell through a trap door that had nothing underneath to cushion his landing. He's reportedly OK, so nothing should keep him from the show's opening on Broadway next spring. Just don't get the ladies too angry.