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Thursday Morning Roundup
by Stephen Becker 19 May 2011

Today in the roundup: Dolly talks “9 to 5,” Betty Buckley gives a tour of her piano and Wayne Coyne helps out a local record producer.


WHISTLE WHILE YOU WORK: Dolly Parton’s 9 to 5: The Musical is currently in residence at the Music Hall at Fair Park. The show is based on the movie and follows a trio of women fighting for their rights in a male-dominated workspace. You’ve got a couple of options for primers. First, the movie’s screenwriter, Patricia Resnick, tells Critical Rant and Rave about how the story came together more than 30 years ago. Then head over to dallasnews.com, where Dolly herself says her favorite part of working on the musical was writing the songs for the men.

AT WORK WITH BETTY: When you and I go to work, we walk into an office and sit at a desk. When Betty Buckley goes to work, she sits at her piano. And much like you and I have photos and other trinkets at our desks, she’s got a collection of stuff that helps her get the job done. The Fort Worth actress allowed Texas Monthly to photograph her piano, and she tells the magazine about some of the items in the picture.

WORKING ON WAX: A year or so ago, I took a tour of A&R Records, which is just west of Downtown Dallas. Its owner, Stan Getz, showed me around the little factory and talked about the up-and-down cycle of producing vinyl records. Since then, the cycle has been decidedly on the uptick, thanks in large part to Wayne Coyne. The Flaming Lips frontman has been a regular at A&R Records, stopping by to have his band’s limited-edition albums pressed in a variety of colors. “Nowadays, people are getting really into color,” Getz tells DC9 at Night. “Lucky for us, we do some of that here.”