Queen Latifah, Dolly Parton light up the sreen in 'Joyful Noise'

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PHOENIX -- Whether you're talking about the stage, movies or TV, musicals are everywhere. And while there have been lots of musicals on the big screen -- think "Nine," "Burlesque and "Moulin Rouge" -- there aren't many that tackle the world of gospel music.

Country singer Dolly Parton and "hip-hop's first lady" Queen Latifah have teamed up to do just that. While it might seem like an unusual combination, Parton and Latifah had a great time making "Joyful Noise," which centers on the popularity of Gospel singing competitions.

"We both loved it," Parton said. "[We thought] this can be uplifting. The music is great. … It was just one of those things, we just knew … just looking at it."

Latifah agreed.

"The script was already there so it was really about putting in the rest of the components to get it up on its feet and get it where we are now," she said. "It came together beautifully."

At opposite ends of the music spectrum in real life, Parton and Latifah play characters who have differing points of view on how to win a national competition.

"The choir has always known how to sing in harmony, but the discord between its two leading ladies now threatens to tear them apart," according to Cinema Source.

The two stars at their best when they're defending their respective positions, and when they face off, you'd better duck.

Parton wrote some of the original songs, including the love song "Here to the Moon and Back Again."

"Joyful Noise" is rated PG-13. It opens Friday.