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What Dolly Parton Had to Say
The “9 to 5” singer spoke with Marie Claire on Monday (December 7). The interviewer questioned if Parton would be open to making a limited series or film that tells the story of her life and historic career.
“Well, yes, everybody wants me to do that,” Parton confirmed. “Different networks and Netflix have offered that up. But I’m still working on my life story as a musical, and so I’m not sure if I want to do it as a feature-film musical or if I do want to go ahead and do it on Broadway. But I do think that would make a good series.”
“Years and years ago, when I was going to do the Broadway musical—I never can get it to how I want it, but I’m still working on it,” she shared. “But I thought she’d be an ideal person to do that. But we’re all getting older now, so if we tell the parts…we may be able to have different Dollys. We’d probably have to have—as long as my career has been—like a little Dolly, and a middle Dolly, and then the older one. And she’d [Kristin Chenoweth] still be great for that.”
All About ‘Christmas On The Square’
Parton recently released her original musical film for Netflix last month. The story follows a Scrooge-like woman (played by Christine Baranski) who returns to her hometown after her father passed away. She is ready to sell the entire town during Christmas time. The angel (portrayed by Parton) tries to steer her clear of her Grinch-like spirit.
“It’s a musical, and I wrote 14 original pieces,” Parton told the outlet. “And it’s choreographed and directed by Debbie Allen. And, of course, Jenifer Lewis is in it. She’s incredible.”
“But it’s really a wonderful show,” she added. “And it’s got a lot of dancing. It’s really Broadway-style. And you can imagine with Debbie Allen how great the dancing and the choreography are. It’s really a wonderful, fun show to watch.”
“I think it’s perfect for this Christmas, for sure,” Parton continued. “I think a lot of people are not going to be able to get out and do Christmas like they normally would. It’s really about this whole town and all the fun stuff that we always get to do at Christmas when things are normal, but this year is not, and so I think it’s going to give people a chance to actually feel like they’re still getting out in their community, doing the kinds of things that we’re doing in this movie.”