Dolly Parton on Why She Will Never Be on Broadway
Though there was a Broadway musical, 9 to 5, using her music in 2009, and she performed on the Tony Awards in the same year, country star Dolly Parton expressly said that she can never be on Broadway, but not because she dislikes it. On the contrary, she is such a fan that she believes she literally would not be able to keep her voice up extensively in a Broaway show.
According to the article, Parton said, "I don't have that kind of voice, I really don't think my voice would hold up to do a show like that. That's one of the reasons I've never been on Broadway. But I do take care of my voice."
She even said that she was, "amazed by the people who work on stage, that sing night after night, day after day, week in week out."
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Ms. Parton is not only the reigning queen of country music but an iconic songwriter, musician, actress and entrepreneur as well. In 1967 she became a star on Porter Wagoner's syndicated television show for which they would claim two Country Music Association (CMA) Awards for Duo of the Year. Quickly finding her wings as a solo artist, she joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1969 and went on to win CMA Female Vocalist of the Year Honors two years in a row, and eventually Entertainer of the Year.
Her very first film was 9 to 5 which brought her an Academy Award nomination as well as perhaps the most successful hit song of her career. She went on to star in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Rhinestone, Steel Magnolias and Straight Talk. And a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame seemed inevitable.
She has sold more than 100 million records worldwide and won countless awards including eight CMA and seven Grammy Awards. She has taken more than 20 songs to No. 1 including the mega hit "I Will Always Love You" which is the only song to have topped the charts three times - twice for Dolly (1973 and 1982) and once for Whitney Houston (1992). In 1999, she was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame and was awarded the Kennedy Center Honor in 2006. She was also nominated for an Academy Award that year for her hit song "Travelin' Thru" written for the movie Transamerica. She continues to tour extensively and release albums at a prolific rate, displaying her immense versatility in pop, country, bluegrass and blues. Photo credit: ContactMusic.com