Dolly Parton Preps '9 to 5' Musical
Thu, 31 Jul 2008 16:01:51
Dolly Parton has revealed some of the details behind the September debut of a musical based on her popular 1980 film 9 to 5. Set to run between September 3 and October 19 at Los Angeles' Ahmanson Theatre (and at Broadway's Marriott Marquis Theatre starting March 24), the show features an extended version of the movie's title track as well as an entire soundtrack of Parton tunes.
"They're not your typical Broadway songs," Parton told Billboard.com. "You can tell they're kind of Dolly-ized, but they're not hard country, either. The only country song that we purposely tailored to really sound country was 'Backwoods Barbie;' the rest are more mainstream Broadway, but they've got a little Dolly flavor."
Parton's still promoting Backwoods Barbie, her highest Billboard 200 debut yet (No. 17). While the album's been a runaway hit, she's not sure what she'll do next.
"I purposely did this particular album trying to cater to the country market to see if I could still get some play," she explains. "But you know me; I'm never gonna be just any one thing, I'm just Dolly. I may do a gospel album next. I know I'm gonna do some children's CDs and some DVDs for children. I wake up with new dreams every day, and I just kind of follow my gut and follow my heart. It may be a country album next, or it may be something completely different. I may wind up doing a dance record!"
—The ARTISTdirect Staff