Dolly Parton, who was Tony-nominated for her score to the short-lived musical 9 to 5, recently spoke with Variety about the success of NBC's Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors, which was seen by nearly 16 million viewers in December 2015, and the forthcoming Broadway musical based on her own life.
Much of the material seen in the TV movie, which was based on Parton's childhood, will also be covered in the yet-untitled Broadway musical. Parton told the industry website, “The whole first act is my early days before I went to Nashville. The second act is about my days in Nashville and beyond. So the first part of the musical will be a lot like Coat of Many Colors with music and songs and will involve more details. I thought it would be a good boost and kickoff for [the musical] and a good promotional tool.”
The entertainment icon said that auditions are ongoing, and it will likely be two years before the musical is mounted onstage.
Parton previously told fox19.com, ”We’re telling my life story as a musical with some new songs. The hits will be in it, but I've written a lot of new music as well.”
One of 12 children, Parton began her singing career while still a teenager, appearing at the Grand Old Opry at age 13. For many years, she sang duets with Porter Wagoner on the latter’s television show. In the '70s, she struck out on her own, scoring hits as both a country and pop artist. Among them were ”Jolene,” ”Two Doors Down,” ”Here You Come Again,” ”Will Always Love You” and ”9 to 5.” She began acting in films in the late ’70s, beginning with 9 to 5. She is one the most successful recording artists in country music history. In 1986 she founded Dollywood, a theme park in Pigeon Forge, TN.
NBC will broadcast a sequel to Coat of Many Colors, which is entitled Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love, on a date to be announced.