Dolly Parton has expressed interest in Kristin Chenoweth playing the country music superstar in a Broadway musical or biopic.
Dolly Parton appeared on Mr. Nashville Talks to promote her new book and album, Run Rose Run, and the conversation turned to a potential biopic or stage play chronicling the songwriter, singer, philanthropist’s life, and decades-long career.
“I’ve been talking about doing my Broadway musical and we were really, really way out ahead of that, and then COVID hit and that changed my mind about a whole lot of things,” Parton told Ferguson. “I do intend someday to be on Broadway, but I’m thinking now that I might do my life story as a feature… Maybe possibly even a musical feature, so we’re in talks about that.”
But who would be up to the task? Dolly Parton has at least one person in mind: “I love Kristin Chenoweth,” Parton said. “She’s just absolutely fantastic. Years and years ago, when I was going to do the Broadway musical—I never can get it how I want it, but I’m still working on it. But I thought she’d be an ideal person to do that.”
Chenoweth appears to have already been preparing for the role. A long-time fan, the singer and actress performed Parton’s “Jolene” during an appearance on The Kelly Clarkson Show in 2021.
In addition to the album as mentioned earlier and book, Dolly Parton just released a new perfume, “Dolly: Scent From Above,” and respectfully declined her nomination to be inducted into the Rock ‘N’ Roll Hall Of Fame.