This fall, Broadway audiences will get to know more about the women behind some of the most distinct voices of the 1960s and 1970s as bio musicals about Carole King and Janis Joplin open on the Great White Way. In honor of these shows, we asked you to pick other female artist from that era you think should get a musical. Get out your favorite vinyl records and scroll below for this week’s results.
1. Karen Carpenter – 34%
Carpenter rose to fame in the ‘70s as a singer and drummer and one half of the sibling duo The Carpenters. She died at age 32 from complications related to anorexia. A musical version of Carpenter’s life would hopefully include the beautiful and melancholy songs “Rainy Days and Mondays,” “We’ve Only Just Begun” and “Close to You.”
2. Stevie Nicks – 14%
Known as “The Reigning Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll,”Nicks broke out with the band Fleetwood Mac before launching a successful solo career. She has sold over 140 albums, been inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame and garnered 13 Grammy nominations. A bio musical would have to include the killer songs “Edge of Seventeen," "Landslide" and “Rhiannon.”
3. Dolly Parton - 13%
Parton made a splash on Broadway (and picked up a Tony nomination) in 2009 with a musicalized version of her hit film 9 to 5. Now, it’s time for the star to return with a more personalized story: her life. Tony winner Kristin Chenoweth has already expressed interest in playing Parton if the musical ever makes its way to the Great White Way. Here’s hoping theater audiences get a the chance to hear Cheno take on “Jolene,” “Islands in the Stream” and “I Will Always Love You.”
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