The songstress has sold more than 100 million records worldwide and won countless awards, including eight CMA and seven Grammy Awards, but her early years were more than humble. The fourth of 12 children, Parton says she grew up “dirt poor” in Tennessee. A musical version of her life would no doubt chart her rags to riches story, from performing on local radio and television programs as a child to her meteoric rise as a country superstar who has taken more than 20 songs to number one, been inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame and was awarded the Kennedy Center Honor—not to mention her countless films, philanthropic efforts and theme park, Dollywood.
As Parton says about her work on the musical version of 9 to 5, “It’s been a lifelong dream of mine to write the songs for a Broadway show. Well, now I’ve gone and done it!” It looks like the self-described “Backwoods Barbie” wants to do it again with a focus on her own amazing story.