This Former ‘Wicked’ Star Says She’s ‘Ready’ to Take on the Role of Dolly Parton

Kristin Chenoweth is prepared to take on the role of one of music's biggest icons: Dolly Parton.

In a recent interview with Mr. Nashville Talks, Parton revealed that she is still working on a project that will adapt her life story. While the “9 to 5” singer had previously been developing a Broadway musical based on her life, the plans got scrapped due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Parton said, “I do intend someday to be on Broadway, but I'm thinking now that I might do my life story as a feature, and maybe, possibly even, a musical feature. And so...we're in talks about that.”

During the interview, Parton was asked if she had any stars in mind, but the musician said the project was too early in development to know yet. However, back in December 2020, Parton showed her interest in Kristin Chenoweth while chatting with Marie Claire. “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 thought she'd be an ideal person to do that.”

Now, Chenoweth has shown her interest in playing the country star with a brand-new tweet.

The Schmigadoon! actress shared a tweet from News In Entertainment, which said, “#DollyParton might be getting an adaption of her decades-long career on #Broadway or #Biopic #musical #film with her eyes on #KristinChenoweth who does an incredible impression.” Chenoweth quoted the tweet and wrote, “I’m ready Dolly.”

We've known that Chenoweth had interest in the part before, thanks to an exclusive interview with PureWow, where she said, “If I could play anyone's life, it would be Dolly's.”

Fellow celebs clearly loved the idea, like With Love screenwriter Gloria Calderón Kellett, who said, “We want it!!!!” Meanwhile, actress Valerie Bertinelli commented, “Oh my god yes please.”

We would love to see this happen (*fingers crossed*).

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Joel is the Associate Editor for News & Entertainment and has been reporting on all things pop culture for over 5 years. Before working at PureWow, he served as a Features...