Oh Dolly!: Parton On Her Tony Nod

Dolly Parton has done it all.

The singer, composer, actress, author, TV star, philanthropist, and theme park owner has won seven Grammys. She's been named a Country Music Award "Entertainer of the Year" and Kennedy Center Honoree. Parton has a star on Hollywood's "Walk of Fame." She's received the National Medal of the Arts and two Academy Award nominations.

And now she's in a foray onto Broadway.

The venture on the Great White Way has resulted in her being nominated in the Tony Awards' Best Original Score category for the Broadway show "9 to 5 The Musical".

She appeared on The Early Show Friday to talk about the honor.

Parton said she was asked to write the score for the musical about women turning the tables on their sexist boss after she wrote the songs for the 1980 film of the same name.

"I love to write, of course, but I'd never done that before. But when they did ask me, I said, 'Well, I'll give it a try, and if it's not good, tell me right up front and don't worry about it." '

But after four years working on the project on and off, the singing star did it, adding to the hits she wrote 30 years before, and making the rest of the show musical-ready.

Parton said, "It turned out pretty good, I think."

Parton told Early Show co-anchor Harry Smith seeing the show for the first time was a great experience.

"It almost stopped my heart to hear my songs so big with all that great music, the orchestra and all those singers," she said. " ... It was just like, 'Did I do that?" '

The musical has also been nominated for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical (Allison Janney, originally performed by Lily Tomlin in the movie), Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical (Marc Kudisch), and Best Choreography (Andy Blankenbuehler).

Parton said she's nervous about the 63rd Annual Tony Awards, airing Sunday night.

"I've written and done everything, but it would be nice to win," she said. "I'm not expecting to, but I don't know what I'd do if I did win, but I would run out there and kiss Elton John and kick him off stage or something. ... It would be wonderful, but even if I don't win, it's a long way from Locust Ridge, Tenn., to Broadway, and I'm here!"

Will we see Parton herself on Broadway anytime soon?

Parton said she's thought about writing her life story for a Broadway musical, adding there might be a part in the older years that she could play herself!

Parton said she'll also be singing a bit at the Tonys ceremony Sunday with the other nominees.

You can see "9 to 5 The Musical" at New York's Marquis Theatre.
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