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Friday, September 12, 2008

I’ve Said It Before, I’ll Say It Again

posted by on September 12 at 11:48 AM

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Dolly Parton is the greatest celebrity in the history of the world.

From my beloved WoW Report:

Last night, at the Ahmanson Theatre in LA, we saw the first ever public performance of 9 to 5: The Musical. There’d been anxious chatter about the show after previous previews were canned at the last minute. But the show was a feel-good scream-a-thon: fabulous Allison Janney, fabulous sets flying about, and fabulous songs from Dolly Parton. The only hitch proved to be a huge bonus: at one point the hyperkinetic set jammed and they had to stop the show, lower the curtain, and start banging away.

“Uh-oh!” shouted a familiar voice from the audience. Dolly Parton was right there, and she jumped up and entertained everyone for a good 20 minutes, tossing off a quick performance of “I Will Always Love You.” “OK, so I don’t sound as good as Whitney, but I make more money off that song than she does,” she quipped.

The rest of the show went off without a hitch and a standing ovation deservedly followed. Don’t worry if you can’t get tickets to the fab musical – you can always come see the art show in her honor opening this Friday at the World of Wonder Storefront Gallery.

Here’s some footage of the impromptu Dolly show.

Goddamn I love her. Speaking of goddamn love: My fella Jake and I will be seeing Dolly Parton’s 9 to 5: The Musical on September 27 in LA—the day after we get married. (Here’s a story I wrote about it for this year’s Queer Issue. To those who’ve already read it, I’m happy to report that Jake’s dad will be coming to LA to conduct the ceremony, which makes me so happy I can hardly stand it.)

Dear God: Please let something go wrong at the show so Dolly can appear. Also, please defeat Proposition 8. Amen.

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"Dolly Parton is the great celebrity in the history of the world."?

Posted by mackro mackro | September 12, 2008 11:51 AM
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1. Agreed re: Dolly.

2. Congratulations! This is one of the happiest posts I have ever read on Slog.

Posted by Andrew | September 12, 2008 11:56 AM
3

Oh..come on! You don't think that was a set-up?

Posted by jean genie | September 12, 2008 11:57 AM
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#3: If so, the fact that she was willing to be set up for such a thing confirms the truth of the statement questioned by #1.

Posted by David Schmader | September 12, 2008 11:59 AM
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Congratulations, Dave & Jake!!!

You are so right about Dolly. She is the BEST.

Posted by Elsinora | September 12, 2008 12:05 PM
6

Best story ever. And congratulations. You keep posting it, I'll keep congratulating you!

Posted by Fnarf | September 12, 2008 12:14 PM
7

I just realized I have a hold in the crotch of my pants. This, of course, has nothing to do with Dolly Parton, Jake, Schmader, gay marriage, or 9 to 5.

Anyway, congratulations!

Posted by Mr. Poe | September 12, 2008 12:18 PM
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*hole. Heh. Hole.

Posted by Mr. Poe | September 12, 2008 12:18 PM
9

Woo-hoo! Congratulations, boys!

Posted by Eric F | September 12, 2008 12:19 PM
10

Although I will never know happiness in this life and will die just as I have lived -- utterly alone, hoping with each passing moment that all religions are wrong and death is like the flick of a lightswitch and with it my suffering will finally be over -- congratulations on your upcoming wedding.

I'm even working every week in the No on Prop. 8 headquarters here. Making sure other people will be happy in a way that will be forever out of my reach. How perverse is that?

But, anyway, congratulations! And, yes, Dolly rocks!

Posted by whatevernevermind | September 12, 2008 12:21 PM
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I don't think I've ever know Schmader without his partner in crime, and their impending nuptials are worth celebrating every day.

Those dudes are in it to win it.

Congrats again, my dear. I wish I knew Dolly, so I could get her to serenade you both. Well, and to hear all her crazy stories from the holler.

Posted by kerri harrop | September 12, 2008 12:24 PM
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Thanks to all well-wishers, and confidential to #10: It's fucking perverse, but yours is exactly the attitude needed to find true love. Good luck.

Posted by David Schmader | September 12, 2008 12:24 PM
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Thank you, Eric F! For reals. (He kinda introduced Jake and me.)

Posted by David Schmader | September 12, 2008 12:28 PM
14

I wonder how much the residuals/royalties continue to be from that song


"“I Will Always Love You.” “OK, so I don’t sound as good as Whitney, but I make more money off that song than she does,” she quipped."

Posted by Non | September 12, 2008 12:36 PM
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I want Dolly Parton to win the Tony Award for Best Original Score!

Posted by Bub | September 12, 2008 12:37 PM
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Schmaders gay!?

Posted by Rotten666 | September 12, 2008 12:45 PM
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she is the nicest for sure. I used to work room service at the Four Seasons Olympic years ago and she was THE nicest famous person I ever had the pleasure to serve. She'd say "just a little soup and half sandwich, I don't want to be any bother"

Posted by irl | September 12, 2008 12:48 PM
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I love that woman!!!

Posted by The General | September 12, 2008 1:46 PM
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I know I am a bit late to post this, but...

CONGRATS!!!!

And Dolly is rad. Straight up good woman. I wish she would endorse Obama.

Posted by Original Monique | September 12, 2008 2:40 PM
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And now we're even! (Dave more than sort of introduced my lady and me.)

Posted by Eric F | September 12, 2008 5:14 PM
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Dolly is a multitalented woman! Wish her Broadway version of 9 to 5 was coming to Seattle.

Posted by Eric | September 14, 2008 7:03 AM

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