Time Warp, 1983: Dolly Parton’s Sister Stars In Musical At Masonic Temple

January 23, 2019 GMT

Oct. 26, 1983: Singing and performing runs in the Parton family. Coming from a Tennessee family of 12 brothers and sisters, Stella Parton stepped out on the stage of the Masonic Temple in Scranton in the lead role of Miss Mona Stangley, proprietor of the Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, in the musical of the same name.

The musical — inspired by a real bawdyhouse in La Grange, Texas — deals with Miss Mona running the business and protecting it from attacks from a television reporter.

The show opened on Broadway in June 1978 with Carlin Glynn starring as Mona and Henderson Forsythe as Sheriff Ed Earl Dodd. Both won Tony Awards for their performances. In 1982, the musical made it to the silver screen starring Dolly Parton — Stella Parton’s older sister — as Mona and Burt Reynolds as Dodd.

Stella Parton started singing at an early age with her sister Dolly. Following her own path, the younger Parton had a hit song with “I Want to Hold You in My Dreams Tonight” on her debut 1975 album of the same name. Later albums produced more hits, such as “Undercover Lovers,” “Neon Woman” and “Steady as the Rain.”

Stella Parton also has appeared on the small screen, starring in an episode of the “Dukes of Hazzard” and in two made-for-television movies based on her sister’s song “Coat of Many Colors” that aired on NBC in 2015 and 2016.

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