She’s the queen of country, with the big voice and huge … personality, which is why everyone loves Dolly Parton.
While she has kept herself busy over the years creating 44 solo albums and opening four different Dollywood parks, Dolly hasn’t been touring much. Luckily, Leisa Way, a very talented artist in her own right, has stepped onto the stage in tribute to the country music legend. Leisa’s show, Rhinestone Cowgirl: a Tribute to Dolly Parton, comes to 19 on the Park in Stouffville on Sept. 29.
Along with Leisa, the concert features a full backup group, called Wayward Wind. Way has created a dynamic show full of one-liners and stories about Dolly’s famous rags-to-riches life story.
Some of her favourites for the tribute show include 9 to 5, I Will Always Love You, Jolene, Two Doors Down, Here You Come Again, Coat of Many Colours, Islands in the Stream and Why’d You Come In Here Looking Like That. And, when the band unplugs their instruments and joins Way downstage for an acoustic section, there is a timeless feeling about the musical moment.
19 on the Park programming in September also features a new musical version of the enduring girl-power book, The Paper Bag Princess. To Be Determined Theatre Company returns to Stouffville on Sept. 30 to present the Robert Munsch tale of a strong-willed princess who saves her prince from the dragon. The story which has won critical acclaim from feminists from around the world and one every child should see come alive on the stage.
Tickets for both shows are available, online, at 19onthepark.ca or by calling the box office at 905-640-2322.