27
March
2019
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22:00
Australia/Melbourne

That hair, those songs....

It's not like work, it's fun.
Brooke McMullen

"It's not like work, it's fun."

That was the response from Brooke McMullen when asked what it was like to portray Dolly Parton, a living legend of country music.

Wodonga Council caught up with the 23-year-old ahead of her performance at The Cube Wodonga on Thursday, April 4.

Brooke, who has a dance background, divulged what it takes to physically transform into the well-known singer.

"I spend a lot of time working on my make-up to get it just right and then there's the hair," she said.

"It's actually two wigs styled into one.

"It's quite heavy when you first put it on but then you forget about it."

Brooke recently wowed crowds at The Cube Wodonga when she performed as June Carter in the hit show "Leaving Jackson", saying the two singers couldn't be more different.

"June is a lot of fun but she is not known as a fabulous singer and she admits this herself ... whereas Dolly has the most incredible voice I have ever heard and she is unique and sassy," she said.

Brooke was just 18 years old when she performed her first Dolly song in public.

"I used to do musical theatre and we were invited to an International Women's Day event where I sang 9 to 5," she said.

"I remember growing up and listening to Dolly and lots of old school country and rock and roll music, I come from a very musical household who appreciated music."

Brooke, backed by a five-piece band, will perform 9-5, Jolene, Love is like a Butterfly, My Tennessee Mountain Home, Islands in the Stream, I Will Always Love You and a heap of surprises.

The show, which is touring Australia, has been well received and is being promoted as a performance not to be missed by all fans of country music.

So what's next on the agenda for this superstar in the making?

Brooke has been invited to perform at the inaugural Dolly Parton Festival at Narromine in April 2020, a festival that hopes to put the drought-affected shire on the map.

Details:
What: The Songs of Dolly Parton - The Coat of Many Colors
When: Thursday, April 4
Where: The Cube Wodonga
Duration: Two hours with interval
Cost: $59, concession $49, under 18 $29, members $44.20, member concession $36.70, member under 18 $21.70.
Tickets: click here