The Dolly Parton-themed musical is scheduled to open at the Connecticut Theater in July
A live Dolly Parton musical is finally coming!
Goodspeed Musicals has announced that the next season of new musicals will include music inspired by the country music legend’s life — and advice. The show, scheduled to launch this July, would be hosted by industry heavyweights, including Primetime Emmy winner Bruce Vilanch. It’s unclear if this project is the same as the “autobiographical jukebox” the singer has reportedly been working on for more than six years.
Dolly Parton-themed musical hits at the Connecticut Theater for a month-long run
Fans who have been waiting for a Parton-themed musical to hit theaters are finally getting their wish. Goodspeed Musicals will stage a musical in her honor next season at the Norma Terris Theater in Connecticut.
Titled “Here You Come Again,” the new musical is produced by Vilanch, Tricia Paoluccio and Gabriel Barre and is expected to run from July 26, 2023 to August 27, 2023. The presentation will follow an improvised story. man, a die-hard fan of the singer who got some life-changing lessons from the multi-award winning icon herself.
Based on He pays a bill, songs from the upcoming show will include beloved hits like “9 to 5,” “Islands in the Stream” and “Jolene.” The renowned Barre choreographs and directs the new one Dolly Parton musical “Here You Come Again” premiered in 2022 at the Delaware Theater Company.
The world premiere was followed by presentations at Casa Mañana in Texas, the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, the Kravis Center in Florida, and Studio Tennessee in Tennessee. As for Parton’s autobiography, the “Coat of Many Colors” hitmaker previously teased that it was in the works.
The jukebox musical, which would point to her life journey and musical career, is said to be on the same pedestal as musical shows presented by other musical powerhouses such as Cher, Donna Summer, Neil Diamonds and Carole King.
There is currently no word on how the upcoming musical will affect the still-unfinished “Two Doors Down” singer’s autobiographical musical. Like “Here You Come Again,” the jukebox would include some well-known songs. In a 2016 interview, the 2019 MusicCares Person of the Year said:
“We’re telling my life story as a musical with some new songs. The hits will be in it, but I’ve also written a lot of new music.”
The 2011 Lifetime Achievement Grammy winner also hinted at finding the perfect person with the singing voice and bosom to play her in a biopic.
The National Medal of Arts recipient delivered a powerful performance alongside Miley Cyrus in January
The explosion reported that Parton ringed in the New Year with her goddaughter Miley Cyrus by her side. The duo performed a medley of their two biggest hits, “I Will Always Love You” and “Wrecking Ball,” at Cyrus’ New Year’s Eve party.
In addition to thrilling the crowd at the shindig, the moment had an emotional appeal for the singers, who recalled the process that led to the birth of the songs. For starters, the “Hannah Montana” star released “Wrecking Ball” at the end of her public relationship with actor Liam Hemsworth, making it impossible for her to perform it without bawling her eyes out.
In fact, her godmother revealed she cried during pre-party rehearsals, prompting her to hold the ‘Party in the USA’ hitmaker’s hand when they performed it live. The emotional charge remained with the pair as they sang separate verses before taking on the chorus together.
For Parton, the experience was “soaring”, “incredibly moving”, with a “transcendent quality”. The 77-year-old woman put her thoughts into words during a subsequent interview:
“The fact that we sang so well together really stirred our emotions. Then we went into “I Will Always Love You” and she was just in tears and it was so emotional.
The Grand Ole Opry insider shared that he and Cyrus were able to perform so well because they invested in the lyrics and sang from a place where they could relate to what they were “singing about — and singing about.”
“Wrecking Ball” was released in August 2013, giving the “So Undercover” actress her first number one song on the Billboard Hot 100.