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Dolly Parton Says a Musical About Her Life Is Broadway Bound

Dolly Parton Says a Musical About Her Life Is Broadway Bound


Dolly Parton’s long-gestating biographical musical is aiming to reach on Broadway in 2026, the singer-songwriter mentioned Thursday.

The musical might be known as “Hello, I’m Dolly,” which is each the title of Parton’s first studio album and an allusion to the basic Broadway present “Hello, Dolly!”

Parton introduced plans for the present in remarks to CMA Fest, a gathering of nation music followers in Nashville.

“I simply needed to say that I wouldn’t be right here, should you hadn’t been there, and I imply that — and that occurs to be the identify of one of many songs that’s going to be in my new Broadway musical,” she instructed the group. “I’ve written an entire lot of authentic songs for it, in addition to all of the hit songs that you realize.”

She added that, “You’ll get to know all of my life, thus far” and that “It actually does have a variety of story, a variety of household.”

Parton has been engaged on the musical for a couple of decade. In 2016, she instructed Variety she thought it could hit the stage two years later; on the time, she mentioned the primary act could be about her pre-Nashville life, and the second act could be about her Nashville-based profession.

Parton and Maria S. Schlatter will write the musical’s e book; in 2020, the 2 collaborated on the movie “Christmas on the Square.”

Parton, who has quite a few enterprise ventures along with her songwriting and performing profession, is planning to supply the musical with Danny Nozell, who’s Parton’s longtime manager, and ATG Productions, the British theater firm producing this season’s Broadway revival of “Cabaret.”

This is not going to be Parton’s first Broadway enterprise: She wrote the music and lyrics for the 2009 musical “9 to five,” which was tailored from a movie through which she starred, and in 1993 one among her songs was featured in a Broadway vacation present known as “Candles, Snow & Mistletoe.”

It’s additionally not the primary Parton-themed musical on the market: A present known as “Here You Come Again,” a couple of devoted Parton fan, has had a number of productions in American regional theaters over the previous few years and is now touring Britain.

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