Dolly Parton themed musical is slated to begin July at the Connecticut Theater

A Dolly Parton musical is finally going live!

Goodspeed Musicals has announced its upcoming season of new musicals will include one inspired by the life of the country music legend – and sound advice. The show, set to go live in July this year, 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 over six years.

Dolly Parton musical hits Connecticut Theater for a month

Fans who have been waiting for a Parton-themed musical to hit theaters have finally got their wish. Goodspeed Musicals will host a musical in her honor next season at the Norma Terris Theater in Connecticut.

The new musical, titled Here You Come Again, is being produced by Vilanch, Tricia Paoluccio and Gabriel Barre and is scheduled to run from July 26, 2023 to August 27, 2023. The show will follow the story of an improvised man, a die-hard fan the singer, receives some life-changing lessons from the multi-award-winning icon herself.

Dolly Parton at the 2019 We Are Family Gala

Accordingly pay the bill, the upcoming show’s songs will feature some of her beloved hits like ‘9 to 5’, ‘Islands in the Stream’ and ‘Jolene’. The acclaimed Barre will choreograph and direct Dolly Parton’s new musical Here You Come Again, which notably premiered at the Delaware Theater Company in 2022.

The world premiere was followed by shows at Casa Mañana in Texas, Civic Light Opera in Pittsburgh, Kravis Center in Florida and Studio Tennessee in Tennessee. As for Parton’s autobiography, the “Coat of Many Colors” hitmaker previously teased that one was in the works.

The jukebox musical, which would be a nod to her life journey and musical career, would reportedly sit on the same pedestal as music shows by other music powerhouses like Cher, Donna Summer, Neil Diamonds and Carole King.

As it stands, there’s no word on how the upcoming musical would impact the yet-to-be-completed “Two Doors Down” singer’s autobiographical musical. Like “Here You Come Again”, the jukebox contained some of their well-known songs. During an interview in 2016, the 2019 MusiCares Person of the Year stated:

“We tell my life story as a musical with some new songs. The hits will be in there, but I’ve also written a lot of new music.”

The 2011 Lifetime Achievement Grammy recipient also hinted at the importance of finding the perfect person with the singing voice and ample bosom to play in a biopic.

The National Medal of Arts winner gave a stunning performance alongside Miley Cyrus in January

Dolly Parton's post on her Instagram page
Instagram | Dolly Parton

The explosion reported that Parton spoke about ringing in the new year with her goddaughter Miley Cyrus by her side. The duo performed a medley of two of their biggest hits – “I Will Always Love You” and “Wrecking Ball” – during Cyrus’ New Year’s Eve party.

Aside from wowing the crowd at the shindig, this moment had an emotional pull for the singers, who recalled the process that led to the birth of the songs. For starters, the Hannah Montana star released Wrecking Ball toward the end of her public relationship with actor Liam Hemsworth, making it impossible for her to perform it without crying her eyes out.

In fact, her godmother revealed that she cried during rehearsals before the party, prompting her to hold the ‘Party in the USA’ hitmaker’s hand as they performed her live. The emotional charge stayed with the pair as they sang separate verses before belting out the chorus together.

For Parton, the experience was an “ascending” one that was “incredibly moving” with a “transcendent quality.” The 77-year-old put her thoughts into words during a follow-up interview, saying:

“The fact that we sang so well together really aroused our emotions. Then we went into ‘I Will Always Love You’ and she just had these tears falling down and it was so emotional.”

The Grand Ole Opry contestant shared that she and Cyrus were able to deliver because they were invested in the lyrics and singing from a place where they could relate to what they were “singing — and singing about.” .

“Wrecking Ball” was released in August 2013 and earned the “So Undercover” actress her first number one song on the Billboard Hot 100.

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