The Dolly Parton-themed musical is set to debut in July at the Connecticut Theater

A Dolly Parton musical is finally live!

Goodspeed Musicals has announced that its next season of new musicals will include a musical inspired by the country music legend’s life – and sound advice. The show, which is due to go live in July this year, is said to be handled by industry heavyweights including Primetime Emmy winner Bruce Vilanch. It’s unclear if this project is the same as the “autobiographical jukebox” the singer reportedly worked on for over six years.

Dolly Parton-themed musical hits Connecticut theaters for a month

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

The new musical, titled “Here You Come Again”, will be 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 fan stalwart of the singer, receiving some life-changing lessons herself from the multi-award-winning icon.

Dolly Parton at the 2019 We Are Family Gala

According Payroll, songs from the upcoming show will include some of her favorite hits like “9 to 5,” “Islands in the Stream,” and “Jolene.” The famous 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 performances at Casa Mañana in Texas, Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, Kravis Center in Florida and Studio Tennessee in Tennessee. As for Parton’s autobiography, the “Coat of Many Colors” hitmaker previously teased that one is in the works.

The jukebox musical, which is said to be a nod to her life journey and musical career, is allegedly on the same pedestal with musical performances from other musical powerhouses like Cher, Donna Summer, Neil Diamonds and Carole King.

As it stands, it’s unclear how the upcoming musical will affect the singer’s autobiographical musical “Two Doors Down” which is yet to be completed. Like “Here You Come Again”, the jukebox would contain some of his well-known songs. During an interview in 2016, the 2019 MusiCares Person of the Year said:

“We tell the story of my life as a musical with 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 the essence of finding the perfect person, with the singing voice and ample chest, to play in a biopic.

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

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

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

Beyond the excitement of the crowd during the shindig, the moment held emotional appeal for the singers, who recalled the process that led them to bring the songs to life. For starters, the “Hannah Montana” star released “Wrecking Ball” near the end of her public relationship with actor Liam Hemsworth, preventing him from performing it without bawling.

In fact, her godmother revealed she cried during their pre-party rehearsals, prompting her to hold hands with the ‘Party in the USA’ hitmaker when they performed it live. The emotional charge stayed with the pair as they sang separate verses before singing the chorus together.

For Parton, the experience was a “soaring ride” that was “incredibly moving” with a “transcendent quality”. Putting her thoughts into words in a follow-up interview, the 77-year-old said:

“The fact that we sang so well together stirred our emotions a lot. Then we went to “I Will Always Love You,” and she just had these tears rolling down, and it was so emotional.

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

“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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