Dolly Parton takes Broadway: ‘Hello, I’m Dolly’ musical in the works

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American singer Dolly Parton poses on stage during a press conference to launch her new album, in London, Britain, June 29, 2023. REUTERS/Anna Gordon
American singer Dolly Parton poses on stage during a press conference to launch her new album, in London, Britain, June 29, 2023. REUTERS/Anna Gordon
A musical about Dolly Parton is in development.

Hello, I’m Dolly – An Original Musical is in the works for the Broadway stage. The country superstar revealed she has been working on the project for several years.

Due to arrive on Broadway in 2026, Hello, I’m Dolly is inspired by her life and trailblazing career.

 

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Parton announced the project on stage at the CMA Fest in Nashville. She said the show will include fan favourites as well as original compositions.

“Hello, I’m Dolly, and I lived my whole life to see this show on stage,” she said.

“I’ve written many original songs for the show and included all your favourites in it as well.

“You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll clap, you’ll stomp, it truly is a Grand Ol’ Opera. Pun and fun intended. Don’t miss it!”

The new musical borrows its title from the name of Dolly’s first studio album released in 1967.

The music and lyrics are by Parton, and the singer is co-writing the book with Maria S. Schlatter. Additional members of the creative team and casting will be announced at a later date.

The musical is being produced by Dolly along with Danny Nozell for CTK Enterprises and Adam Speers for ATG Productions.

“I first had the pleasure of working with Dolly Parton in 2019 when she trusted us to develop a new version of her musical 9 to 5 for London’s West End,” Speers said.

“I had always heard she wanted to do a musical based on her life, so when she asked if I would be interested in producing it, I was bowled over.

“As the world knows, Dolly is a magical blend of talent, hard work, intelligence, charm, wit, and a gigantically big heart.

“I’m thrilled we’re going to bring her inspiring story to Broadway.”

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