Dolly Parton Announces Broadway Show Based On Her Life

Photo from Dolly Parton’s Instagram

Dolly Parton Announces Broadway Show Based On Her Life

By Movieguide® Contributor

Dolly Parton is bringing her music to Broadway!

“I’ve been writing my life story as a Broadway musical for several years and I’m proud to announce we are finally developing ‘Hello, I’m Dolly – An Original Musical’ for the Broadway stage,” Parton announced on X and Instagram. 

In another statement about HELLO, I’M DOLLY, the singer said she has “lived my whole life to see this show on stage.”

“I’ve written many original songs for the show and included all your favorites in it as well,” Parton revealed. “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!”

In addition to providing the music, Parton is also co-writing the show’s book alongside Maria S. Schlatter. The pair previously worked together on 2020’s CHRISTMAS ON THE SQUARE. 

Producer Adam Speers said, “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. 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,” he continued. “I’m thrilled we’re going to bring her inspiring story to Broadway.”

The musical is slated to open in 2026, per Playbill. 

HELLO, I’M DOLLY isn’t the only live show Parton has in the works. Movieguide® previously reported:

Dolly Parton has announced a new “multimedia symphonic story-telling experience” concert series, titled “Dolly Parton’s Threads: My Songs in Symphony,” that will reimagine some of her biggest hits. 

“Bringing the genius, music, life and legacy of Dolly Parton to symphonic audiences is an honor for us,” Robert Thompson, president of Schirmer Theatrical, a co-producer of the project, said. “Audiences will hear for the first time Dolly’s songs performed by orchestras worldwide in this innovative symphonic storytelling experience.”

“Threads” is described as “an innovative multimedia experience featuring Dolly on screen, leading audiences in a visual-musical journey of her songs, her life, and her stories.”

“Accompanied by guest vocalists and musicians hand-picked by Dolly herself, audiences will hear new and innovative orchestrations of her hit songs, including ‘Jolene,’ ‘Coat Of Many Colors,’ and ‘I Will Always Love You,’ in addition to her personal favorites and an as-yet unreleased selection from her upcoming Broadway musical,” the description continued. 

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