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June 21, 2024

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Dolly Parton’s “Hello, I’m Dolly” Heading to Broadway

Dolly Parton, showing zero signs of slowing down at 78 years old, is writing the story of her life for a Broadway musical!

Move over, “Hello, Dolly!” it’s just about time for “Hello, I’m Dolly.” The reigning queen of country music is co-writing a stage story inspired by her life for a musical aimed for Broadway in 2026.

“Hello, I’m Dolly, and I 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 said in a press release today. “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!”

“Hello, I’m Dolly” Heading to Broadway

The new show will feature a score by Parton plus new songs along with some of Parton’s biggest chart-toppers. The country legend, who opened the Country Music Association’s Fan Fest just this morning, Thursday, June 6, is going strong. She is also building a hotel in Music City — Songteller Hotel — named after her book.

The story of Parton’s life is rich and varied, starting from humble beginnings in a one-room cabin in Pittman Center, Tennessee. The fourth of 12 children, Parton’s family was “dirt poor,” and she began performing as a child, singing on local radio and television programs in Eastern Tennessee. She was just 13 when she recorded “Puppy Love” for the Goldband Record label. Parton moved to Nashville in 1964 and signed with Combine Publishing shortly after her arrival. And the rest, as they say, is history. Her career has spanned 60 years across the arts with music, acting, writing, philanthropy and entrepreneurialism. Whittling it all down into a two or three-hour musical will be an epic feat.

“Hello, I’m Dolly” will be produced by Parton and Adam Speers for ATG Productions, an international theatrical production company dedicated to producing critically acclaimed and commercially successful works for Broadway and beyond.

Learn more about Dolly’s Broadway show journey and sign up to get notifications about it at helloimdolly.com.

 

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