The music of Tennessee icon Dolly Parton will fill The Franklin Theatre as Studio Tenn’s production of Here You Come Again hits the stage May 17 – 28, 2023.
Here You Come Again is a new musical that tells the story of Kevin – a struggling comedian and diehard Parton fan – who has to move in with his parents. Parton appears to Kevin in a vision and uses her charm to guide him toward hope.
Tricia Paoluccio – a co-writer of the musical – will play the lead role. She played Parton in the musical Stand By Your Man at the Ryman Auditorium. In addition, she played Doraleein in the musical adaptation of the 1980 movie 9 to 5 starring Parton. Paoluccio’s Broadway credits include A View from the Bridge; The Green Bird; and Fiddler on the Roof. She also has a list of movie, television and creative credits.
“Tricia actually learned to sing through Dolly’s music growing up,” says Patrick Cassidy, Studio Tenn’s artistic director. “Her portrayal is truly second to none and was blessed by Dolly herself. The story is something everyone can empathize with and laugh alongside. Our patrons will leave the show smiling and singing along,” Cassidy adds.
Zach Sutton will play the heartbroken Kevin, whose imaginary version of the country music legend will take the audience on a journey of healing. Sutton’s performance credits include Sister Act; Flashdance; Beauty and the Beast; and A Chorus Line, among others.
Written by Paoluccio, Gabriel Barre, and Bruce Vilanch, “Here You Come Again” features songs written or performed by Parton, including “Jolene,” “9 to 5,” and “Islands in the Stream.”
Tickets start at $55 at studiotenn.org or call 615-541-8200 for more details.