Dolly Parton Writes New Broadway Musical Recounting Her Legendry Journey


The indomitable spirit of Broadway is set to tap into the melodious magic of a living legend, Dolly Parton, with a new stage musical titled, “Hello, I’m Dolly,” echoing the success of Broadway’s previous hit, “Hello, Dolly.”

Parton is known for her songwriting prowess, spinning tunes that are deeply entrenched in the hearts of millions. Moving past her evergreen hits, she’s now penning fresh melodies to accompany the narrative of her life, woven into a stage production tailored for Broadway 2026.

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As quoted by the iconic singer herself, “I’ve written many original songs for the show and included all your favorites in it as well. Immerse in the journey—it will make you laugh, compel you to shed tears, ignite applause, and perhaps even bring you to your feet. In essence, you’re in for a whimsical ride with a Grand Ol’ Opera. Yes, the fun pun is intentional.”

The sterling collaboration between Parton and Emmy-winning Maria S. Schlatte, celebrated for her production prowess in Netflix’s “Christmas on the Square,” is an alliance that adds a rich layer to the anticipated stage musical.

Rolling back the pages of history, “Hello, I’m Dolly” was the christening of Parton’s debut album, launched in 1967, graced by hits like “Dumb Blonde” and “Something Fishy.” From then on, the country diva embarked on a journey of meteoric rise to national fame, starring in movies, authoring books, bagging Grammys, scooping up the honor of being the first country artist declared as the MusiCares Person of the Year, and manifesting her philanthropic side with a generous donation of $1 million for coronavirus research.

Gracing the Grammy awards with an imposing record of 52 nominations and 11 wins, Parton firmly lodged herself unique spot as the second-most nominated woman in Grammy history, trailing only behind Beyoncé. This achievement was then topped with her earning the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award a decade ago.

The musical is sure to be a treasure trove of Parton’s melodies, with a pick from her three Top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 — “9 to 5,” “Here You Come Again,” and “Islands in the Stream”. Her distinctive and unparalleled country music jams like “Yellow Roses,” “Think About Love,” “Tennessee Homesick Blues,” and crowd-favorite “Jolene,” will add the necessary charm to this highly anticipated musical.

This is not Parton’s maiden tryst with Broadway. “9 to 5,” hit Broadway in 2009, featuring Stephanie J. Block, Megan Hilty, and Allison Janney, while her 1993 Christmas special “Candles, Snow & Mistletoe” encapsulated her song “With Bells On.”

“Hello, I’m Dolly” testifies to the ever-growing trend of musicians narrating their life stories through Broadway productions, placing Parton in the esteemed company of Neil Diamond, Alicia Keys, Michael Jackson, Carole King, and Gloria and Emilio Estefan.

The musical will be produced by Parton herself, in collaboration with Adam Speers for ATG Productions and Danny Nozell for CTK Enterprises, and is sure to add her name to the roster of pop and rock legends like Elton John, Cyndi Lauper, The Go-Gos, and others who have delivered Broadway scores.