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Dolly Parton Announces Her New Broadway Musical ‘Hello, I’m Dolly’ Based on Her ‘Inspiring Story’

The country star's life will be brought to the stage in 2026

Dolly Parton fans, hold on to your hats: the country-pop star has announced a new Broadway musical based on her “inspiring” life and career. Titled ‘Hello, I’m Dolly,’ the new show is set to hit the stage in 2026. Keep scrolling to learn everything about the show, its announcement, debut date and more.

Dolly Parton announced her new musical at the Country Music Awards Fest

Parton made the announcement about her new musical at CMA Fest in Nashville while appearing as a speaker on the opening day. The artist shared that fans could expect “all your favorites,” but that there will also be newly written songs mixed in with the classics. The title of the musical comes from Parton’s first album from 1967 of the same name.

The “9 to 5” singer also shared the news on X, previously known as Twitter, stating, “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.”

Broadway musical will be all about her real life

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Dolly Parton (1976)Getty

Parton has been a country music legend for decades, releasing hit after hit like “Jolene” and “I Will Always Love You.” However, Hello, I’m Dolly will be the first musical produced about the singer’s life and career. Parton explained that the score, which she is putting together herself, will toy with emotions. “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 show will be produced by Parton, as well as ATG Productions, Adam Speers and CTK Enterprises Danny Nozell. This will not be the first time that Parton and Speers have worked together creatively, however.

“I first had the pleasure of working with Dolly Parton in 2019,” Speers started, “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.”

Dolly Parton teased her musical’s high anticipation

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Dolly Parton (2016)Getty

Since the musical was just announced recently, it is not set to hit the stage until 2026. But Parton will surely make the wait worth it, as her earlier work has never disappointed before. She gave a teaser for what fans can expect to see in the musical. “The whole first act is my early days before I went to Nashville. The second act is about my days in Nashville and beyond.”

Parton will also co-write the book for the production, along with Maria S. Schlatter, who also worked with the star on Christmas on the Square (2020).

Casting for the Broadway show, as well as members of the creative team, have not yet been announced.

The country superstar is a celebrated musician and creative genius

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Dolly Parton performing in the 1970sGetty

The 10-time Grammy Award-winning artist has been hard at work for years, which is greatly apparent with all her success over her decades-long career. The artist has also brought home 13 Academy of Country Music awards, as well as nine Country Music Association Awards. Parton has also been honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Recording Academy in 2011 and from the Country Music Association in 2016.

This is so touching. I would have cried but I didn’t want to mess up my eyelashes …” Parton started at the 2016 CMA Awards. “I just want to thank all my fans and everybody for allowing me to see my little girl dreams come true.”

Everybody knows the special person that Parton is, and Speers didn’t hold back when sharing his thoughts. “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,” Speers shared.

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