Dolly Parton is having a dickens of a Christmas this holiday season. Her new musical “Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountain Christmas Carol” will have its world premiere staged reading at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts in Saint Paul, Minn., Saturday and Sunday.
“These things just fall in your lap and you just have to do them,” said Parton, who will attend her musical’s debut. “How many people have all their dreams come true? I’ve dreamed myself into a corner and now I have to be responsible.”
The musical’s book is written by David H. Bell with the adaptation is by Bell, Paul T. Couch and Curt Wollan, who also directs the presentation. Tim Hayden is the Musical Director. Based on Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” the show will run for only three performances. Parton does not sing in the show.
Parton said the premise came from a Christmas show they presented at Dollywood, her theme park in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. Several years ago, a hologram of Dolly portrayed the Ghost of Christmas Past in an East Tennessee version of the Dickens classic. The singer said the idea to shift “A Christmas Carol” into a Smoky Mountain setting was Couch’s, the former entertainment director at Dollywood. Couch asked Parton to write songs for the new musical and has an eye on making it a holiday touring production.
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