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‘Better Day’ World Tour

Published July 17, 2011 / Last Updated August 23, 2015
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Team Dolly is a collaboration of writers, editors, and publishers assembled by Dolly Parton Productions. Each member is dedicated to accurately publishing the latest news and historical archives of the living legend that is Dolly Rebecca Parton.

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Dolly’s ‘Better Day’ World Tour most successful tour to date

Dolly began her “Better Day” World Tour on July 17, 2011, at Thompson-Boling arena in Knoxville, Tenn. It concluded on Dec. 1, 2011, at Melbourne Australia’s Rod Laver Arena. All told, Dolly played 50 dates, sold nearly 275,000 tickets, and grossed $34 million (her most successful tour to date).

Dolly was really excited to announce her “Better Day” World Tour saying,

“I had a great time when we were in Europe on the last ‘Backwoods Barbie’ tour, and I expect to have even more fun on the up and coming ‘Better Day‘ World Tour. I’m really looking forward to this, and I can’t wait to see all the fans again. We have a lot fun things for everybody!”

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‘9 to 5: The Musical’

Published April 7, 2009 / Last Updated September 15, 2017
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Team Dolly is a collaboration of writers, editors, and publishers assembled by Dolly Parton Productions. Each member is dedicated to accurately publishing the latest news and historical archives of the living legend that is Dolly Rebecca Parton.

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Senior Editor - Amanda Webb
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Dolly’s hit 1980 film is reborn in ‘9 to 5: The Musical’ and earns four Tony Award nominations

In 2008, Dolly developed a musical version of her 1980 hit movie “9 to 5.” Dolly wrote all the music and lyrics herself and the dialog was adapted by Patricia Resnick. The musical had its first table reading in 2007 and did a test run in Los Angeles in 2008.

“9 to 5: The Musical” premiered on Broadway at the Marquis Theater on, April 7, 2009, and ran in New York from April until it closed in September after 24 preview showings and 148 normal performances. During its runs in LA and NY, the musical garnered 15 Drama Desk Award nominations and four Tony Award nominations including Best Original Score. After it closed shop on Broadway the show went on tour in the United States, the United Kingdom, and had several regional productions.

The “9 to 5: The Musical (Original Broadway Cast Recording)” includes 18 tracks performed by the cast. The soundtrack was released on Dolly Records on, July 14, 2009. It earned a GRAMMY nomination for Best Musical Show Album.

Dolly had a specific plan for writing the songs for the Musical,

“I wanted it to be all that it could be…I wanted it to be what the story called for. I wanted each song to fit each character perfectly and fit the story line, as well and to have the songs to be singable and memorable.”

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Her plan worked well enough that she really found her groove,

“Once I got into it, I found I have a little knack for it because I’ve always loved telling stories… When you write for commercial radio, you have to keep it around three minutes and limit it to a couple verses and a chorus. But writing for the stage, I could just let my mind go.”

Dolly’s song “Backwoods Barbie” was performed in the first act and is included on the Musical soundtrack.

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Cracker Barrel ‘Backwoods Barbie’ Collector’s Edition

Published March 1, 2009 / Last Updated August 23, 2015
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Team Dolly is a collaboration of writers, editors, and publishers assembled by Dolly Parton Productions. Each member is dedicated to accurately publishing the latest news and historical archives of the living legend that is Dolly Rebecca Parton.

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Creative Director - Sarah Chapman
Senior Editor - Amanda Webb
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Retailer Cracker Barrel releases exclusive collector’s edition of Dolly’s ‘Backwoods Barbie’ album

In 2009, restaurant and retailer Cracker Barrel released an exclusive collector’s edition of Dolly’s “Backwoods Barbie” album including three previously unreleased tracks from Dolly’s personal catalog– “Rose of My Heart,” “Hallelujah Holiday,” and “Berry Pie.”

Dolly wanted to send a personal message with the re-release.

“I wanted the songs I chose specifically for this release to reflect how I feel about Cracker Barrel and all the good things you can find there… I think it’s important for there to be an authentic connection to the heritage that Cracker Barrel and I share.”

The Cracker Barrel re-release allowed the “Backwoods Barbie” album to re-enter the country album charts at No. 9.

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‘Backwoods Barbie’ Tour

Published May 28, 2008 / Last Updated August 23, 2015
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Team Dolly is a collaboration of writers, editors, and publishers assembled by Dolly Parton Productions. Each member is dedicated to accurately publishing the latest news and historical archives of the living legend that is Dolly Rebecca Parton.

Managing Editor - Jacob Timmons
Creative Director - Sarah Chapman
Senior Editor - Amanda Webb
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Dolly’s 9th headlining tour in support of her 40th studio album, ‘Backwoods Barbie’

On May 28, 2008, Dolly kicked off her ninth headlining tour at the Roxy Theater in Hollywood, California, in support of her 40th studio album “Backwoods Barbie.” After stops across the U.S., Northern Europe, and Canada, the tour concluded Nov. 19, 2008, at the Civic Center of Greater Des Moines in Iowa. In Europe alone, 170,000 fans saw Dolly perform, marking the single most successful leg of any tour in Dolly’s history.

Dolly spoke about her motivations for touring and her mutual love affair with the fans,

“I am addicted to the love and the energy that I receive from the crowd [at my shows],” she said, “but it’s a fair exchange. I love them and give them every ounce of energy that I have as well. So, I guess you could say that we feed off one another.”

Her concerts at London’s O2 Arena were the subject of a PBS Special, CD, and DVD release entitled “Dolly: Live in London O2 Arena” and “Dolly: Live From London,” respectively.

Dolly was forced to delay the tour’s start because of a back injury. The quick-witted Dolly dealt with the elephants in the room with her usual humor,

“The truth is I just bent over one day to pick something up, and I hurt my lower back… I just kind of popped a disk in my lower back. So I said I know it’s not my boobs. It’s my lower back. And my butt ain’t that big anymore. So it was just one of those freak things, and it’s fine now.”

 

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‘American Idol’

Published April 1, 2008 / Last Updated August 23, 2015
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Team Dolly is a collaboration of writers, editors, and publishers assembled by Dolly Parton Productions. Each member is dedicated to accurately publishing the latest news and historical archives of the living legend that is Dolly Rebecca Parton.

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Dolly mentors contestants and performs on ‘American Idol’ Season VII’s Country Week

Dolly was the center of FOX’s “American Idol” Season VII’s Country Week on April 1 and 2, 2008, mentoring, performing, and watching the remaining contestants render covers of several of her classic songs.

Dolly mentored finalists as they prepared to perform her songs on the April 1, episode and returned on the April 2, show to perform her song “Jesus and Gravity” from her 2008 “Backwoods Barbie” CD. She chose not to judge the contestants’ performances of her songs saying,

“I couldn’t go on and criticize somebody else’s singin’.”

The remaining nine “American Idol” contestants performed:

 

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