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“Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square” Wins Two Emmy Awards

Published September 14, 2021 / Last Updated September 16, 2021
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Dolly Parton’s Netflix special “Christmas on the Square” wins two Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Television Movie and Best Choreography

Congratulations are in order for Dolly Parton, who won her first Emmy Award during the 2021 Creative Arts Emmy Awards ceremony on Sunday, September 12.

Dolly won as an executive producer of her Netflix holiday musical, “Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square,” while the film’s choreographer Debbie Allen also took home an Emmy for Best Choreography. In a conversation with Deadline, Dolly said:

“Who knew that when we were creating this movie, that it would be aired in the middle of the pandemic, and it would bring so much joy and so much hope to millions of people around the world? I think that was one of greatest gifts that we gave and didn’t even know quite when we were doing it that we were going to help uplift the world.”

Dolly’s tremendous success places her in a rare group of fewer than 100 people who have received nominations for an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony Award. With this Emmy win under her belt, now she is one step closer to joining the ranks of only 16 people who have won all four awards.

Emmy Winner, Oustanding Television Movie

 

“Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square” is only the second holiday movie ever to win the Emmy for Outstanding Television Movie. Featuring 14 original Dolly songs, the musical’s stellar cast includes Dolly Parton, Christine Baranski, Treat Williams and Jenifer Lewis.

When a cold-hearted, wealthy woman returns to her hometown following her father’s passing, she is on a mission to force all of her father’s tenants out of their homes in order to close a real estate deal with a mall developer. Instead, she finds herself reconnecting with people from her past and having an unexpected encounter with an angel, played by none other than Dolly herself, leading to a story of redemption.

Emmy Winner, Best Choreography

 

“Christmas on the Square” really came to life when Debbie Allen accepted the roles of director and choreographer. The multi-award-winning actress, dancer, choreographer, singer/songwriter, director and producer has enjoyed a show-stopping career, encompassing everything from Broadway to a hit television series to the silver screen. After 20 Emmy Nominations, the award for Best Choreography on “Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square” marks her fifth win.

Watch “Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square,” Available on Netflix

Watch Dolly’s Emmy Award-winning holiday musical “Christmas on the Square,” available to stream on Netflix!

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Dolly Parton Celebrates Christmas in July With Two Emmy Nominations for “Christmas on the Square”

Published July 21, 2021 / Last Updated July 23, 2021
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Join us for a Christmas in July celebration as we look back on the “Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square” cast interviews

Christmas has come early for Dolly Parton! The recent announcement of the 2021 Emmy Nominations brought news that Dolly’s Netflix Christmas musical, “Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square,” has been nominated in two categories: Outstanding Television Movie and Outstanding Choreography for Scripted Programming. Dolly said:

“Well Christmas sure came early this year! I’m thrilled about our two Emmy nominations for ‘Christmas on the Square.’ Thank you to Netflix and everyone who dreamed along with me to help make it possible.”

Come celebrate Christmas in July on Dolly’s Front Porch as we watch interviews with the cast and team behind her festive Emmy-Nominated Christmas special.

“Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square” nominated for Outstanding Television Movie

 

With so much iconic talent involved in the film, it’s no wonder that “Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square” received an Emmy Nomination for Outstanding Television Movie. Starring Dolly Parton, Christine Baranski, Jenifer Lewis, Treat Williams, and directed and choreographed by three-time Emmy and Golden Globe winner Debbie Allen, “Christmas on the Square” features 14 original Dolly songs in what has now become a hit holiday classic.

Exclusive interview with actress Christine Baranski

 

Award-winning actress, Christine Baranski, plays the leading role of Regina Fuller in “Christmas on the Square.” A Tony and Emmy award-winning actress, singer and producer, Baranski has an incredibly busy work schedule, but she jumped at the chance to collaborate with Dolly in a holiday musical.

Her character, Regina Fuller, is a cold-hearted, wealthy woman who returns to her hometown of Fullerville after her father passes away. She is on a mission to force all of her father’s tenants out of their homes, so she can close a real estate deal with a mall developer. Instead, she finds herself reconnecting with people from her past and having an unexpected encounter with an angel, played by none other than Dolly herself, giving Regina an opportunity to have a change of heart.

The story of redemption in “Christmas on the Square” serves as a beautiful reminder that the most valuable gifts we can give are treasures that money cannot buy. It’s a message of hope that renews our faith in the human spirit and affirms the fact that change for the better always begins in the heart.

Exclusive interview with actress Jenifer Lewis

 

Hollywood star Jenifer Lewis delivers a sensational performance in the role of Margeline, a lovable beauty shop owner from Fullerville. Lewis has enjoyed a long and illustrious career, appearing in many notable movies and television series. And, like Dolly, she comes from a small town and a big family. Her larger-than-life role makes an indelible impression in the film as she lights up the screen with luminous joy.

Exclusive interview with actor Treat Williams

 

The enormously talented actor, Treat Williams, has a rich and diverse resume. Having over 120 credits in film, stage and television, Williams was the perfect fit for the role of Carl Pellam, an antique store owner and caretaker of the town’s history.

Williams was a natural for this part, especially considering the fact that his mother owned and operated an antique store for many years. He understands on a deep level the connection between an object and someone you dearly love and brings this understanding to his portrayal of Carl Pellam in the film.

Debbie Allen’s talents earn Outstanding Choreography for Scripted Programming nomination

 

“Christmas on the Square” really came to life when Debbie Allen accepted the roles of director and choreographer. The multi award-winning actress, dancer, choreographer, singer/songwriter, director and producer has enjoyed a show-stopping career, encompassing everything from Broadway to a hit television series to the silver screen.

The energetic icon brought to the set her incredible ability to marry movement and music. Her innovative giftings, combined with Dolly’s innate way of crafting lyrics and melodies, created an endearing result of Christmas magic. Dolly composed all 14 songs that are featured in the Emmy-nominated musical. Together, these two talented women brought the heartwarming holiday story to life.

Watch “Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square,” Available on Netflix

Celebrate Christmas in July by watching Dolly’s Emmy-nominated holiday musical “Christmas on the Square,” available to stream on Netflix!

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Watch Exclusive Christmas On The Square Interviews

Published November 20, 2020 / Last Updated November 21, 2020
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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Exclusive Christmas on the Square interviews, word-play, bonus videos and more on Dolly’s Front Porch

Starring Dolly Parton, Christine Baranski, Jenifer Lewis, Treat Williams and directed and choreographed by three-time Emmy and Golden Globe winner Debbie Allen, Christmas on the Square features 14 original Dolly songs in what is sure to become a new holiday classic.

In these one-on-one interviews from The Front Porch, the cast and crew share special memories from on and off the set. Director and Choreographer Debbie Allen was overjoyed to slip back into her musical theater shoes. Christine Baranski welcomed the role of yet another “Christmas Scrooge” as long as it was opposite an angel played by Dolly Parton. And Jenifer Lewis hopes this film will fill everyone’s hearts with some Christmas joy during a time when we may need it most. Everyone has a “Dolly Story” and within these interviews, this loveable cast shares how they forged lasting friendships while making the film.

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Debbie Allen

Christine Baranski

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Treat Williams

Josh Segarra

Jeanine Mason

Mary Lane Haskell

Matthew Johnson

Sam Haskell is the founder of Magnolia Hill Productions. Partnering with Dolly Parton, Magnolia Hill produced Christmas on the Square and Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings for Netflix. He also produced two television movies for NBC, Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors and Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love. Coat of Many Colors drew more than 16 million live viewers making it the most viewed film on broadcast TV in over six years. Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love garnered 14.5 million live viewers and received an Emmy Nomination

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“Dolly Parton’s Christmas On The Square” Director & Choreographer Debbie Allen

Published November 20, 2020 / Last Updated November 20, 2020
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 Parton’s Netflix Christmas special, Christmas on the Square, was brought to life when Debbie Allen accepted the role as director and choreographer of the new musical.

Debbie Allen danced her way onto the American musical theatre scene at an early age. She has enjoyed a show-stopping career, encompassing everything from Broadway to a hit television series to the silver screen. The multi award-winning actress, dancer, choreographer, singer/songwriter, director and producer has now brought her expertise as both a director and choreographer to Dolly Parton’s brand new Netflix Christmas musical, Christmas on the Square.

“I felt really blessed to get back in my musical theatre shoes,” Allen shares.

The energetic icon brought to the set her incredible ability to marry movement and music. Her innovative giftings, combined with Dolly’s innate way of crafting lyrics and melodies, created an endearing result of Christmas magic. Parton composed all 14 of the songs that are featured in the new musical, and together these two talented women brought the heartwarming holiday story to life.

2020 has been a year of uncertainty for people across the globe, and this new Netflix special brings much-needed tidings of hope. When asked what message she would like to share with the world, Allen referenced the overarching theme in Christmas On The Square.

“The story is about a community that is dealing with a crisis, but at the end of the day…they come together with one voice, and there is forgiveness. Forgiveness is something that we have to remember is very important. It’s very important for people to give, but it’s more important for people to forgive…this is what the world needs for the holiday season and for their souls.”

We’re so thrilled the incredible Debbie Allen put her musical theatre shoes back on for this movie, and there’s no tip-toeing around the fact that her creative genius will allow this movie to dance its way right into your heart.

Fan Fact

Debbie Allen opened the Debbie Allen Dance Academy in Los Angeles in 2001. She currently holds classes for dancers of all ages and is credited for teaching choreography to dancer-turned-singer, Paula Abdul.

Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square

Seasonal cheer comes to a screeching halt when a cold-hearted woman tries to sell her hometown’s land. Can music, magic and memories change her mind? Find out in Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square coming to Netflix on November 22, 2020. Starring Dolly Parton, Christine Baranski, Treat Williams and Jenifer Lewis, this new holiday musical features 14 original Dolly songs. It’s sure to become a holiday hit for years to come.

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Christine Baranski As Regina Fuller In “Dolly Parton’s Christmas On The Square”

Published November 20, 2020 / Last Updated December 1, 2020
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
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Multi-award winning actress, Christine Baranski, plays the leading role of Regina Fuller in Christmas on the Square.

Tony and Emmy award-winning actress, singer and producer, Christine Baranski, has an incredibly busy work schedule, but she jumped at the chance to collaborate with Dolly Parton in her new Netflix Christmas special. Baranski
reveals,

“People asked me how I came to the project, and I said, ‘Two words—Dolly Parton.’ …I just thought I would so love to get to know Dolly Parton as a human being, as a woman.”

A veteran of both stage and screen, Baranski has played a wide array of characters throughout her career. She currently stars as Diane Lockhart in the hit television series The Good Fight. Notorious for being cast in Christmas movies as the not-so-nice modern-day Scrooge type, her part in Christmas on the Square is certainly reminiscent of those characters.

When asked about her lead role in the new Netflix special, she explains,

“It’s a little daunting that I had to play the role, because she is so darn mean. I seem to only play meanies in Christmas movies.”

Her character, Regina Fuller, is a cold-hearted, wealthy woman who returns to her hometown of Fullerville after her father passes away. She is on a mission to force all of her father’s tenants out of their homes, so she can close a real estate deal with a mall developer. Instead, she finds herself reconnecting with people from her past and having an unexpected encounter with an angel (played by none other than Dolly herself), giving her an opportunity to have a change of heart.

“She comes across mean, but she really just feels she’s doing the right thing,” Baranski shares. “It’s really a wonderful human journey, and I think we like seeing characters like that. We like seeing people who are redeemed in the end.”

The story of redemption in Christmas on the Square serves as a beautiful reminder that the most valuable gifts we can give are treasures that money cannot buy. It’s a message of hope that renews our faith in the human spirit and affirms the fact that change for the better always begins in the heart.

Fan Fact

Christine Baranski has a great love of music. Among her favorites are baroque and classical, and she says there is nothing better than Motown!

Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square

Seasonal cheer comes to a screeching halt when a cold-hearted woman tries to sell her hometown’s land. Can music, magic and memories change her mind? Find out in Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square coming to Netflix on November 22, 2020. Starring Dolly Parton, Christine Baranski, Treat Williams and Jenifer Lewis, this new holiday musical features 14 original Dolly songs. It’s sure to become a holiday hit for years to come.

Team DollyChristine Baranski As Regina Fuller In “Dolly Parton’s Christmas On The Square”