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

Jenifer Lewis

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.

Managing Editor - Jacob Timmons
Senior Editor - Amanda Webb
Creative Director - Sarah Chapman
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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.

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

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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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”

Jenifer Lewis As Margeline 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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Senior Editor - Amanda Webb
Creative Director - Sarah Chapman
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Jenifer Lewis plays the role of Margeline in the new Netflix holiday special, Christmas on the Square.

Hollywood star Jenifer Lewis delivers a sensational performance as a member of the star-studded cast in Dolly Parton’s new Netflix film, Christmas on the Square. Lewis portrays Margeline, a lovable beauty shop owner from Fullerville. Her larger-than-life role is sure to make an indelible impression as she lights up the screen with luminous joy.

Lewis has enjoyed a long and illustrious career, appearing in many notable movies and television series. Like Dolly, she comes from a small town and a big family. The youngest of seven children, she was born and raised in Kinloch, MO. When asked about her favorite Christmas memories from childhood, Jenifer was transported back to a very special time with her mother, one she says she had almost forgotten. Her inner child lit up as she recalled the tradition. She said,

“Every Christmas morning, I almost forgot this, I got to go with my mother at six in the morning. It was still dark, and I would get to ring the church bell.”

Her zest for life, infectious joy and contagious laughter are some of her many wonderful qualities – on and off screen. In a conversation about fun moments on set, fellow cast member Treat Williams remarks, “Anytime I was on set with Jenifer was a fun moment…Jenifer was our entertainment and our sense of humor!”

After seeing the screening of Christmas on the Square, Lewis shared her reaction to the movie-musical extravaganza.

“I laughed. I cried. It made me think. It made me relax during these quarantine times. And all I could think about was how the world is going to enjoy this, how the world needs this movie now.”

The world does indeed need this movie, and the world also needs more warm, wonderful people like Jenifer Lewis!

Fan Fact

Jenifer Lewis is an AIDS awareness advocate. She has performed in more than 15 AIDS Walks around the country.

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 DollyJenifer Lewis As Margeline In “Dolly Parton’s Christmas On The Square”

Josh Segarra as Pastor Christian Hathaway 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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As a child, Josh Segarra was very involved in church, which made him a natural fit in the role of Pastor Christian Hathaway in Dolly Parton’s Christmas On The Square.

Josh Segarra grew up in Florida and decided to pursue an acting and singing career from an early age. He has had several roles in popular television shows including FBI, Sirens and Arrow. His rugged, Puerto Rican good looks seem to land him in several crime dramas but he doesn’t let that fact overshadow his singing chops. Recently, Josh originated the role of Emilio Estafan in the Broadway hit, On Your Feet. Josh also has soundtrack credits from the 2018 release Overboard, in which he appeared as Jason alongside Eugenio Derbez, Anna Faris and Eva Longoria. Given his resume, it’s no surprise that Josh was a great choice to play Pastor Hathaway in this new holiday musical.

The role of Pastor Hathaway was a good fit for Josh who says faith was, and remains, a big part of his family life. As a child, he began to hone his skills at church as a member of the youth group and choir. During his exclusive Front Porch interview, Josh reflected on his childhood and recalled how much his church life influenced him. He said,

“Sundays, for us, were getting up and going to church and then going to eat. Then hanging out with some of my friends…some of my best friends were from [church].”

Not only was the role a good fit, but the seasoned professional recognized the magnitude of getting to work with the star-studded cast and crew. He was eager to get started on the musical with the iconic Dolly Parton and industry master, Debbie Allen. When specifically asked about director and choreographer Debbie Allen, Josh said,

“Working with Debbie Allen was a master class in understanding what it was to come and bring it!”

The devoted father of two is obviously passionate about sharing the film’s themes of love and community. When asked about his wish for Netflix viewers he said,

“I hope that during this Holiday season, you just take the ones that you love and you hold them near. And we all look at somebody that maybe we don’t know and we take the opportunity to see the love in their life and how they’ve put it to use.”

Fan Fact

As Jason in Overboard, Josh worked alongside Alyvia Alyn Lind and Hannah Nordberg who fans will remember from Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors and Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love. Alyvia played Dolly Parton and Hannah portrayed Dolly’s best friend Judy Ogle.

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 DollyJosh Segarra as Pastor Christian Hathaway In “Dolly Parton’s Christmas On The Square”