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Dolly Parton On NBC’s “Christmas In Rockefeller Center”

Published November 7, 2016 / Last Updated November 7, 2016
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Dolly Parton will perform on NBC’s annual “Christmas In Rockefeller Center” on Wednesday, Nov. 30 (8-9 p.m. EST).

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NBC’s annual “Christmas In Rockefeller Center” will air on Wednesday, Nov. 30 at 8-9 p.m. followed by the world premiere of “Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love” at 9 p.m. EST.

“Christmas In Rockefeller Center” is a star-studded musical telecast which welcomes the holiday season. Those set to perform include Dolly Parton, Tony Bennett, Neil Diamond, Josh Groban, Tori Kelly, Sarah McLachlan, Jordan Smith, Garth Brooks & Trisha Yearwood, the Radio City Rockettes and more.

NBC’s “Today” anchors Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, Al Roker and Hoda Kotb will host the broadcast from New York City’s Rockefeller Center. The event will also celebrate the lighting of the world’s most famous Christmas tree. The 84th annual tree lighting will feature a 94-foot tall, 56-foot wide Norway spruce from Oneonta, N.Y. It is approximately 90 years old, weighs approximately 14 tons, and will be decorated with more than 50,000 multi-colored LED lights.

Prior to the primetime telecast, an additional live hour of the special will be broadcast on select NBC stations (7-8 p.m. EST). Check local listings.

“Christmas In Rockefeller Center” will be followed by the world premiere of “Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love.” In this all-new special Dolly’s story continues in a heartwarming tale drawn straight from her inspiring childhood memories and music.

For the eighth consecutive year, “Green Is Universal” — NBCUniversal’s sustainability initiative in partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation — will kick off its annual tree-planting campaign during the “Christmas in Rockefeller Center” broadcast. This year viewers can “Share a Tree” to a national forest, by using #ShareATree or visiting GreenIsUniversal.com to create and share an animated holiday story. Each action will contribute to the Arbor Day Foundation’s tree-planting efforts, funded by a $25,000 donation from NBCUniversal.

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“Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors – Circle of Love”

Published September 20, 2016 / Last Updated September 20, 2016
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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
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Dolly Parton appears as The Painted Lady in “Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors – Circle of Love”

This highly-anticipated film is the next installment of the inspiring true story of living legend Dolly Parton’s remarkable upbringing in East Tennessee. “Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors – Circle of Love” will air on NBC on Nov. 30 and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment is bringing it to DVD on Dec. 20, 2016.

DDPCOMCCM_Logoolly makes a special appearance in the film as The Painted Lady, a woman from her childhood who Dolly has attributed her iconic look to for decades. She also introduces the film and serves as narrator.

“Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors – Circle of Love” continues with the story of young Dolly as the Parton Family experiences a true Christmas miracle drawing the Partons closer than ever – with deepened faith and love for one another. The film delivers Christmas joy and peril as an unexpected blizzard threatens the family while Dolly’s father (and his kids) make sacrifices to raise enough money to finally buy his loving wife the wedding ring he could never afford. Meanwhile, an important person in little Dolly’s life begins to see that her amazing voice and musical gift might just be made for something bigger than rural Tennessee.

The family-oriented, faith-based movie stars Jennifer Nettles (Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter and actress), Ricky Schroder (Golden Globe® Award-winner for The Champ, NYPD Blue), Alyvia Alyn Lind (Blended), Kelli Berglund (Lab Rats), Mary Lane Haskell (Coat of Many Colors), Cameron Jones (Shortland Street), Stella Parton (Green Corn), Hannah Nordberg (American Pastoral), Farrah MacKenzie, Parker Sack, Forrest Deal, Dylan Michael Rowen, Blane Crockarell and Gerald McRaney (Major Dad).

Coming To DVD

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment brings home this all-new holiday miracle on DVD on December 20, 2016. The DVD will feature deleted scenes and three brand new featurettes including behind-the-scenes interviews.

DVD SPECIAL FEATURES:

  • 3 Featurettes:
    • Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: A Story of Love, Sacrifice and Giving
    • Tiny Tasseltop
    • 1955: A Snapshot in Time
  • Deleted Scenes

Credits

“Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors – Circle of Love” is executive produced by Dolly Parton, Sam Haskell and Pamela K. Long. Written by Long, the film was directed by Stephen Herek. Hudson Hickman served as line producer and Velton Ray Bunch and Mark Leggett composed the musical score. The film is a production of Magnolia Hill Productions and DP Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.

“Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors”

The 2015 critically acclaimed film, “Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors” was awarded the Epiphany Prize for Inspiring Television from The Movieguide® Awards, the ACM® Tex Ritter Award and the coveted Christopher Award.

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Penguin To Publish “Coat of Many Colors” With All-New Illustrations

Published June 10, 2016 / Last Updated June 15, 2016
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Penguin Young Readers will publish Dolly Parton’s children’s book “Coat of Many Colors” with all-new illustrations by Brooke Boynton-Hughes.

Dolly Parton will publish “Coat of Many Colors,” a picture book for young readers, with Grosset & Dunlap, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers, on October 18, 2016. The book, with all-new illustrations by Brooke Boynton Hughes, will feature “Making Fun Ain’t Funny,” a downloadable exclusive original song written by Dolly.

Using lyrics from her classic song “Coat of Many Colors,” and inspired by Dolly’s rural upbringing in the Great Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee, the picture book tells the story of a young girl in need of a warm winter coat. When her mother sews her a coat made of rags, the girl is mocked by classmates for being poor. But Dolly’s trademark positivity carries through to the end as the girl realizes that her coat was made with love “in every stitch.”

Francesco Sedita, President and Publisher, Grosset & Dunlap, said,

“As someone who grew up listening to Dolly Parton with my family, having this very special opportunity to work on the ‘Coat of Many Colors’ picture book has been a lifelong dream come true. The book—and the song, of course—really speaks to how important family and community is. And how vital it is to respect those around us and to be grateful for what we have. I believe this book is one that will be passed down for generations to come.”

Coat of Many Colors is the latest project in Dolly’s longtime mission to foster a love of reading in children from a young age. In 1988, she began the Dollywood Foundation to inspire children in her home community to dream more, learn more, care more, and be more. The Foundation’s signature program, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, works with local affiliates to give every preschool child a book each month from birth to age five. The Imagination Library has gifted over 80 million books in Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States. The program has enjoyed a long-standing partnership with Penguin Random House.

Following the publication of the book, NBC will air the sequel to last year’s hit television movie “Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors.” In “Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love,” the Partons, a family of humble means living in the mountains of Tennessee, face a devastating event that challenges their will. But when they experience a bewildering Christmas miracle, the Partons are drawn closer together than ever—with deepened faith and love for one another.

This summer, Dolly will embark on her “Pure & Simple” tour traveling to 60 cities across North America. The tour includes a stop in Pigeon Forge, TN on Nov. 15 benefiting Dolly’s Imagination Library.

Brooke Boynton Hughes is an artist and illustrator originally from Loveland, Colorado. She received her BFA in Printmaking from Colorado State University and her MFA in Figurative Art from the New York Academy of Art. Brooke works on children’s books and travels around the country with her husband, Bill, and their dog, Olive.

Penguin Random House is the world’s most global trade book publisher. Its publishing lists include more than 70 Nobel Prize laureates and hundreds of the world’s most widely read authors.

Learn more about Dolly’s second children’s book “I Am a Rainbow.”

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Holiday Sequel “Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love”

Published May 24, 2016 / Last Updated November 3, 2016
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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
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“Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love” is the 2016 holiday sequel continuing the heartwarming story of Dolly’s young life featuring the original cast.

Update (Nov. 3, 2016): Dollywood will host the Hollywood Premiere of “Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love” on Nov. 22, 2016.

“Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love” airs on NBC on Nov. 30 at 9/8c.

Coming off the phenomenal performance of last year’s holiday special and looking to recapture the enthusiasm of the nearly 16 million viewers who tuned in, NBC is announcing the sequel “Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love.”

“Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love” is the next chapter in the life of young Dolly Parton. The film delivers Christmas joy and peril as an unexpected blizzard threatens the Parton family while at the same time Dolly’s father (and his kids) make sacrifices to raise enough money to finally buy his loving wife the wedding ring he could never afford to give her. Meanwhile, an important person in little Dolly’s life begins to see that her amazing voice and musical gift might just be made for something bigger than rural Tennessee.

The original cast will return for the sequel: Jennifer Nettles as Avie Lee Parton, Ricky Schroder as Robert Lee Parton, Gerald McRaney as Rev. Jake Owens and Alyvia Alyn Lind as young Dolly Parton. Other members of the cast, as well as a premiere date, will be announced in the coming months. Dolly said,

“I was so overwhelmed and touched by how many people watched ‘Coat of Many Colors’ and their reaction to it. The song ‘Coat of Many Colors,’ of course, has always been my favorite and has touched so many people through the years, especially me. It is a true story from a very special time in my childhood. I am so happy to share this story with the viewers and to say there is so much more to tell because mine truly has been a life of many colors. I hope the viewers will fall in love all over again.”

Stephen Herek, who directed the original film, is also back to direct the sequel. Robert Greenblatt, Chairman, NBC Entertainment said,

“It’s no secret that everyone loves Dolly Parton and the response to our first movie was overwhelming, both in terms of the size of the audience and outpouring of love for a film with family values and faith. So it felt like a no-brainer to bring this talented cast back together and tell another compelling holiday story culled from Dolly’s own life growing up in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. Her spirit and belief in God — and her music — will infuse this movie with the true spirit of Dolly Parton.”

“Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love” is written by Pamela K. Long. She executive produces with Sam Haskell and Dolly Parton. The film is a production of Magnolia Hill Entertainment and Dixie Pixie Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.

Dolly Parton’s Coat Of Many Colors” premiered on NBC on Dec. 10, 2015, and drew a record-breaking audience of nearly 16 million viewers making it the most-watched movie on broadcast television in six years. It became available on DVD on May 3, 2016.

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67th Annual Christopher Awards to Honor Dolly Parton

Published April 26, 2016 / Last Updated April 30, 2016
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Dolly Parton is among the honorees at this year’s Christopher Awards along with actor Sylvester Stallone, comedian Jim Gaffigan and more.

Set for May 19 in New York City, the 67th Annual Christopher Awards will honor “Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors” and 20 additional feature films, TV/Cable programs and books for adults and young people. The Christopher Awards were created in 1949 to celebrate writers, producers, directors, authors and illustrators whose work “affirms the highest values of the human spirit.” The Christophers’ Director of Communications, Tony Rossi, said,

“The world around us can seem like a dark place in light of all the violence and hatred we hear about in the news. But the stories we honor with Christopher Awards remind us that we can shine a light that illuminates the darkness by choosing to practice faith, love, compassion, courage, teamwork and determination.”

Dolly will be honored for her record-breaking NBC film, “Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors.” Dolly said,

“I love the Christopher Award slogan, ‘Better to light one candle than to curse the darkness.’ I personally believe that with all my heart. I think the movie, ‘Coat of Many Colors,’ a true story from my childhood, does throw a light on a lot of things like family, hope, love, kindness, understanding and acceptance. It really spoke to the issue of bullying. I am very proud at how God works through me to shine a light, and to help heal a lot of hurt in a lot of people, and I am very proud of this award.”

Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors” attracted 16 million viewers making it one of the most-watched television movies of all time. In addition to the Christopher Award honors, the film earned the Epiphany Prize for the Most Inspiring TV Program from the Movieguide® Awards.

“The Jim Gaffigan Show: My Friend the Priest” will be honored in the same TV/Cable category as Dolly’s film. Her former co-star, Sylvester Stallone, will receive honors in the Feature Film category for “Creed.”

Read more about the Christopher Awards.

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