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Dolly Parton’s ‘Dollywood Celebrates Turning 30!

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Every season brings a completely new experience for Dolly Parton‘s Dollywood guests, and the park’s 30th anniversary celebration provides six spectacular festivals and a number of surprises to delight visitors in 2015. From amazing stage shows and award-winning roller coasters to a nightly summer fireworks display and the seven-time winner for Best Christmas Event, guests can enjoy seasons of fun at Dollywood!

For the first time in a decade, the Showcase of Stars brings some of the biggest names in entertainment to Dollywood. Dolly Parton, whose last benefit concert at Dollywood was in 2005, kicks off the series with four concerts Aug. 8-9 at D.P.’s Celebrity Theater, a venue which provides the perfect atmosphere for fans to enjoy this stellar concert schedule. Performers include Parton herself, as well as a few special friends. Showcase of Stars takes place in August and September.

Dollywood welcomes the world during the 15th anniversary of Festival of Nations (March 21- April 20). Featuring the traditional music, dance, food and art of countries from around the globe, Festival of Nations is a fascinating celebration which reminds guests of shared similarities while embracing unique, time-honored traditions. Many favorite acts from the festival’s colorful history return to mark this special anniversary. Rhythm of the Dance, a Celtic music and dance spectacular, celebrates Ireland with a high-energy show featuring authentic instrumentalists, vocalists and dancers. New this year is Timber!, a colorful, energetic show which displays epic feats of agility and strength mixed with a traditional French-Canadian soundtrack. Other acts include Argentina’s Los Pampas Gauchos, the Mariachi Divas from Mexico, Zebra Stelzentheater’s German stilt dancers, various roaming musicians and much more. Guests can escape around the world without leaving the heart of the Smokies.

Dollywood’s Barbeque & Bluegrass (May 23- June 7) launches the unofficial start of summer on Memorial Day weekend and combines the tastiest barbeque in the South with the biggest names in bluegrass, including The Earls of Leicester, Del McCoury Band, Balsam Range, Rhonda Vincent and Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen. This year’s festival features Dollywood’s best bluegrass lineup ever with a multitude of free daily concerts from an impressive collection of International Bluegrass Music Association award winners. This annual tradition wouldn’t be complete without pounds of saucy pulled pork, barbequed chicken and ribs by the slab. Aspiring chefs will enjoy cooking demonstrations by championship-winning barbeque experts from across the country. This family-favorite event is music to the ears… and a treat for the taste buds.

Dollywood’s Great American Summer (June 13-Aug. 2) provides families even more of what they already love—time together at Dollywood. This summertime celebration features extended park hours, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, giving families a unique chance to ride Dollywood’s world-class attractions like Wild Eagle and FireChaser Express all day and well into the night! The park’s festive nightly fireworks show, Dolly’s Nights of Many Colors, has been reimagined to feature new music and interactive elements to celebrate Dollywood’s 30th anniversary. Each evening a high-spirited dance party entertains guests in Wilderness Pass with a fun-filled, 15-minute party designed to get every member of the family on their feet prior to the fireworks extravaganza!

Dollywood’s Rock the Smokies (Sept. 5) features inspiring contemporary Christian music on stages throughout the park for an incredible time of praise and worship. Third Day and For King & Country highlight this day-long celebration. With a powerful combination of thrilling attractions and dynamic music, Dollywood provides the perfect location for this amazing Labor Day weekend event. Area student ministries should plan to cap off the summer with this energizing event which is sure to become a hit.

Dollywood’s National Southern Gospel & Harvest Celebration presented by Humana (Oct. 2- Oct. 31) provides the perfect setting for fall in the Smokies. Featuring a lineup which includes some of the biggest names in Southern gospel music, the soul-stirring sounds of beautiful harmonies ring through the crisp autumn air as free daily concerts take place on the park’s various stages. Visiting artisans from across the country share their talents through an array of handmade wares, spanning from functional to decorative. Each day is a picture-perfect opportunity to enjoy the traditional experiences of a Smoky Mountain harvest!

A seven-time winner of America’s Best Christmas Event, Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas presented by Humana (Nov. 7- Jan. 2, 2016) features four million holiday lights and spectacular holiday performances, including Dollywood’s A Christmas Carol, which features a hologram version of Dolly Parton as the Ghost of Christmas Past. Guests also can experience the fun and excitement of Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer and his friends who return after their overwhelmingly-popular debut appearance in 2014. From the award-winning shows and elaborate holiday decorations to the twinkling lights and Christmas-themed menus, Dollywood captures the essence of a Smoky Mountain Christmas.

For detailed schedules and festival entertainment lineups, please visit www.dollywood.com.

Dolly Parton Signs Development Deal with NBC

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NBC has signed a development deal with Dolly Parton, one of the most honored female country musicians of all time and an American icon.

“I am so excited to be involved with my friend Bob Greenblatt, who produced the Broadway version of ‘9 to 5: The Musical’ with me, and my longtime friend and former agent Sam Haskell. We want to create projects for NBC that are both fun and inspirational with a family audience in mind,” said Dolly Parton.

In conjunction with production partner Sam Haskell of Magnolia Hill Entertainment and Warner Bros. Television, NBC will develop a slate of two-hour TV movies based on the songs, stories, and inspiring life of Dolly Parton. This extraordinarily prolific country music artist and movie star will produce these projects that are meant to appeal to an inclusive family audience.

“I don’t know anyone in the world who doesn’t love Dolly Parton, and the idea of developing television movies inspired by her incredible life and the stories she has sung about for decades is exciting to all of us at NBC,” said Robert Greenblatt, Chairman, NBC Entertainment.” I hope we will create some uplifting movies that the entire family can enjoy together, a genre of programming that still seems largely untapped on television.”

Added Jennifer Salke, President, NBC Entertainment: “We all feel so lucky to be in business with Dolly. We’re so excited about working with her to infuse these movies with her incredible work ethic and that genuine hopefulness and positive outlook that has been her trademark for years. And you can bet there will be a lot of her music in them too.”

Over the past 40 years, Parton has 41 albums that have reached the top 10 in the country charts – the most for any artist – as well as 25 albums have either been certified gold, platinum or multi-platinum. In addition, 110 singles have reached the country charts. She has won 10 Grammy Awards, 10 Country Music Assn. Awards and 7 Academy of Country Music Awards. In fact, Parton has been nominated for 46 Grammys as both she and Beyonce are the most Grammy-nominated women of all time.

She was twice nominated for an Oscar for her original songs “9 to 5″ and “Travelin’ Thru,” for the film “Transamerica.” As an actress, Parton was nominated for three Golden Globes (two for “9 to 5,” one for “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas”) and won two People’s Choice Awards.

Dolly Parton Scores Platinum Album in UK

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As 2014 draws to a close, Dolly Parton is far from resting on her laurels, and shows no signs of slowing down. The songstress continues to make history, with a record-setting tour overseas, and also raises the bar from a sales standpoint with yet another platinum selling album in a career that has already seen worldwide sales of over one hundred million records, and shows no sign of slowing down anytime soon.

“I was so happy when Blue Smoke went Silver, so excited when it went Gold and now I’m over the moon to hear that we have gone Platinum,” says Parton. “Thanks to the fans and to everybody who made this happen.”

Once again, the Country Music Hall of Fame member proved her timeless quality as a recording artist once again with the Platinum-selling success of her CD Blue Smoke….The Best Of, a collection that includes her most recent studio album as well as a compilation that includes many of her most memorable hits, such as “Love Is Like A Butterfly,”  “Here You Come Again,” and her biggest hit as a solo artist, 1980’s “9 To 5.” But, Dolly’s success with the album was not entirely tied to those past glories. Blue Smoke….The Best Of earned a pair of Top-30 airplay hits for Parton in the UK with ‘Try” and “Home,” as well as her cover of Bon Jovi’s “Lay Your Hands On Me” and the title cut, which also made the Top-40 airplay.

“Dolly’s hard work ethic has once again paid off achieving platinum sales in 2014 with Blue Smoke…The Best Of,” says Danny Nozell, CEO CTK Management.  “I am very blessed to be working for a true Icon who lives up to her name. Dolly dominated 2014 with many milestones and charting history. Thanks to our partner Sony Masterworks, Sony UK, and all of Sony worldwide. We make a great team!”

Parton’s success overseas continued with a recent nomination for International Artist of the Year at the BBC Music Awards 2014. The nomination capped off a year in which Parton – after five decades in the business – scored one of her biggest and most heralded performances ever.

The singer brought her show to Glastonbury, where an estimated 180,000 came to watch her perform – her largest audience ever. Her set prompted The Guardian to say “Parton rewarded Glastonbury with a performance that surely calls for a redefinition of the word “crowd-pleaser.” The concert also aired on television, attracting the festival’s largest ever TV audience. Parton also was in the news constantly with appearances all over the tube in the UK, a Twitter campaign to “Get Dolly On Grimmy” (a reference to Nick Grimshaw’s Radio One morning show), and as well as through the story of “Dolly The Dog,” a fluffy white Lurcher who was separated from her owners following Parton’s Glastonbury performance last month. She volunteered to take the dog back to America with her, but the owners came forward to reclaim their lost pet.

The success of Blue Smoke…The Best Of gives Parton the distinction of having the biggest album from an International female so far this year.

Since moving to Nashville in the spring of 1964, Parton has created one of the biggest success stories in entertainment history, with hits on country and pop radio, Gold and Platinum singles and albums the world over, membership into The Grand Ole Opry (1969), the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame (1986), and the Country Music Hall Of Fame (1999). She was won seven Grammy Awards, nine CMA Awards, including the Entertainer of the Year prize from the organization in 1977, and seven awards from the Academy of Country Music. She has also enjoyed success on television, on the big screen, and as an author, with the Best-selling autobiography My Life and Other Unfinished Business.

For more information on Dolly Parton please visit:
www.dollypartonentertainment.com

Will Kristin Chenoweth Play Dolly Parton on Broadway?

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The immensely talented and utterly charming Tony Award winning singer-actress Kristin Chenoweth sat down with Larry King on the Emmy nominated series “Larry King Now” to talk about her new album ‘Coming Home’, the prospect of returning to “Glee”, being a “Jesus freak” and the possibility of playing Dolly Parton on Broadway.

Broadway star Kristin dished to Larry about introducing the “Glee” cast to old musicals, and Chris Colfer’s priceless reaction to meeting her,

“I can remember Chris Colfer saying, ‘This is like working with Jesus!'” Kristin also told Larry she’d love to play the queen of country, Dolly Parton, “When she very first met me, she said, ‘You could play me!’ and I thought, ‘I could play you!'” (interview below)

Kristin also talked about who she’d play in the ‘Wicked’ movie — and who she wouldn’t,

“I would love to be in it somehow, just not one of the midgets.” She also dished on getting fired from an early job for her support of LGBT rights, “They asked me to step down, and I said, ‘Well, you’ll have to go ahead and fire me,’ and they said, ‘We’d really like for you to just step down.’ I said, ‘No, that’s okay. You can just go ahead and fire me.'”

The beautiful Kristin wrapped up her interview by giving Larry a taste of her ‘Wicked’ talent and serenaded him with ‘For Good’ on the set of “Larry King Now”.

The episode is now LIVE on Ora.tv and Hulu.com

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