Connecticut's Goodspeed Musicals has announced its upcoming season of new musicals playing the Terris Theatre, which will include a new Dolly Parton-themed musical from Emmy winner Bruce Vilanch, Gabriel Barre, and Tricia Paoluccio.
Running July 26–August 27, Here You Come Again follows a down-on-his-luck, diehard Dolly Parton fan who gets more than a few lessons from the country music–singing sensation herself. The jukebox score comprises songs made famous by Parton, including "Jolene," "9 to 5," "Islands in the Stream," and more. The work, which will be directed and choreographed at Goodspeed by Barre, had its world premiere at Delaware Theatre Company last year, followed by runs at Texas' Casa Mañana, Florida's Kravis Center, Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, and Tennessee's Studio Tenn.
Parton was working on an autobiographical jukebox musical as recently as 2016. It's unclear how—or if—this project would affect Parton's work, also planned to feature a score of her greatest hits. Parton also wrote a mostly original score for the 2009 stage adaptation of the 1980 film 9 to 5, the famed motion picture that co-starred Parton and featured her smash-hit title song on the soundtrack.
Also in Goodspeed's Terris season is Marshall Pailet's Private Jones, inspired by the true story of a deaf sniper in World War I, running October 13–November 5. Written by and to be directed by Pailet, the production will feature an ensemble of deaf, hearing, and hard-of-hearing actors and a score of Celtic music. Madeline Benson is music directing, with choreography by Misha Shields. Alexandria Wailes (Broadway's for colored girls..., Spring Awakening) will serve as director of artistic sign language.
The theatre's mainstage season includes productions of Gypsy, Summer Stock, and Dreamgirls.