Play pays tribute to Dolly Parton with messages of faith and positivity: ‘There is always hope’


Posted: September 29, 2022

Photo from Dolly Parton’s Instagram

Play pays tribute to Dolly Parton with messages of faith and positivity: ‘There is always hope’

By Movieguide® Contributor

Dolly Parton takes the stage in a new play – but it might be a little different than you expect.

Broadway star Tricia Paoluccio, her husband and director Gabriel Barre and their writer friend Bruce Vilanch have teamed up to write “Here You Come Again,” which is currently playing at the Delaware Theater ahead of its national tour.

The play tells the story of an unemployed comedian who has to quarantine at his parents’ house during the COVID-19 pandemic. Parton’s music kept her spirits up, and one day one of her posters of the country star came to life.

Paoluccio plays Parton, a role she has trained her whole life, doing impressions of the singer for family and friends.

“It was something as an actor that I did for the fun of making people smile or laugh because I could always get into Dolly Parton, and it made people laugh,” she said. Explain.

The actress sees Parton as the perfect role model for anyone in trouble.

“His message is always one of ‘trust, trust, everything will be fine, you have it in you, you can do it,'” Paoluccio shared. “He is the most positive and optimistic person.”

Before performing the show in front of an audience, the trio had to obtain Parton’s permission to use his music. Not only did the singer give them universal rights to her music catalog, but she also allowed Paoluccio to perform as Parton for the rest of his career.

“I fell to my knees and cried,” the actress marveled. “I was so incredibly grateful, I cry when I tell this story, because can you imagine your childhood idol that you grew up loving and singing? I’ve been singing his music all my life, I know every vibrato, riff, scratch, I have them all memorized.

So what does Paoluccio hope audiences take away from the show?

“I think the message of our show is that no matter what’s going on in your life, no matter what losses you seem to be going through or how much grief you’re going through, there’s always hope. Just be patient, humble yourself, everything will be fine,” she concluded.

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