Smoky Mountain Christmas Carol
Dec 3 - 29
Emerson Colonial Theatre
Boston • MA
Red Tail Productions and Paul T. Couch announced today the premier of Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountain Christmas Carol (www.smokymountainchristmascarol.com), an all-new musical featuring new music by Dolly Parton and book by David H. Bell, produced by Red Tail Entertainment and Couch and directed by Curt Wollan. The strictly limited engagement will be held at Boston’s Emerson Colonial Theatre from December 3 – 29, 2019.
Tickets start at $39.50 and are on sale to the general public today, Friday, September 6, 2019 at 10am. Tickets may be purchased online at EmersonColonialTheatre.com, by calling 888.616.0272 or by visiting the box office at the Emerson Colonial Theatre at 106 Boylston Street in Boston, Massachusetts. The box office is open Tuesday through Friday at 12pm, Saturday at 10am and closed on Sunday and Monday. Online and phone ticket purchases are subject to standard service fees.
“I’ve been busy writing new songs that I hope will bring some of the warmth, love and good memories that I have of Christmastime in the Smoky Mountains of my youth,” says Dolly Parton.
Eight-time Grammy winner and one of our most beloved storytellers, Dolly Parton (who is not appearing in the production) has re-written a legendary holiday tale as a new American classic in this world premiere musical. Set in the 1930s in the Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee, this incredibly heartwarming and truly unforgettable production imagines Ebenezer Scrooge as the owner of a mining company town, where his callous greed blinds him to the joys and gifts of the season. As a Christmas Eve snowstorm approaches, Scrooge is visited by his deceased business partner and three ghosts who compel him to see life anew and discover that love is the greatest and most precious gift we have. Dickens’s classic characters and Parton’s one-of-a-kind songwriting expertise are certain to make this a holiday event you’ll want to share with those you love… and one you’ll want to experience in Boston first.
“We felt that Dolly Parton’s memories of Christmastime as a child in the Smokies, combined with the wonderful songs that she has written, deserved to be heard,” says David Denson of Red Tail Entertainment. “And Dolly agreed wholeheartedly.”
Throughout her illustrious career, the American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, actress, author, businesswoman, and humanitarian, has been an ambassador for the Great Smoky Mountains where she was born and raised. Her love for this region and its people are woven throughout the music and songs and beautifully tells this classic story in a whole new light.
DOLLY PARTON’S SMOKY MOUNTAIN CHRISTMAS CAROL, A NEW MUSICAL
December 3-29, 2019
Emerson Colonial Theatre
106 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02116
Phone: (888) 616-0272
Show Website: www.smokymountainchristmascarol.com
Adaption by David H. Bell, Paul T. Couch, and Curt Wollan
Book by David H. Bell
Score by Dolly Parton
Directed by Curt Wollan
Produced by Red Tail Entertainment and Paul T. Couch
Dolly Parton’s life and career are a rags-to-rhinestones story. Born the fourth child of 12, Dolly grew up in Locust Ridge, Tennessee, nestled against the Great Smoky Mountains. Her songs have captured the hearts of generations. Her trademark style is recognized around the globe.
Dolly’s prolific writing and recording career span 50-plus years. Her self-penned hits include Jolene, Coat of Many Colors and I Will Always Love You. She holds the Guinness World Record for the Most Decades with a Top 20 hit on Billboard’s Hot Country Chart and for the most hits on Billboard’s Hot Country Chart by a female artist.
Dolly starred in numerous movies for the large and small screen, including the hit movie 9 to 5 which became a hit Broadway musical for which she wrote the music and lyrics.
Dolly is one of an elite group of individuals to receive at least one nomination from all four major annual American entertainment award organizations; Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony. In 2004 she received the U.S. Library of Congress Living Legend award and in 2006, the prestigious Kennedy Center Honors. In 2011, she was awarded a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. She is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Stories from Dolly’s life have been the subject of two NBC movies: Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors and Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Life.
Recently, Dolly’s love and generosity for her Tennessee mountain home was heroically demonstrated in her efforts to help the victims of the 2016 Smoky Mountain wildfires. Her Emmy-winning Smoky Mountains Rise telethon raised $9 million. Her philanthropy also extends to children around the world through her Imagination Library, which inspires a love of reading by providing a book a month to more than one million children age five and under in the U.S., U.K., Canada and Australia.
“My dream was to make as many people happy as I could in this life.”
DAVID H. BELL
(Book and Adaption)
David H. Bell has served as Artistic Director of the Ford’s Theatre in Washington, DC, and Associate Artistic Director to Kenny Leon at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia. He is currently the Artistic Director of the American Music Theatre Project and Director of the Music Theatre Program at Northwestern University. As director, choreographer, or author, David has received 45 of Chicago’s Joseph Jefferson Award nominations (winning 11), five Carbonell nominations (Florida), as well as the Dramalogue Award (LA), the Helen Hayes Award (DC.), and numerous awards in Atlanta. His musical, Hot Mikado (book, additional lyrics) was nominated for the Olivier award (London’s West End). David has written and directed Cowboys and Lawyers (Goodspeed Opera House) and The Good War (Northlight Theatre), both with Craig Carnelia; Fanny Brice (Maltz Jupiter, Asolo Rep); Matador (Coconut Grove Playhouse); The Bowery Boys (Marriott Theatre); Don’t Stop the Carnival (Coconut Grove Playhouse); Hot Mikado (Ford’s Theatre); A Christmas Carol (Pittsburgh CLO, Alliance Theatre); The Theatre of Dreams (Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, England); and Die Schone und das Biest (European Tour). He directed the world premieres of Murder for Two (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre), HERO (Marriott Theatre, and Asolo Rep), Elmer Gantry (Ford’s Theatre), Peggy Sue Got Married (Marriott Theatre), and many others. He has worked on original musicals with Cy Coleman, Dolly Parton, Jimmy Buffett, Herman Wouk, Joe Kinosian, Kellen Blair, Russell Baker, George Stiles, and Daniel Green. David collaborated with Northwestern University and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland presenting a pair of new musicals in 2017 titled ATLANTIC for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and a second pair in 2018 called LEGACY.
Curt Wollan is the Executive Producer and Director of Troupe America Inc., that for forty years ran The Plymouth Playhouse in the Twin City area, premiering such hits as How To Talk Minnesotan, The Musical, The Lovely Liebowitz sisters, and the entire Church Basement Ladies series of musicals. In the summer, he produces and directs the famous Medora Musical in Theodore Roosevelt National Park which in the past year has been featured on NBC Nightly News, The Travel Channel, MSNBC, and received a two page spread in the Sunday New York Times. Curt has produced and directed many National Tours including Steel Magnolias, Driving Miss Daisy, The 1940's Radio Hour, Hank Williams - Lost Highway starring Jason Petty, and Stephen King's Ghost Stories. He has also co-produced three National Tours of Forbidden Broadway, directed M*A*S*H*'s Jamie Farr and William Christopher in the National Tour of The Odd Couple, and directed the National Tours of Moon Over Buffalo starring Gavin MacLeod, The Sunshine Boys starring Dick Van Patten and Frank Gorshin, and Same Time, Next Year, starring Mackenzie Phillips and Adrian Zmed. As a free-lance director, his work has been seen at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium, Theatre Under The Stars in Houston, The Barter Theatre, Kansas City's New Theatre Restaurant, and at Dollywood where he directed several productions with Dolly Parton. Curt is the recipient of the Twin Cities “Kudos” Award for direction of Diamond Studs, Indianapolis’s “Mitty Award” for Best Musical Lost Highway, and Nashville’s Tennessean Award for Best Director of a Musical, “Pump Boys and Dinettes”. AARP’S “50 OVER 50” Award, and Luther College’s Distinguished Service Award.
PAUL T. CROUCH
Paul T. Couch is one of the theme park industry’s most award-winning entertainment producers, having won over 20 Brass Ring Awards and 6 Golden Ticket Awards during his tenure (2003-2014) as Dollywood’s Director of Entertainment and Executive Producer. It was there that Paul and Dolly began their creative partnership that included several major musical productions and a TV special for the Hallmark Channel. Prior to that he was General Manager of Nashville’s famed Ryman Auditorium where he produced the musicals Always, Patsy Cline, Lost Highway: The Music and Legend of Hank Williams, and Bye, Bye, Love—The Everly Brothers Musical, as well as award-winning productions of Pump Boys and Dinettes and Cotton Patch Gospel. More recently, Paul served as Executive Producer for nine tracks of Dolly’s first-ever children’s album, I Believe In You. He currently helms his own Nashville-based production company where he serves as Creative Producer and he also serves as the Executive Director of The Franklin Theatre in Franklin, Tennessee.
EMERSON COLONIAL THEATRE
Emerson Colonial Theatre is an Ambassador Theatre Group venue. In its storied history, the Colonial has debuted such seminal Broadway shows as Anything Goes, Porgy and Bess, Oklahoma!, Born Yesterday, Follies, A Little Night Music, Grand Hotel and La Cage aux Folles, and most recently, the pre-Broadway world premiere of Moulin Rouge! The Musical. The building, which opened in 1900 with a production of Ben-Hur, is the oldest continually operated theatre in Boston, as well as being amongst the most magnificent, having retained most of its original period details. A theatre for the community, Emerson Colonial Theatre will once again contribute to the rich cultural landscape of Boston with a new and varied program of Broadway shows, live music, comedy, events and more. EmersonColonialTheatre.com
RED TAIL ENTERTAINMENT
Focused on producing and presenting only the best in live entertainment in venues across North America and internationally, Red Tail Entertainment began presenting a limited number of concerts in 2013 as 35 Concerts and has grown into a formidable boutique company specializing in all facets of the live entertainment experience -promotion, production, marketing, and general management. Headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, Red Tail has established itself as one of the industry’s Top 100 presenters with sold out engagements for The Beach Boys, Tony Bennet, Harry Connick, Jr., Steve Martin & Martin Short, The Wild Kratts, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Hip Hop Nutcracker, Cirque Dreams, and many more. The company has continued to expand and grow, becoming a leader in producing unique live events using international talent. In addition to Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountain Christmas Carol, the company produces tours of Double Dare Live! With Marc Summers (touring North America in Fall 2019), Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live, which just closed a three month residency at the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington, D.C., Erth’s Prehistoric Aquarium Adventure (currently touring North America), The 420 Experience, a celebration of cannabis culture in music and lasers opening in Loveland, Colo., on April 20, 2020, Scooby-Doo! Live Musical Mysteries, and A Night With Janis Joplin on Broadway. As audiences change and new artists emerge - Red Tail Entertainment will continue to soar. For more information, visit www.redtailentertainment.com.