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Dolly Parton ‘Better Day’ UK tour 2011

July 3, 2011

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Country music legend Dolly Parton – awarded a Lifetime Achievement award at this year’s Grammys – will be in the UK in August and September as part of her Better Day World Tour. The 10-date tour will coincide with the UK release of her new album, Better Day, which features 12 new songs.

   “I had a great time when we were in Europe on the last Backwoods Barbie tour in 2008 and I expect to have even more fun on the up and coming Better Day Tour,” said Dolly, who turned 65 in January. “I’m really looking forward to it, so get ready ‘cos here I come again!” 


August 20 – Glasgow, SECC
August 22 – Nottingham, Capital FM Arena
August 31 – Liverpool, Echo Arena
September 2 – Birmingham, LG Arena
September 3 – Cardiff, CIA Arena
September 6 – Bournemouth International Centre (BIC)

September 7 – London, O2 Arena
September 10 – Newcastle, Metro Radio Arena
September 11 – Manchester, Evening News Arena
September 12 – Sheffield, Motorpoint Arena.

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Barry Manilow revives greatest songs of the Eighties on new album

October 16, 2008

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He’s done the Fifties, Sixties and Seventies, now Barry Manilow is set to give us his take on a dozen classic songs from the 1980s with his latest album, The Greatest Songs Of The Eighties, which is released on November 25, 2008.


Working with longtime mentor and collaborator Clive Davis, 65-year-old Manilow sets out to whisk us back to the decade of legwarmers, fad diets, shoulder pads and conspicuous consumption as he tackles hits such as Rick Astley’s ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’ from 1987, Stevie Wonder’s 1984 hit ‘I Just Called To Say I Love You’, Wham’s ‘Careless Whisper’ from 1983, and ‘Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now)’ – a hit for Phil Collins in 1984.


Manilow also duets with Reba McEntire on ‘Islands in the Stream’ – a huge hit for Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton in 1983.


Manilow’s best-selling series of tribute albums includes The Greatest Songs Of The Fifties (released in January 2006) which became his first Number One album since the double-LP Barry Manilow Live in 1977. This was followed by The Greatest Songs Of The Sixties (October 2006) and TheGreatest Songs Of The Seventies (September 2007). The three albums have already sold more than two million copies in the United States alone.


The Greatest Songs Of The Eighties marks the fourth collaboration between Barry Manilow and music mogul Clive Davis who was a perennial collaborator with Manilow on virtually all of his early recordings. They first worked together on ‘Mandy’, Manilow’s debut Number One single in 1974.


“No one can reinvent the great classics better than Barry Manilow,” said Davis. “He breathes new life and vitality into these truly wonderful songs and they sound fresh and time­less.”


The tracklisting is expected to include:


‘Islands in the Stream’ (with Reba McEntire)
’Open Arms’
’Never Gonna Give You Up’
’Have I Told You Lately’
’I Just Called to Say I Love You’
’Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now)’
’Careless Whisper’
’Right Here Waiting’
’Arthur’s Theme (The Best That You Can Do)’
’Hard to Say I’m Sorry’
’Time After Time’
’I’ve Had the Time of My Life’

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Dolly Parton to write film and musical about her life as ‘Backwoods Barbie’

October 1, 2008


Country music legend Dolly Parton has confirmed that she is writing a film and a musical about her amazing life – and she plans to play herself in the movie version.


The singer and actress – whose latest studio album is titled Backwoods Barbie – is currently receiving rave reviews in the United States for writing the Broadway-bound stage version of her 1980 hit movie 9 To 5.


She now wants to follow up that project by turning her colourful life story into a stage and screen extravaganza.


In the stage version, three actresses are likely to portray her at different points in her life. But she says she would play the current Dolly if the musical is picked up as a movie.


“I’m writing my own life story as a musical. I won’t even probably be in it, but, if I do it as a movie, I would play the later part,” said Dolly, who will be 63 in January 2009. “It would be done with three Dollys I think.”


She revealed that she had already been contemplating turning her life story into a musical when she was approached by producer Robert Greenblatt with the idea of basing a musical on 9 to 5, the screwball comedy in which she made her acting debut.

Nine To Five turned into a Broadway musical … while hit musical Wicked heads for Hollywood

July 16, 2008

The 1980 film Nine To Five – about three female colleagues who plot to turn the tables on their sexist, lying boss – is to be turned into a musical which will open on Broadway on April 23, 2009.

The musical will feature Dolly Parton’s original score for the film, as well as 20 new songs.


The West Wing‘s Allison Janney will take on the role played by Lily Tomlin in the original film, while Stephanie J. Block will play Jane Fonda’s character, and Megan Hilty will co-star as the sexy executive secretary originally portrayed by Dolly Parton. Marc Kudisch will play their bigoted boss.


It was producer Robert Greenblatt and original screenplay writer Patricia Resnick who persuaded Dolly Parton to work on the stage adaptation.


Although she was unsure about it at first, Dolly Parton, 62, said working on the musical turned out to be the most fun she had ever had as a songwriter. “I don’t know that much about Broadway; it’s a little bit out of my league,” she said. “But when they asked me if I would write the music, I said I would try.”


Meanwhile, the Tony award-winning Broadway musical Wicked is heading in the opposite direction. It’s set to become the latest stage show to be turned into a major film.


Following the success of Chicago, Hairspray and Mamma Mia!, the Wizard of Oz-inspired musical is to be turned into a film by Universal Pictures. It will be produced by Marc Platt and Stephen Schwartz.


However, fans will have to wait some time to see the film, according Wicked author Gregory Maguire. He says it may be four years before it actually hits the big screen.

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