Dolly Parton plans a Christmas musical: ‘how many people have their dreams come true?’

The musical’s book is written by David H. Bell with the adaptation is by Bell, Paul T. Couch and Curt Wollan, who also directs the presentation. Tim Hayden is the Musical Director. Based on Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” the show will run for only three performances. Parton does not sing in the show.

Parton said the premise came from a Christmas show they presented at Dollywood, her theme park in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. Several years ago, a hologram of Dolly portrayed the Ghost of Christmas Past in an East Tennessee version of the Dickens classic. The singer said the idea to shift “A Christmas Carol” into a Smoky Mountain setting was Couch’s, the former entertainment director at Dollywood. Couch asked Parton to write songs for the new musical and has an eye on making it a holiday touring production.

“I’d already written some songs, and then they gave me some ideas of what else they wanted and then I wrote a bunch of new songs for it,” Parton explained. “It’s in the depression and Scrooge owns all the coal mines and all the poor people are having such a hard time. I wrote all the songs based on those feelings, and they all have a country mountain flavor.”

Some of Parton’s favorite songs from the musical include “Appalachian Snow Fall,” which she said has bluegrass harmonies and mountain sounds, and “Wish Book.”

“It’s about how we always dreamed about looking at all the stuff in the magazines that we wanted as kids,” she said. “I just kind of put myself in the position of these characters that I was writing about and thinking about how I would feel if I was in that position. And, I kind of have been in my childhood so it wasn’t a big stretch writing about poor people.”

This weekend’s premiere of “Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountain Christmas Carol” will be presented concert-style with no staging or costumes.

“We’re just to see how people take to it,” Parton said. “If people really like it, we’ll do a whole big number and through the years, maybe it will travel around at Christmas.”

‘The Grinch’ sneers at American cities from billboards: His most withering cutdowns

The Grinch is no longer just nasty to the residents of Whoville. He’s sneering big-time at American cities.

The national promotional campaign for “The Grinch” (now in theaters) features the snarky Dr. Seuss creature dropping his withering wrath from billboards, subway platforms, on buildings and buses.

Broadway patrons in New York City lining up for theaters tickets can see his looming green presence mocking their efforts with the line, “Good luck getting those Hamilton tickets.”

In Los Angeles, aspiring stars run into the giant Grinch mocking, “Of course you’ll make it as an actor.”

“That actor one in LA is pretty cruel,” says a chuckling Benedict Cumberbatch, who voices the Christmas-loathing creature in the new movie. “There’s another one on the 405 freeway saying, ‘I could watch you sitting in traffic all day long.’ The guy is rolling. The Grinch is an ever-giving gift.”

Chicago, San Francisco and other cities are not exempt from his wrath.

“People in Chicago are sending me photos of a sign with the Grinch saying, ‘I’ve seen windier cities,'” says Scott Mosier, who directed the animated film with Yarrow Cheney. “It’s been a pretty great campaign.”