Dolly Parton is all set to spread (much-needed) cheer with a brand new Christmas musical on Netflix
Hark! Is that good news we hear? In a year like 2020, only one voice can cut right through the doom and gloom: Dolly Parton’s! Yep, the euphonious star just confirmed the release date for her new holiday movie musical coming to Netflix — and it’ll be here before Thanksgiving. Which is, quite literally, music to our ears.
In celebration of what is already our favorite early gift of the season, Parton has even shared a song from the festive film. Titled “Christmas on the Square,” just like the movie itself, the track will fill you with holiday spirit fast.
Not that you need a reason other than Parton (because, queen!), but there are tons of reasons to tune in. Grey’s Anatomy fans should know that the film was directed and choreographed by none other than Debbie Allen, aka Dr. Catherine Avery herself.
Not to mention, the cast is stacked! In addition to Parton, Christmas on the Square stars Christine Baranski, Jenifer Lewis, Treat Williams, Jeanine Mason, Josh Segarra, Mary Lane Haskell, Matthew Johnson, and Selah Kimbro Jones.
As far as the premise of the movie goes, well, it’s exactly the sort of wholesome feel-good content you’d expect from a Parton holiday flick.
Per Variety, Baranski stars as Regina Fuller, a “wealthy and unpleasant woman” who returns to her small hometown following her father’s death. The reason for her return? To evict everyone right ahead of the holiday season. Here’s where Parton comes in, though. She plays an angel who helps Regina see the error of her ways.
The movie will be chock full of Parton songs, too — 14, to be exact. At least one of those, the title track, is making its way to Parton’s upcoming holiday album, A Holly Dolly Christmas. Out Oct. 2, it marks the musical icon’s first holiday album in 30 years, since 1990’s Home for Christmas.
Of course, this isn’t Parton’s only recent foray into Netflix filmmaking or holiday films, for that matter. She previously worked on the movie Dumplin’ and the series Heartstrings for the streaming service, both fan favorites. And who could forget her 2015 made-for-TV holiday movie Coat of Many Colors and its sequel, 2016’s Christmas of Many Colors?
Still, we can probably all agree that the timing of Parton’s new Netflix holiday musical couldn’t be better. If anyone can salvage what’s left of this godforsaken year, it’s her.