Image Source: Getty / Paul Archuleta / Taylor Hill
Whoever decided to get Dolly Parton to play an angel on Netflix Christmas in the square knew exactly what they were doing. The musical, which came out on November 22, shows Parton as a spirit guide transforming a Scrooge-like woman named Regina Fuller (Christine Baranski). And apparently Parton’s enthusiastic characterization hasn’t gotten out of hand – just ask Debbie Allen, the film’s director and choreographer. “Dolly Parton is a bundle of joy, a creative genius and a shared treasure,” Allen told POPSUGAR. “Everything she writes, everything she does, she is ready to adapt, change and try in different ways. As an angel she was ready to try anything I asked of her. It was wonderful to be with her to work as a composer and as a director-choreographer. ”
“Dolly Parton is a bundle of joy, a creative genius, and a collaborative treasure.”
The legendary dance teacher expressly confirmed Parton’s open-minded attitude when working on the music. Although the “9 to 5” song stress is the main theme behind all 14 songs in the film, she worked with Allen to fine-tune certain tracks to better fit each scene. “Jenifer Lewis sings a song, ‘Queen of Mean,’ which was supposed to be more of a blues song – it didn’t have to be a country western song,” Allen said. “It had to be what Jenifer was going to do and stuff [Parton] loved that and we did it. And we needed new music to portray Regina Fuller as a young woman [Parton] wrote it happily and made it a great dance moment. “
Allen’s praise for Parton goes beyond the screen too. The director was recently moved by Parton’s contributions to Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine. On November 16, the biotech company announced that its vaccine had been 94.5 percent effective in the third phase of testing. It could be available to the general public as early as December for those at high risk and by spring 2021.
The news came seven months after Parton announced it had donated $ 1 million to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where Moderna was conducting research and testing. The preliminary report published in The New England Journal of Medicine cited the Dolly Parton COVID-19 Research Fund as one of the sponsors. “It doesn’t come as a surprise to either of us that she donated a million dollars to a company about to bring a vaccine to the world,” said Allen. “It’s no surprise. That’s her generosity. That’s who she is.”