“The deadline to be out of your homes is now Christmas Eve,” warns Christine Baranski in the first trailer for Netflix’s “Christmas on the Square.” Boasting 14 original songs by the film’s star and executive producer Dolly Parton, the movie musical finds Baranski’s Regina Fuller threatening to sell her entire hometown to a property developer before Parton’s Angel inspires in her an emotional and spiritual reawakening. Watch the trailer above.
The trailer offers a first look at the film’s large ensemble, which features Jenifer Lewis as the local hairdresser, Treat Williams as the general store owner and Regina’s old flame, and Josh Segarra as the town’s pastor. Directed and choreographed by Emmy-winner Debbie Allen (“Fame”), the movie promises an endless holiday mirth, heart, and even a few tears when it drops on the streaming service on Nov. 22.
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It wouldn’t be a Parton production without song, so we also get our first listen to the impeccable pipes of Baranski, Lewis, and, of course, Parton herself on three of the movie’s tracks. Though Parton’s vocals need no introduction, Baranski and Lewis also have impressive records in song and dance: outside of her decades of TV work, Baranski found a motion picture niche in movie musicals in adaptations of “Chicago,” “Mamma Mia!” and its sequel, and “Into the Woods,” while Lewis has four musical credits on Broadway and sings on screen in “Sister Act” and “The Princess and the Frog.”
Though “Christmas on the Square” trails in our combined Golden Globes and SAG odds, Parton’s recent track record at the Emmys offers some promise for the film’s future awards prospects. In the past five years, Parton has produced three TV movies or limited series––“Coat of Many Colors” (2015), “Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love” (2016) and “Heartstrings” (2019)––with the latter two scoring nominations in the Best Television Movie category. Though those awards are a long way off, awards pundits know never to underestimate the power of Dolly.
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