Dolly Parton returns to the Norton Center this August as part of National Tour

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DANVILLE — Coming off the heels of a headline-making performance at the ACM Awards in early April, Dolly Parton is heading out on her largest North American tour in over two decades, with a stop at Centre College’s Norton Center for the Arts on Aug. 9. Tickets may be purchased at

“We’re so excited to get out there and see the fans again. I’m really looking forward to singing songs the fans have not heard in a while, as well as the hits, while debuting a few new ones off Pure & Simple,” Parton said.

An internationally renowned superstar, the iconic and irrepressible Dolly Parton has contributed countless treasures to the world of entertainment. All-inclusive sales of singles, albums, hits collections, paid digital downloads and compilation usage during her illustrious career have topped a staggering 100 million records worldwide. Achieving 25 RIAA certified gold, platinum and multi-platinum awards, Dolly has had 25 songs reach No. 1 on the Billboard Country charts, a record for a female artist. Dolly has garnered seven Grammy Awards, 10 Country Music Association Awards, five Academy of Country Music Awards, three American Music Awards and is one of only five female artists to win the Country Music Association’s Entertainer of the Year Award. Making her film debut in the 1980 hit comedy “9 to 5,” Dolly earned rave reviews for her performance and an Oscar nomination for writing the title tune, along with her second and third Grammy Awards. Roles in “Steel Magnolias,” “Best Little Whorehouse in Texas,” “Rhinestone” and “Straight Talk” followed.

“Patrons often ask about how the Norton Center repeatedly gets such high-profile, world-class artists to perform in our small town of Danville, Kentucky. We credit appreciative audiences, uniquely Kentucky artist hospitality, and more than 40 years of established trust that continues to reinforce our positive reputation in the performing arts industry,” Executive Director of the Norton Center for the Arts Steve Hoffman said. “As of now, the Norton Center will be the smallest theatre to host Dolly during this tour, as well as the only venue in the state of Kentucky. We are excited for our patrons to see this world class performer once again in the intimate setting of Newlin Hall.” Parton’s last stop in Danville was a 2005 concert that sold out, also in Newlin Hall.

Dolly Parton’s Pure & Simple Tour coincides with the summer release of her double-disc album Pure & Simple with Dolly’s Biggest Hits. The collection will include some of Parton’s most popular singles as well as a few new tracks. Parton’s set list will include the hits her fans love along with a few new songs from the double-disc album. She will also be playing songs that have not been heard live for decades.

For the last 20 years, Parton has only played select dates in the U.S., but her 2016 tour will cover cities across North America.

The entertainment icon is on one of the biggest hot streaks of her career after her hugely successful TV movie, “Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors,” attracted a network record of more than 15.8 million viewers. It was the most watched movie on network TV in more than three years and was released on DVD May 3.

Dolly Parton will perform at Centre College’s Norton Center for the Arts on Aug. 9 in Newlin Hall at 7:30 p.m. Tickets, priced $500-$175 will be available to the general public beginning June 6. Presale tickets will be available to Norton Center donors, advertisers and subscribers on June 1. Multiple VIP ticket opportunities are also available. All tickets may be purchased at or by calling the box office at 1-877-HIT-SHOW or 1-859-236-4692.

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