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A Brighter Day: A NEW Heart-Warming Show

My kids and I kicked off Dollywood’s 36th season with a fun-filled day including the debut of a NEW foot-stomping show. This heart-warming, hopeful performance, A Brighter Day, is a must- see.  I cried. I sang. I wanted to dance. It truly has it all.


This show is a unique blend of inspirational tunes from many familiar artists. From Rascal Flatts to Martina McBride to Jackie Wilson, there’s something for everyone.

Insider Tip

If you’re looking for the perfect spot to grab lunch AND enjoy live entertainment, then plan to visit Dogs N Taters located beside Back Porch Theater. There’s also a new seating area with more room to relax, eat and enjoy the show!

Following the show, I spoke with David Brooks who has been a music director with Dollywood for more than 33 years. I asked how the show came to fruition.

“In response to what everyone has been through over the last year, we wanted to inspire our guests and help them experience a brighter day through song and dance.”  He continued, “Dolly says, ‘If you see someone without a smile, then give them yours,’ and that is exactly what we hope to do for our guests.”


Several people within Dollywood’s Entertainment Team collaborated on this show idea—scouring through hundreds of song choices before selecting the perfect mix of contemporary Christian and country tracks as well as music rich in history.

Also, I enjoyed that this show offers its performers a unique opportunity to ad lib since they are not portraying characters. It’s fun to follow Dollywood’s stars. You may see cast members from A Brighter Day in other shows after this show closes for more entertainment this summer.

Watch A Brighter Day at Back Porch Theater daily through  June 6. Don’t miss the sing-along!

By | 2021-05-03T17:37:51+00:00 March 17th, 2021|Entertainment|0 Comments

About the Author:

Michelle Borja (Dollywood Insider 2019-2021), a native of East Tennessee, recalls first walking the streets of Silver Dollar City when she was just a child. She couldn’t wait to share the experience with her son and daughter. As a marketing professional, Michelle enjoys storytelling and often shares Dollywood planning tips with friends. She homeschools her children which offers flexibility to visit the park often. Their favorite getaway is a stay at Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa, which Michelle calls “their home away from home.” They complete their schoolwork by the grand piano overlooking the pool, enjoy time at Dollywood and finish their day with a sip of Dolly’s pink lemonade by the fireplace.
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