A loving tribute to country music’s most enduring superstar, the musical journey traces the legendary singer’s rise from her hometown in Winchester, Virginia to the Grand Ole Opry, Las Vegas and Carnegie Hall. Cline defined the term “crossover hit” by dominating country, blues, pop, and gospel charts simultaneously in the 1950’s and early ‘60s.
The full-stage production, which is sanctioned by the Patsy Cline Estate, features the singer’s meteoric rise with performances of 21 songs in settings such as WINC Radio Winchester, the Grand Ole Opry, the Mint Casino in Las Vegas, Tootsie’s Orchard Lounge in Nashville, and Carnegie Hall. Steve Barcus co-stars along with the Patsy Cline Band.
“Audiences will be taken back to a time when the singing was so rich and beautiful,” commented Julie Johnson, who stars as America’s favorite country music sweetheart in Dean Reagan’s musical tribute. “If I had to describe Patsy’s voice and melodies, I say they are what I imagine what chocolate would sound like. It’s a great show for someone who has never been introduced to her music. You don’t have to be a country music fan to love Patsy, although it doesn’t hurt either.”
Cline was an award-winning singer prior to her untimely death in March 1963, when she was only 30. Her hits included “Walkin’ After Midnight,” “I Fall to Pieces,” “She’s Got You,” “Crazy,” and “Sweet Dreams.” The legacy of her music has continued over the decades since her passing, which followed her last single release of “A Closer Walk with Thee.”
Johnson’s exciting career spans Broadway, Off-Broadway, regional theatre, concerts, and film. A native of Whitewright, she made her Carnegie Hall debut singing with the New York Pops Orchestra under the direction of Skitch Henderson. Johnson portrayed Mama in the first national tour of the Broadway musical Memphis and starred opposite Sally Struthers in Always, Patsy Cline at Fort Worth’s Casa Manana Theatre.
Shows will run over four weekends beginning Friday, January 8 and continuing through Sunday, January 31. Performances will be on Fridays at 7:00 P.M., Saturdays at 2:00 P.M. and 7:00 P.M., and Sundays at 2:00 P.M. Tickets are $40 for front orchestra seating, $30 for the rear orchestra, and $25 in the balcony.