ALWAYS… PATSY CLINE
BDT STAGE: 3/3 – 5/20
L-R: Norrell Moore and Alicia King Meyers (Photo credit: Glenn Ross Photography)
Ted Swindley’s “Always … Patsy Cline” is a jukebox musical based upon Patsy Cline’s friendship with her fan, Louise Seger. The two women met at a concert in Houston in 1961, and remained friends right up until Patsy’s untimely death.
Norrell Moore is a luminous Patsy Cline. Her performance is the stuff of which musical theatre dreams are made. Her acting and authentic - sounding vocals astound. A few of the songs Moore knocks out of the park are: “Crazy,” “Sweet Dreams” and “I Fall to Pieces.”
As Patsy’s biggest fan, Louise Seger, Alicia King Meyers brims over with a down-home warmth and hilarious exuberance. King-Meyers, who also co-directed the show with Producing Artistic Director Michael J. Duran, puts a personal spin on Louise that really makes the character her own.
and “Blue Moon of Kentucky” are just a couple of the songs that brought down the house on the night this reviewer was in attendance.
Neal Dunfee’s music direction of the mostly above stage band is even better than his usual professional work. His accompaniment of Ms. Moore on the piano is ear-pleasing indeed.
The usual suspects are making the technical end of this production a real winner. Wayne Kennedy’s audio design and Brett Maughan’s lighting of Amy Campion’s honky tonk scenic design conspire to make this evening of musical theatre a complete delight.
One would be remiss not to mention Debbie Spaur’s expert work in the hair and wig design department.
So put on your shit kickers and bolo ties and get on down to BDT Stage as they serve up some great country hits, lots of laughter and a little heartbreak … as well as some great country vittles.Marlowe's Musings
ALWAYS PATSY CLINE plays through May 20 at BDT Stage, .
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