Always, Patsy Cline Celebrates Two Fine Singers

Always Patsy ClineIt’s been about a decade since I’ve seen Always, Patsy Cline and I was astonished by how much I remembered after enjoying an encore performance at the Ryman Auditorium on Wednesday night (April 15). Two of my all-time favorite singers are Patsy Cline, of course, and Mandy Barnett, who originated the title role. Barnett and actress Tere Myers, who plays Cline’s fan and friend Louise Seeger, barreled right through the script like they’ve never missed a weekend. With all the sashaying and corny jokes it’s no wonder this production has gone on to glory in the crowd-pleasing world of community theater.

Nevertheless, you pretty much get every Cline classic – “He’s Got You,” “Sweet Dreams,” “Faded Love,” “Crazy,” “Walkin’ After Midnight,” etc. Barnett’s a phenomenal interpreter (but I wouldn’t say impersonator), and Myers’ broad acting works pretty well in this context, too. As a brassy Texas gal who loves country music, she’s a hoot. Stick around for the encore to hear “If You’ve Got Leavin’ on Your Mind,” where Barnett’s bold, dynamic voice really shines. The Ryman show runs through May 23. I hope I don’t have to wait 10 more years to see it again.

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