Patsy Cline Musical Staged at UW
The country music legend Patsy Cline will be brought to life at the UW Fine Arts Main Stage courtesy of the Snowy Range Summer Theatre.
The play Always... Patsy Cline, presented by the UW Department of Theatre and Dance, is a musical tribute to Cline that originally opened in 1993 and went on to be an off-Broadway hit. The Snowy Range Theatre production is being directed by guest artist Charolette Guyette and will star UW alumna Lindsey Cozzens as Patsy Cline and UW professor Lou Anne Wright as Louise Seger, a fan and friend of Cline.
According to UW Fine Arts spokesperson, Kathy Kirkaldie, Always... Patsy Cline is based on the real life relationship between Cline and Louise Seger. According to the tale, Seger, an avid fan of Cline's, met the singing legend in Texas honky-tonk where the women exchanged phone numbers and addresses. The two began corresponding via telephone and mail until Cline's untimely death in a 1963 plane crash. The name of the musical is borrowed from the Cline's letters to Seger, which were consistently signed "Love Always... Patsy Cline."
A press release from the department notes that audiences can expect over two-dozen musical numbers from Cline's life and career, including Crazy, I Fall to Pieces, and Walkin' After Midnight.
The musical is the second play in the Snowy Range Theatre's 2012 season. The next play will be the Tony-nominated Broadway musical Romance/Romance in July.
Always... Patsy Cline runs 7:30 PM Nightly June 26th through the 30th on the UW Fine Arts Main Stage. Tickets are $10 for the general public, $7 for students, seniors and children over 5.