Wednesday, June 29, 2022

reviews - ALWAYS...PATSY CLINE - The Phoenix Theatre Company

Cassie Chilton and Katie McFadzen
Photo by Reg Madison Photography

highlights from local critics reviews - (click link at bottom of each review to read complete review)

Click here for more information on this production that runs through August 7

"Jukebox musicals that feature the songs associated with a famous singer or a singing group, such as Jersey Boys and Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, have proven to be quite popular in the past decade. More than 30 years ago, one of the first jukebox shows premiered, became a hit, and has gone on to be frequently produced in regional theatres. Always...Patsy Cline is based on the real relationship the famous country and western singer had with one of her fans and it features more than two dozen hits and all of Cline's famous songs, including "I Fall to Pieces," "Crazy," and "Walking After Midnight." The Phoenix Theatre Company's production is one of the best I've seen of this charming musical, with two great performances by local actresses Katie McFadzen and Cassie Chilton, who is stellar as Cline, with perfect phrasing and a glorious vocal delivery that beautifully evokes the heart and soul of this famous singer...."   -Gil Benbrook, Talkin' Broadway (click here to read the complete review)

"Not everybody likes country music.  It’s an acquired taste but The Phoenix Theatre Company’s wonderfully tuneful “Always…Patsy Cline” production provides a great introduction to this popular musical style as personified by Cline.  It will turn a non-country music person into a devoted fan. ...Other pluses include director Debra K. Stevens’ expert but laid-back staging, Cassie Chilton’s remarkable Cline impersonation, and Katie McFadzen’s hilariously risqué Louise..." -Chris Curcio, Curtain Up Phoenix (click here to read the complete review)

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