The album “Patsy Cline’s Greatest Hits” has sold over ten million copies and is listed in the 2005 edition of the Guinness Book of World Records.
The newest Evansville Civic Theatre production, “Always…Patsy Cline”, chronicles the life of the country superstar with the help of her long time pen pal, Louise.
Patsy: Howdy everybody! Welcome to The Grand Ole Opry.
GRETCHIN: “Always…Patsy Cline” is more than a tribute to the legendary country singer who died tragically at age 30 in a plane crash in 1963.
Patsy: I fall to pieces…
This jukebox musical is based on the true story of Cline’s friendship with a fan from Texas named Louise Seger.
Louise: This one day, I was working as usual, when all of a sudden I heard that voice again, and it absolutely stopped me in my tracks!
Except they didn’t say who it was.
So I called the radio station to find out.
They said, “That’s Miss Patsy Cline singing ‘I Fall to Pieces’!”
GRETCHIN: Who befriended the star in a Texas honky-tonk in 1961…
Louise: We’d like to know maybe if you don’t mind, if you have the time, you could stop by our table and say, “Hello,”.
Now, y’all listen ’cause you ain’t gonna believe what she said next.
Patsy: Well, why don’t I just go over and sit with y’all?
Louise: Oh my God, we’d be thrilled!
I ran into her at the club, and we became good buddies.
And she let me direct her band one night, because she didn’t know if they knew her music or not, and I knew every word and beat of it.
Patsy: She bought me a Schlitz, and she took me home and gave me some bacon and eggs!
Louise: Then she wanted to correspond through letters, and for the next few years, we wrote…you wrote to me and called me a lot.
Patsy: We became life long pen pals, at least for my short lived life.
GRETCHIN: This musical, complete with down home country humor, true emotion and even some really great audience participation, includes many of Patsy’s unforgettable hits such as “Crazy”, “I Fall to Pieces”, “Sweet Dreams” and “Walking After Midnight”…27 songs in all.
And fittingly enough, the show’s title was inspired by Cline’s letters to Louise Seger, which were consistently signed, “Love Always, Patsy Cline”.
The show runs this weekend and next at Evansville Civic Theatre.
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