ALWAYS, PATSY CLINE
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ALWAYS, PATSY CLINE
July 6, 2016 @ 8:00 pm - July 16, 2016 @ 11:00 pm$30; $20 (seniors, employee & alum); $10 students; $5 (MU students)
ALL REMAINING PERFORMANCES ARE SOLD OUT.
July 6-9 and July 13-16 at 8 PM with Friday matinees at 2 PM on July 8 and 15
For the box office call 732.263.6889
Before Loretta and before Dolly, there was Patsy – Patsy Cline, whose hits like “Crazy” and “Sweet Dreams” heralded the cross-over of country music and pop. This summer, Shadow Lawn Stage, the professional theatre in residence at Monmouth University, will present Ted Swindley’s ode to her: Always, Patsy Cline.
The show tells Patsy’s story through the eyes and words of Louise Seger, a Texas housewife who starts out as a Patsy fan, becomes a pen pal, and then blossoms into an incredible friendship.
Starring as Patsy is Reagan Richards,
a renowned singer in her own right, who has sung with music greats such as Les
Paul, Darlene Love, Ben E. King, Joan Jett, David Gray, Cheap Trick & many
others. She is part of Williams Honor, the Jersey Shore’s first modern country
duo, with multi-instrumentalist Gordon Brown. She begins work as Patsy in
between her national radio tour, where she supporting their single, “Send
It To Me,” with performances all over the country celebrating the recent
release of their self-titled CD. Under the music direction of George Wurzbach –
formerly of the folk group Modern Man and a member of the Monmouth faculty –
Ms. Richards will sing many of the Patsy Cline standards, including “I Fall To
Pieces”, “Walking After Midnight” and 27 other tunes.
Under the direction of Maurice J. Moran, the role of Louise will be played by Katrina Ferguson, returning to Shadow Lawn after acclaimed performances in The Au Pair Man and Molly Sweeney. Ms. Ferguson recently won the Best Actress award at the Dorset Theatre Festival for her role of Eleanor of Aquitaine in Lion In Winter. Louise tells her story by conjuring memories of where and when she fell in love with Cline’s music: listening to the radio in her kitchen, meeting her at a local country bar, and seeing her live on stage with a band of country musicians.