I am so glad I spent my Sunday afternoon at the Temple today — the show was fantastic!!! It started out with her first time on the radio at age 14 and went through to her death in 1963……. There was a narrator (played delightfully by Temple staffer Michael Brocki) that told some stories behind the songs and what was going on in her life about the time she either recorded the song or sang it for something special.
The stage musicians were amazing and Lisa Dames did an incredible job as Patsy Cline!!! Her voice was amazing!!! OK, so she isn’t a perfect match to Patsy (there was, and always will be, only one Patsy Cline), but she’s as close to perfect as you can get without being Patsy herself!!! She really belts out the songs and has that growl and crack in her voice at all the right spots — only someone who can close their eyes and instantly listen to the real Patsy sing the songs could tell the difference — very, very good!!!
It brought out all kinds of emotions — hearing the songs, seeing the costumes, etc — it was very moving!!! I teared up a few times, but broke out sobbing when she sang “Sweet Dreams” and “Crazy” — then, the icing on the cake was after the narrator portrayed a radio announcer telling the news of her death — they shined a white spot light on a lone microphone stand and she talked from off stage saying how her fans will never know how happy they made her by loving her music and caring so much about her — then, she came out and stepped into the spot light wearing an impeccable white suit and sang the hymn “Just a Closer Walk With Thee” — she had the entire audience in the palm of her hands!!!! And I lost it!!!!
I can not imagine anyone not loving Patsy and her music — if you do, you don’t want to miss this show!!! But even if you aren’t a big fan — if you enjoy listening to an incredible voice — go see this show!!! You won’t regret it!!!
It was incredible — so well done — so beautiful — so well worth the time to see it!!! I just may have to go again before it is done…..correction I WILL be going to see it again before it is done!!!