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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

'Patsy Cline' Takes the Stage at Milwaukee Rep

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Country music legend Patsy Cline developed new range and depth for female vocals in one of the nation's most popular music genres. Her interesting life story, about a woman who achieved great critical and commercial success in the mid-20th century, is the type that works well in a stage revue. As one would expect, Always…Patsy Cline has drawn large audiences since its debut in 1988.

Cline's music is presented against the story of a chance meeting with a fan. Based on an actual event, the meeting takes place two years before Cline's untimely death at the age of 30 in a plane crash. In 1961, Mississippi native Louise Seger showed up early for a concert in Houston. The two met before the show and struck up a friendship. The musical finds its heart in that meeting.

Written by Ted Swindley, the show makes it to the Milwaukee Rep's Stackner Cabaret this month. Rep Associate Artistic Director Sandy Ernst will direct. Taking on the role of the legendary singer will be Kelley Faulkner, a remarkable stage talent who local audiences will remember as Sally Bowles in last season's Rep production of Cabaret. Angela Iannone will play Seger.

The Milwaukee Rep's staging of Always…Patsy Cline runs March 16-May 6 at the Stackner Cabaret. For ticket reservations, call 414-224-9490.

Theater Happenings

  • Renaissance Theaterworks closes its season with Honour, a production featuring an impressive cast that includes Brian Mani, Karen Estrada and Laura Gordon. Joanna Murray-Smith's story of marital distress runs March 23-April 15 at the Broadway Theatre Center's Studio Theatre. For ticket reservations, call 414-291-7800.
  • Uprooted Theatre continues its season with the world premiere of Reginald Edmund's Southbridge. Marti Gobel directs this story about a man who has an affair with a widow who ends up dead. Running at the Broadway Theatre Center's Studio Theatre for one week only, the show closes March 18. For ticket reservations, visit www.uprootedmke.com.