CUE REVIEW Westchester Broadway Theatre's ALWAYS PATSY CLINE.Published: Tuesday, February 16, 2016 By: Camille Kaiser Source: The CUE
With just two lead performers, a small band, and the magic of Patsy Cline’s country classics, the audience was immediately immersed in the charm and excitement of the “Gran Ol Oprey”. The magic of “Walkin’ After Midnight,” “Your Cheatin’ Heart,” “Stupid Cupid,” “Shake, Rattle & Roll,” just to name a few, fill the theater with nostalgia. Erin McCracken’s exceptional vocal skills and style makes us believe that this is how Patsy Cline might have been both onstage and off.
But this is a show that is as much about the friendship of two women as it is the unforgettable voice of Cline. Susann Fletcher as Louise, a Houston housewife, narrates the show with over-the-top sassy style, which mesmerizes the audience. She recounts how they met and bonded. The interaction between the women is so authentic that one could picture two women anywhere having a similar conversation. Louise’s spunky attitude enables Patsy to be herself and Erin McCracken expertly portrays Patsy as enormously kind hearted and a bit weary. Although the women only met once, they continued their friendship through correspondence until Cline’s death. Fletcher’s low-key grief caused a lump in my throat and an understanding of the feeling of great loss by everyone who knew Cline, either professionally or personally.
The Bodacious Bobcat Band: Ken Lundy (musical director), Ken Ross, Geoff Marrow, Guy Fischetti and Von Ann Stutler (contractor) were not only exceptional musically, but provided expert interaction with the ladies. Kudos to director, Amiee Turner, who skillfully put this outstanding production together.
Don’t miss this magnificent crowd pleaser! The show continues through February 28th. For reservations, call 914-586-2128.