REVIEW FROM MORE SUGAR: WESTCHESTER BROADWAY THEATRE: ALWAYS, PATSY CLINE

Published: Sunday, February 14, 2016 By: Jim Petrillo Source: More Sugar

Through February 28
The Westchester Broadway Theatre is now presenting Always…Patsy Cline. This show revolves around the chance meeting between Houston housewife, Louise Seger and Ms. Cline. Creator Ted Swindley cleverly wove Patsy’s music into this heartwarming story. Besides being familiar with a few Patsy Cline songs, I knew very little about her life and early death. By the time the show was over I was transformed into a true fan. I had no idea how much Patsy achieved in her short career including having a number one selling album.

Patsy Cline is played by Erin McCracken, who you may have seen in WBT’s production of Hairspray. After seeing in Erin in both of these roles, I have become extremely impressed with Erin’s acting and singing ability. Erin captured the essence of this country singer and brought her sound to life including her unique country ‘twang’. The music was performed by The Bodacious Bobcat Band let by Ken Lundie. The band was on stage for the entire performance. Their music filled the room with energy as Ms. McCraken sang, often prompting the audience to clap and sing along, which was encouraged at times.

Mr. Swindley broke down the 4th wall by having the character Louise Seger speak directly to the audience, and at times come into the audience to choose a dancing partner. Louise’s character was played by Susann Fletcher. Ms. Fletcher was brilliant in her presentation of Louise Seger, by taking on unique physical characteristics and speech patterns. She showed true passion for Patsy Cline’s music. The chemistry between the two characters was magnificent, as they captured the full attention of the packed house.

The show is packed with Patsy Cline hits such as Honky Tonk Merry Go Round, Your Cheatin’ Heart and of course Crazy. All of which was wonderfully recreated by The Bodacious Bobcat Band and Erin McCraken. Dinner at the WBT is always enjoyable. The menu included a few specials related to the southern origin of this show. This limited production runs until February 28th – Do not miss this show! Tickets can be purchased by calling 914-592-2222 or online