Reviewed by Tony Annicone
Little Theater of Fall River’s Fire Barn show is “Always Patsy Cline.” This show is based on a true story about the country music legend and the fan she called a friend. The title was inspired by Cline’s letters to her friend, Louise Segar which were always signed, “Love Always…Patsy Cline.” This is a tribute to the woman who epitomized country music in the late 50’s and early 60’s. Louise Segar fell in love with Patsy’s voice after seeing her perform on “Walkin’ After Midnight” on Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts in 1957. She followed Cline’s career via radio and television and finally met the singer at a concert in Houston in 1961. The two became pen pals up until the 1963 plane crash that claimed Cline’s life. The musical play complete with down home country humor and true emotion includes many of Patsy’s unforgettable hits, 27 in all, such as “Lonely Days”, “I Fall to Pieces”, “Sweet Dreams”, “Walking After Midnight” and of course, my personal favorite, “Crazy.” Director Bobby Perry weaves this funny moving tribute to this country movie star wonderfully with the 27 musical numbers connected with a strong storyline. He casts these two star roles perfectly winning them a resounding standing ovation at the end of the night. It is the must see show of this season.