Sunday, April 28, 2024

Always...Patsy Cline @ Great Lakes Theater

Through May 19, 2024
(216) 241-6000


Roy Berko

Hey, “Stupid Cupid,” if you have “True Love” for country music, you’ll have “Sweet Dreams” and feel “True Love” when you think back to having seen ALWAYS…PATSY CLINE.  For the rest of us, “Come on In and Make Yourself at Home” and realize that you are not “Crazy” for being a semi-fan and not echoing the Patsyites yelling, “How Great Thou Art.”

To see a full review of this show, read Roy Berko's blog here.

Howard Gollop

Coincidentally, "Always ... Patsy Cline" was a successful centerpiece of a revival of its current Hanna Theater (which became home to Great Lakes Theater) as a short-lived cabaret repertory in the mid-1990s. Almost three decades later, “Always … Patsy Cline” returns as charming as ever under the playful direction of Victoria Bussert, an inviting production design with Grand Ole Opry undertones by Jeff Herrmann and authentic-sounding country-music backup lead by Matthew Webb. This twosome romance is definitely a two-stepping treat.

To see a full review of this show, read Howard Gollop's review here.

Sheri Gross
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Mark Horning

Even if you are not a big fan of country or for that matter Patsy Cline, you really owe it to yourself to see this particular show. It is a nice reminder of gentle music that induces a sense of calm. It is an evening of songs about love gone wrong but done exceptionally well in a concert setting. See This Show!

To see a full review of this show, read Mark Horning's Review here.

Chris Howey
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Laura Kennelly

Always…Patsy Cline. Jukebox musical sporting a documentary style? Yes, for sure. Well done? Absolutely. Fun? Yes, again.

Always…Patsy Cline has just enough story to hold the songs (why we are here) together. The show, originally crafted by Ted Swindley and now directed at GLT by Victoria Bussert, is a little gem. It never gets tiresome as it looks at friendship and song in equally compelling measure.

-To see a full review of this show, read here or see Laura's posts at Cool Cleveland.

Kate Klotzbach

The story is loose, but effective, and the audience actually gets the best character development from France's Louise, as the script is written from her point of view. If anything, the show could use a little more backstory and a better in-depth look at Patsy Cline, herself, as she is the title role. But what the script lacks in insight into the star sensation, it makes up for in heart in regards to demonstrating the importance of the friendship between the two women. There is also a ton of humor and wit in this show, and Bussert has done a clever job staging this well-matched duo around the performance space.

To see a full review of this show, read Kate's posts here.

Dr. Yuko Kurahashi

Created and originally directed by Ted Swindley (playwright, director, and founder of Stages Repertory in Houston, Texas) and directed by Victoria Bussert, the Great Lakes Theatre production of Always…Patsy Cline captures the audience’s heart—especially those who grew up listening to her on radio and records.

To see a full review of this show, read Yuko's posts here.

Joey Morona
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