FORT LEE, Va. (Aug. 25, 2016) -- The Lee Playhouse Main Stage 2016-2017 season opens with “A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline” Sept. 9, 8 p.m., at the Lee Theater.
Additional performances are Fridays and Saturdays, Sept. 10, 16, 17, 23, and 24 at 8 p.m. and Sundays, Sept. 11, 18 and 25 at 3 p.m.
The show follows the country music legend’s rise from a young girl in Winchester to her success on the Grand Ole Opry, the Las Vegas Stage and Carnegie Hall. She was born Virginia Patterson Hensley and quit school at the age of 15 to work in a drug store to help support her mother, younger brother and sister. Her big break came 10 years into her professional career when she appeared on the Arthur Godfrey Talent Scouts in 1957. Her rendition of the classic, “Walking After Midnight,” won her the contest and set her on the road to public and industry acclaim.
Cline is the first female country artist to successfully “cross over” from country to pop charts with memorable classics “I Fall to Pieces,” “Leaving On Your Mind,” “Sweet Dreams” and the number one jukebox hit of all time, “Crazy.”
She joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1960, won numerous awards and titles, has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and was the first female solo artist to be inducted in the Country Music Hall of Fame.
“A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline” follows her rise in the music industry through flashbacks during a 1963 radio tribute to the hometown legend at Winchester’s WINC. The tribute show is hosted by DJ, Little Big Man, a Winchester broadcaster who was there when Patsy sang for the first time on the air.
The show also features The Jordanaires, a gospel group that appeared on records with Patsy Cline, Elvis Presley and numerous other recording artists.
Making her Lee Playhouse premiere is Shannon Gibson Brown starring as Patsy Cline. The Jordanaires are played by Playhouse veteran, Travis West, and newcomers, Graham Burbanck, Adam Smith and Evan Nunery. Michael McClain portrays Little Big Man and Dylan Tipton appears as the Opry and Vegas Comics.
The production is directed by Frank Foster with music direction by Storm Burks. The creative team also includes Mark Souza (costume design); Frank Foster ( set design); Cindy Warren (lighting design); John Redling (sound); Joel Furtick (hair and makeup); and Amanda Sims (properties). The production is stage managed by Rachel Davis.
“A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline” blends theatre and music into an evening that audiences of all ages will enjoy. Twenty of her best-known songs, performed with a live band, make this show a treat for young and old alike.
For tickets and reservations, call the box office at (804) 734-6629.