A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline
About the Show
A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline chronicles the life story of Patsy Cline, one of the all-time legends of country music.
Born Virginia Patterson Hensley on September 8, 1932 in Virginia, Patsy was always spunky and devoted to music. She quit school at the age of fifteen to work in a drug store and help support her single mother and her younger brother and sister. In return, her mother dedicated her spare time to helping Patsy's career, and drove her to Nashville when she was only sixteen for her first Grand Ole Opry audition.
Patsy was never shy about self-promotion and impressed everyone the moment they heard her. Ironically, her musical talent was never really rewarded until "Walkin' After Midnight", which was recorded ten years after she began singing professionally. Her incredible musical rendition of this song on the Arthur Godfrey Talent Scouts in 1957 not only won the contest, but finally set her on the road to the acclaim she deserved. It was followed three years later by the memorable "I Fall to Pieces". Then came "Crazy" (written by Willie Nelson), "She's Got You", "Sweet Dreams", and "Faded Love". Her last single release was "A Closer Walk with Thee". She realized her lifetime ambition of joining the Grand Ole Opry in 1960 and won ten awards at the WSM Country Music Festival.
In the early 1960's Patsy's life began settling down-just as her career began to pick up. Two children, a dream home, and a stack of hit records were finally hers, but she would not be able to enjoy them long. Patsy Cline died in an airplane crash March 5, 1963, while hurrying back to her family after a benefit concert in Kansas City.
Patsy's enduring musical legacy is witnessed by the fact that she is the number one juke-box play in the world. Her Greatest Hits album has sold over 9 million copies, and has been in first place for over 200 weeks of her 700 weeks on Billboard's "Top Country Catalog Albums".
A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline appeals to all ages. It provides a wonderful opportunity to blend theatre and music into a magical evening that audiences of all ages will enjoy. Twenty of her best-known songs, played by a live band, make this show a treat for the young and old alike. The songs are performed in their entirety with arrangements, back-up vocals and a band structure all providing an accurate re-creation of the Patsy Cline sound. A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline is the perfect small cast musical.
A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline is Estate Approved - one of only two select productions to be sanctioned by the Patsy Cline Estate managed by Charlie Dick, Patsy Cline's husband.
Please visit the official website at www.walkwithpatsycline.com
A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline has been produced across the United States and Canada in theatres from Boston to Branson, and from Toronto to Vancouver.
Patsy's broad appeal has entertained fans of major commercial theatres, regional theatres, dinner theatres and community theatres throughout the nation. It has been a repeated success with companies nationwide such as Granbury Opera House, the Barn Dinner Theatre, the Alabama Theatre, Center Stage Theatre, Springer Opera House, and the Alhambra Dinner Theatre, all of whom have brought the show back for multiple runs due to its continuing popularity. A proven crowd-pleaser, Michael Detroit of Memphis' Playhouse on the Square calls it "the strongest Patsy Cline show on the market."
After it's sold out premier engagement in Vancouver B.C., A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline toured across Canada, before it opened in the USA where it ran for nine months at the renowned Playhouse Theatre in Boston, eight months in Branson (MO) at The Grand Palace Theatre and then completed two national tours. 15 years since its celebrated opening at the Arts Club Theatre Company (Vancouver), nearly 200 productions have been produced, entertaining well over two million people.
Recent runs include: Springer Opera House (GA), Stage West Calgary (AB), the Alhambra Dinner Theatre (FL), Lighthouse Festival Theatre (ON), Chemianus Theatre Festival (BC) and Theatre Albany (GA).
For information regarding Licensing and/or Production availability for A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline please use our contact page.
"This show has 'hit' stamped all over it." -Richmond-Times Dispatch (Richmond, VA, USA)
"The press can give no higher recommendation than to see this tribute to the music, the life and the times of Patsy Cline. You will feel that you are actually there as music history is made." -The Polk County Press (Orlando, FL, USA)
"This two hour evening is a foot-stomping, hand clapping, heartwarming delight for die-hard fans and the curious and uninitiated alike." -The Journal Gazette (Decatur, GA, USA)
"A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline is a beautifully done tribute to a great American singer." -The Sneak Preview (Ashland, OR, USA)
"Even with the aggressive sales goals we set for the show, we're currently at 257% of our single ticket goal. And we still have over two weeks left to sell tickets. Our Group Sales Department was able to climb to 120% of their goal, which was already the highest goal of the season." -Producer for Virginia Theatre (Richmond, VA, USA)
"The performances and music are sure to be a hit with Patsy Cline fans and may also create some new fans." -Middletown Journal (Middletown, OH, USA)
"The key to any production of this show is the singing. And, quite simply, it soars." -London Free Press (London, ON, Canada)
"A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline... is first-class entertainment that will charm country-music fans and non-country music fans alike... [A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline] gives folks the next best thing to the real Patsy." - Quad City Musicians News (Rock Island, IL, USA)
"A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline is the most polished show I've seen to date at the Chemainus Theatre Festival - and that's saying something." - Ladysmith Chronicle (British Columbia, Canada)