Always...Patsy Cline 

What Becomes a Legend Most?

What Becomes a Legend Most?
Twenty years ago, writer/producer Ted Swindley crafted a one-act play tailored specifically to a local Texas audience. The setting was Houston, and the story involved a devoted fan of Patsy Cline, who begins a pen-pal correspondence with the country legend. Swindley's modest opus has since burgeoned into a national phenomenon as the author expanded his script, interspersed the action with all the songs that Patsy made famous and eventually presented the show on a grander scale in Nashville in 1994, starring a then-18-year-old Mandy Barnett. Barnett reprised her role at the Ryman Auditorium in 2000, and the show has returned to the venerable hall for a limited run now in its final weekend. Swindley has reworked the script a bit, adding more dialogue for the Cline character and throwing in some additional songs, in what he calls the "signature production." Barnett is back, her voice more mature and strong as ever--and an eerie approximation of Cline's original inspiration--and actress Tere Myers also returns in the role of the just-folks lady who receives revealing letters from her idol.
Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays. Starts: May 6. Continues through May 23, 2009

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