Patsy Cline musical biopic set for Juneau revival

Show to play six performances at Marlintini's Lounge

Posted: Thursday, March 02, 2006

A year after selling out all but one Thursday show at Marlintini's Lounge, the cast and crew of "Always ... Patsy Cline" are remounting the country-music biopic for six more shows at the Mendenhall Valley bar.

Juneau actress/singer Patricia Hull returns as Patsy Cline, the legendary songstress of the 1950s and early 1960s. Cline died in a plane crash at age 30.

New York playwright Ted Swindley based "Always ... Patsy Cline" on a series of interviews with Louise Seger, who befriended Cline in 1961 and remained one of her close friends. The play premiered in Houston in 1988.

what: "always patsy cline"

when: 8 p.m. fridays, march 3 and 10; 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. saturdays, march 4 and 11

where: marlintini's lounge

tickets: advance, $15 for adults, $13 for students/seniors at both hearthside books stores; paradise cafe, 245 marine way; and the juneau arts and humanities council, 206 n. franklin st. at the door, $2 more. tickets will not be at marlintini's before the night of the show. all proceeds to go to the arts council.

rules: admission is 21 and over. minors must be accompanied by a legal guardian. all shows are smoke-free.

Grace Elliott co-stars as Seger, and Charlotte Carroll is back as the director. Cline's backup band, the Bodacious Bobcats, includes John Knight (steel guitar), Mark Knight (bass), Leo Bayeur (lead guitar), Riley Woodford (rhythm guitar) and Rob Mueller (drums). The Knights often play at The Sandbar as The Knight Riders. Mueller didn't play in last year's production.

Last year's version include 21 Cline songs. They've added one, a Texas swing dance number called "I Love You Honey."

"The show has a different energy, and it is a different experience," Hull said. "Some things are not completely instinctive, and I don't have to think about them, which in a way is wonderful and in a way is kind of scary. It's coming from a really different place. It's coming from a real long-time memory and I think it's going to add to an interesting flavor to the show."

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