Patsy Cline lived a short life, yet she managed to become an American music icon. Ten years after her death she became the first woman to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Today, there is an array of books, documentaries, films, and theater plays that portray her life and her music.
One such theater play, entitled “Always… Patsy Cline,” will open on July 31 at the Sierra Madre Playhouse, and ahead of its opening, there is a free listening party scheduled at the Vroman’s Bookstore in Hastings Ranch this July 17 at 6 p.m.
At the listening party, you will be able to hear Patsy Cline recordings and learn from the Sierra Madre Playhouse’s production’s cast about the unique vocal style, that contralto, blue-ish, sound that she used to evoke the heartbreak, the romance, and the pain that made songs like Willie Nelson’s “Crazy” into unforgettable classics.
Patsy Cline’s life was brief and both tremendously successful and tragic. You should enjoy learning about the highs and lows of her career, and perhaps the listening party will motivate you to later attend the show at the Playhouse. “Always… Patsy Cline” presents the singer from the memories of her good friend Louise Seger, and based on the active, years-long, pen-pal relationship between the two that lasted until the artist died in a 1963 plane crash.
Vroman’s Bookstore Hastings Ranch is located at 3729 E. Foothill Blvd., in Pasadena 91107. The event is free of charge.
“And yet the hand that brings the rose tonight
Is the hand I will hold
For the rose of love means more to me
More than any rich man’s gold.”
- “A Poor Man’s Roses” – in the voice of Patsy Cline
Photo: Patsy Cline at the Mint Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, circa 1962 – Wiki Commons