‘Always … Patsy Cline’ opens Lyric Arts’ 2017-2018 season

Staff Writer
Since 2013, I have primarily covered the Anoka-Hennepin and Spring Lake Park school districts as well as the city of Spring Lake Park for ABC Newspapers.

To explore the famous friendship between country star Patsy Cline and one of her biggest fans, Texas homemaker Louise Seger, “Always … Patsy Cline” demands two strong actresses to carry the show.

Gracie Anderson reprises her role as Patsy Cline in Lyric Arts’ upcoming production of “Always ... Patsy Cline.” Photo courtesy of Lyric Arts
Gracie Anderson reprises her role as Patsy Cline in Lyric Arts’ upcoming production of “Always … Patsy Cline.” Photo courtesy of Lyric Arts

Gracie Anderson, reprising her role as Cline, and Kate Beahen, stepping in as Seger, will bring tremendous talent to the Lyric Arts Main Street Stage during the musical’s run Sept. 8 through Oct. 1, director Matt McNabb promises.

“Kate Beahen’s portrayal of Louise Seger is heartfelt, hilarious and surprisingly moving,” he said. “She brings her own brand of humor to the show. Gracie Anderson is one of the best performers in town. It’s a real treat to watch.”

Anderson played Cline last October at Lyric Arts with Betti Battocletti as Seger.

In a two-act, 85-minute run, 27 of Cline’s biggest hits, including “Crazy,” “Walkin’ After Midnight” and “Sweet Dreams,” are featured, accompanied by The Bodacious Bobcats band.

The musical focuses on the night Seger learns of 30-year-old Cline’s death in a plane crash in 1963.

The show is recommended for ages 12 and up.

The curtain rises at 7 p.m. Thursdays, 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays.

Tickets range from $30-$34. To purchase tickets, visit www.lyricarts.org.

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