Always… Patsy Cline

Always…Patsy Cline
Sonoma Arts Live
Runs through July 29 in Sonoma

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The Jordanaires, Danielle DeBow as Patsy Cline, Karen Pinomaki as Louise. Photo: Eric Chazankin

Celebrity tribute shows are always tricky, as audiences will inevitably compare the imitation with the original, and too often the imitation fails to deliver the desired satisfaction of the remembered icon. Sonoma Arts Live takes the gamble with its current production of Always…Patsy Cline (created by Ted Swindley in 1988), but the gamble pays off in a wonderfully entertaining and engaging tribute to the much-loved and memorable Cline. Top-notch talents, excellent music, and attractive production elements add up to a captivating and poignant stroll through the country star’s songbook.

Kudos to director Michael Ross for casting Danielle DeBow to play Cline. A favorite on local stages, DeBow clearly has done her homework in bringing this country legend to life. Of course no one will be exactly like Cline, but that’s okay—DeBow captures enough of the signature vocal inflections and the demeanor to evoke admiration and awaken cherished memories. Audible sighs of appreciation from the audience when she launched into Cline’s hits such as “Walkin’ After Midnight” or “I Fall to Pieces” gave evidence of sincere gratitude for the skillful song renditions. DeBow’s version of “Crazy” generated obvious approval and thankful applause both before and after. There are over 25 songs in the show, covering nearly all of Cline’s chart-topping hits—a veritable feast for her fans. …

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Always…Patsy Cline