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Review: Comic performance brings levity to 'Patsy Cline' musical

Review: Comic performance brings levity to 'Patsy Cline' musical

Country singer Patsy Cline’s untimely death at age 30 in a 1963 plane crash was a tragedy. But a new local production of the tribute musical “Always … Patsy Cline” is anything but.

Thanks to the engaging and in-the-moment comic performance of show co-star Cathy Barnett, the production of “Always” that opened Wednesday at North Coast Repertory Theatre was unexpectedly hilarious.

Ted Swindley’s 1988 musical is based on the true story of the friendship between Cline and Houston single mom Louise Seger. After meeting at a concert, they exchanged letters for two years until Cline’s death. The musical gets its name from the sign-off that Cline used at the end of every...

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