The Plaza Theatre Invites You to Take A CLOSER WALK WITH PATSY CLINE

Julie Johnson stars as America's favorite country music sweetheart in Dean Regan's musical tribute, "A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline." Co-starring Steve Barcus, the musical will be presented by the Plaza Theatre and Mark Bell, at the Plaza Theatre in Garland November 11, 12, 13 and 18, 19 and 20, 2016.

This production is sanctioned by the Patsy Cline Estate. Tickets are priced from $25-$40, and are available by calling 817-579-0952 or may be purchased online at www.GranburyTheatreCompany.org. Show performances will be Friday and Saturday nights at 7 p.m., with matinees Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m.

A loving tribute to country music's most enduring superstar, the musical journey traces the legendary singer's rise from her hometown in Winchester,Virginia to the Grand Ole Opry, Las Vegas and Carnegie Hall. Patsy Cline defined the term "crossover hit" by dominating country, blues, pop and gospel charts simultaneously in the 1950s and early '60s.

Featuring 21 of Patsy's greatest hits, the musical tribute includes Walkin' After Midnight, Sweet Dreams, I Fall to Pieces, Crazy, She's Got You, Seven Lonely Days and the title song, A Closer Walk with Thee.

Born Virginia Patterson Hensley September 8, 1932 in Virginia, Patsy was always spunky and devoted to music. She quit school at 15 to work in a drug store and help support her single mother and her younger brother and sister. In return, her mother dedicated her spare time to helping Patsy's career, and drove her to Nashville when she was only 16 for her first Grand Ole Opry audition. Patsy was never shy about self-promotion and impressed everyone the moment they heard her.

Ironically, her musical talent was never really rewarded until Walkin' After Midnight, which was recorded 10 years after she began singing professionally. Her incredible musical rendition of this song on the Arthur Godfrey Talent Scouts in 1957 not only won the contest, but finally set her on the road to the acclaim she deserved. It was followed three years later by the memorable I Fall to Pieces. Then came Crazy (written by Willie Nelson), She's Got You, Leavin' on Your Mind, Sweet Dreams, and Faded Love. Her last single release was A Closer Walk with Thee.

She realized her lifetime ambition of joining the Grand Ole Opry in 1960 and won 10 awards at the WSM Country Music Festival. In the early 1960s Patsy's life began settling down-just as her career began to pick up. Two children, a dream home, and a stack of hit records were finally hers, but she would not be able to enjoy them long. Patsy Cline died in an airplane crash March 5, 1963, while hurrying back to her family after a benefit concert in Kansas City.

Patsy's enduring musical legacy is witnessed by the fact that she is the number one juke-box play in the world. Her Greatest Hits album has sold over 9 million copies, and has been in first place for over 200 weeks of her 700 weeks on Billboard's "Top Country Catalog Albums." On March 1, 1995, Patsy was memorialized with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, and on August 3, 1999, she was inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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