Never the shrinking Southern belle, Patsy Cline broke the mold for a generation of female country music stars. Before Cline, female country musicians were "window dressing" for male stars--she changed all of that as a top-billed star. She refused to be introduced as "pretty Miss Patsy Cline," preferring more personal introductions, like Johnny Cash's famous, "the one and only Patsy Cline."
And now, Stagecoach Theatre is celebrating her life by presenting Always, Patsy Cline, a musical (of course) chronicling Cline's unique life and career until her tragic death in a plane crash in 1963. When she died, she was only 30 years old, demonstrating just how much impact she had in her short life. The play--expanded from the biography Honky Tonk Angel: The Intimate Story of Patsy Cline--centers on the friendship Cline formed with fan Louise Seger. The two met before Cline's performance at The Esquire Ballroom in Houston, and continued to correspond until Cline's death. In addition, the play features her music, including her famous songs "Crazy," "Walking After Midnight" and "I Fall to Pieces."[ Video is no longer available. ]