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Monday, September 15, 2008

Perfectly Patsy Cline

Perfectly Patsy Cline

Zenia Zambrano Moura (left) as Patsy Cline and Suzanne Green (right) as Louise Seger.

Photo: Courtesy of Manoa Valley Theatre


Manoa Valley Theatre’s Always… Patsy Cline made me want to go back a second time for more.  Zenia Zambrano Moura is outstanding as Patsy Cline.  There is no recorded music here. Everything is live.  The Bodacious Bobcats Band is on-stage to entertain you throughout the show, while Moura’s beautiful Cline-like voice sings at least 27 of Patsy Cline’s best-known songs, including “I Fall To Pieces,” “You Belong To Me,” “Your Cheatin’ Heart” and “Crazy.”  It feels as if you are attending a concert, rather than a play at this Manoa Valley Theatre 40th Anniversary season opener.

Always… Patsy Cline, written by Ted Swindley, is based on a true story that follows Louise Seger’s passion for Patsy Cline’s music.  Louise is an outspoken, middle-aged single mom living in Texas who happens to meet Patsy Cline when she arrives to perform at a Houston honky tonk.  Although only meeting for one night, Louise and Patsy’s shared experiences of heartbreak and motherhood bring them together in a long-lasting friendship that continues long after in letters that were signed, “Love always, Patsy Cline.”

Hooting, hollering, whistling and dancing are all welcome at this performance. A makeshift bar, made to look like a Texas saloon, is set-up stage-right serving real drinks, while you sit cabaret-style around tables and watch Patsy Cline perform on-stage live at The Esquire Ballroom, The Arthur Godfrey Show and even at The Grand Ole Opry. 

Show times: Sept 17-18, 7:30 p.m.; Sept. 19, 8:00 p.m.  (Sept. 20 and 21 are sold out)
Tickets:  Adult: $35; Senior (65+), Season Subscriber’s Guest and Military: $30; Under age 26: $20
Location:  2833 East Manoa Road
Parking:  At the Manoa Valley Shopping Center, then walk over.

NOTICE:  Always... Patsy Cline has been extended through October 5!  Check their website for details at


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This Kamehameha Schools and UH graduate manages the website for HONOLULU. In her free time she researches Hawaiian genealogy, when she’s not out and about or taking care of her 5-year-old son. She blogs about Honolulu bars, Hawaii nightlife and entertainment.

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