Directed with heart of the season by Nicholas Reinhart and choreography/associate direction by the fabulous Dina DiCostanzo, this enchanting musical highlighting young female empowerment will certainly have a long, successful future following this year’s understatedly triumphant premiere.
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Parody is usually best when the person writing it loves the genre. Obviously, Larry Todd Cousineau, who wrote the book and lyrics, loves reality competition shows. The detail and tone of the shows are obvious to anyone who has even watched them once.
You might grow tired of this incessant rhyming, but you won’t of Francis Gadbois’ comedic timing.
Christina Hall has a history with Always…Patsy Cline; she played the title part at Theo Ubique five years ago, and it crops up elsewhere on her regional resume. There’s a reason for that: she’s damn good at being Patsy Cline.
And so first kudos in this review belong to Costume Designer Theresa Ham and the team of Paramount wardrobers, among the hardest working folks in the biz.