Patsy Cline tribute
After her staggering success portraying Patsy Cline last
year at Theatre Orangeville, Leisa Way is returning to the
stage as the country legend one more time on Tuesday, May 2.
The one-night-only performance will mark the release of
Way's CD, Sweet Dreams -- The Music of Patsy Cline, which
features 13 tracks from last-year's record-breaking musical A
Closer Walk With Patsy Cline.
Although the structure of the show will differ from the
Theatre Orangeville musical that closed out last season,
audiences can expect Way to appear in costume for the one hour
and 15 minute concert.
Recording the CD, says Way, is something she never dreamed
But after audiences demanded a longer run of the show, and
at the urging of the band -- local area musicians Bob Hewus
(stand-up bass) and Bruce Ley (guitars and the producer of the
CD) as well as Toronto pianist/musician Michael Mulrooney and
Mississauga drummer Dave Wilson -- she decided to take the
plunge into the project.
"I thought, well, maybe if everybody is telling me to do
this, this means I should just do it," says the Orangeville
But her reasons go much deeper than success.
As a little girl, growing up in northern Ontario, she was
immersed in music. Her parents would just sit around and play
music -- country music, she recalls -- and they'd get her to
sing for them.
Being too shy to perform in front of an audience, Way
remembers she would go into another room and sing from there.
"I'd go into the kitchen and just belt it out," she laughs.
"I wasn't shy when people couldn't see me."
Way says it wasn't until the Pasty musical that she really
began to sing country again. This CD, her first-ever
recording, is also a tribute to her late father and her
"My mom and dad instilled in me that great love for all
music," she says.
It's also, in part, a thank-you to Theatre Orangeville for
giving her the opportunity to star in the musical, and to the
band for being so supportive. That's why her May 2 performance
will be a fundraiser event for the theatre.
"Being able to do that show at home, at Theatre
Orangeville, surrounded by amazing support ... was one of the
most enjoyable experiences of my life," Way says.
In just under a year, the group managed to put together the
CD. Many of the songs were recorded in one take -- just like
Cline did in her day, notes Way.
She says recording music is quite a contrast from live
performance, in that the songs on the CD are permanent.
"As a live performer, I do a performance and it's gone,"
"But having to listen to myself over and over [on the CD]
... well, I don't sound like I thought I did. It took a lot of
getting used too," she laughs.
Songs on the CD include audience favourites, I Fall to
Pieces, Walkin' After Midnight, Faded Love, Bill Bailey and,
of course, Cline's greatest hit, Crazy.
Jo Wright of Theatre Orangeville says tickets to the
upcoming performance aren't going to last.
"We had so many people requesting an extended run for A
Closer Walk With Patsy Cline," she says. "When people hear
that Leisa is back to do Patsy, tickets are going to go so
The evening, which begins at 7:30 p.m., will start with
wine and hors d'oeuvres and will be followed by dessert and
coffee and the opportunity to meet Way. The CD will also be
available for purchase.
For tickets and information call 942-3423.