Republished by kind permission from Neals Paper.
Vocally, Jenny Lee Stern channels Patsy Cline. The clean, heartfelt sounds register. Physically, I kept seeing Judy Garland and began hoping Stern, a known chameleon from her Forbidden Broadway days, one day aims to portray that diva plus ultra.
Some book scenes don’t play as cleanly as in other productions of ALWAYS I’ve seen, and the tempo seems to drag here and there. Deborah Lynn Meier is fine as Patsy’s fan and friend, Louise, but she intrudes too much and unnecessarily.
In general, this is a good show that provides some excellent songs and a lot of entertainment. The night I was at the Media, the theater paid tribute to veterans. It was a heartwarming ceremony, and it was a honor to shake the hand of WWII medal winner, Walter Kolimaga.
[Media Theatre, State and Monroe, Media, Pa.] March 14-April 1, 2018; mediatheatre.org