Patsy Cline tribute comes to Johnstown
BY KAYLA PONGRAC
Our Town Correspondent
The 2019-20 season at Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center continues with the first performance of 2020: Walkin’ After Midnight: A Tribute to Patsy Cline.
This performance is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 12 at PPAC in Richland Township.
Executive Director Michael Bodolosky said that audiences will be in for “an excellent show.”
Broadway actress Carter Calvert will portray Cline. She portrayed Cline in the Broadway show “Always ... Patsy Cline” opposite Emmy Award-winning actress Sally Struthers.
“Carter’s is the closest voice I’ve heard come to Patsy Cline’s,” Bodolosky said.
Cline will be joined by onstage by her husband’s band, The Roger Cohen Quartet, which features Cohen on drums, Eugene Gwozdz on piano, Stephen Benson on guitar and Shane Aaserud on bass.
According to her official website, www.cartercalvert.com, Calvert is “best known for originating her role in the Tony-nominated Broadway musical ‘It Ain’t Nothin’ But The Blues’ alongside Grammy-winning jazz vocalist Gregory Porter.” In addition to acting, Calvert is also a voice-over and recording artist.
During her performance, Calvert will sing and share information about some of Cline’s most-loved songs, including “Crazy,” “I Fall To Pieces,” “She’s Got You” and “Walkin’ After Midnight.”
The show is divided into two acts; during the first, Calvert will sing approximately 12 songs, and during the second, approximately 14.
“This is our first Patsy Cline tribute at the PPAC,” Bodolosky said, “and this is definitely a family-oriented show.”
The next show on the line-up for PPAC’s 2019-2020 season will take place beginning at 7:30 p.m. March 5. That’s when The Golden Dragon Acrobats, a Chinese acrobatic troupe, will visit the venue, which is located on the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown campus.
“They are outstanding,” Bodolsky said. “It’s amazing what they can do. They’re so well-trained and their athleticism is just remarkable.”
The acrobats are natives of the city of Cangzhou; all are athletes, actors and artists. According to their website, they have toured worldwide, visiting all 50 states and 65 countries. They made their Broadway debut in 2005 at New Victory Theatre, and their show was nominated for two Drama Desk Awards.
The Golden Dragon Acrobats was founded in 1985 by Danny Chang, who serves as the producer and director for the troupe’s shows. They strive to “promote the art and beauty of Chinese Acrobatics, bridging cultures and traditions through the amazing skills and talents of professional artists.” They use both traditional and state-of-the-art acrobatic styles, and every year, a newly auditioned company of artists from China have the opportunity to perform in the touring production.
Tickets for Walkin’ After Midnight: A Tribute to Patsy Cline and The Golden Dragon Acrobats are on sale now and can be purchased by calling 814-269-7200, by visiting www.upjarts.org or in-person at the venue’s box office.