In all my years of living in Winnipeg, I have never been to Rainbow Stage.
What I discovered at last Sunday’s matinee, June 15, is that Winnipeggers love Rainbow Stage so much they will stand in line in the pouring rain to purchase tickets. The musical performance of Patsy Cline, played by Canadian actress and singer, Natasha O’Brien, was brilliant.
The acting D.J. explained historical data throughout the performance such as, Patsy Cline started out at WINC 92.5 radio in Winchester, Virginia. She became an overnight success at the top of the charts and then a regular on the Jimmy Dean Show in what was predominantly a man’s country music world in the 1950’s.
The D.J. was right on cue as Cline’s four all male back-up singers comically smoked cigarettes and drank coffee in between their singing on radio commercials of Mr. Clean and Ajax Cleanser. It was just like peering into mom’s kitchen back in the 50’s.
The stage changed several times throughout the performance from scenes of the Grand Ole Opry, to the big band music of Carnegie Hall, New York City, and finally to The Mint Casino, Las Vegas (now Binyions), where Patsy Cline sang in 1962-63, until the fatal plane crash in the Spring of 1963.
I closed my eyes throughout the performance and the nostalgic sound was like listening to my old original 33 rpm records.
At $59.50 per ticket, the show was worth it.
Will I go back to Rainbow Stage? You bet your boots I will!
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