Here is another experience from the famous Alhambra Theater & Dining, where you can “close your eyes and imagine” the melodious tunes of the comparable Gail Bliss who sings and performs as Virginia Hensley; Ms Patsy Cline. Gail epitomizes the very essence of Patsy Cline – from Patsy’s early career up until her untimely death. Gail is also a ‘master of costume changes’ (from different eras) that she portrays during her shows.
As stated in a previous article Ms Gail Bliss was chosen, by Mr. Charlie Dick (Patsy Cline’s husband), because of her resemblance to Patsy – in voice, talent and in stature. The Video & Slide Show to your left are the actual recordings of Gail Bliss during her portrayal of Patsy Cline at the Alhambra in Jacksonville, Florida (permission for video given by Ms. Bliss and Craig Smith – all rights reserved).
The ‘Dinner Show’ also includes a “live 6 piece band” (violinist, guitar, steel guitar, base fiddle, drummer and pianist), and a ‘Radio DJ’ who plays a dual role as a ‘stand-up comedian’ too. Just as in “It’s a Wonderful Life”; the radio announcer brings back memories of commercials such as: “Mr/Clean”, “Winston Cigarettes”, “Ajax Foaming Cleanser”, “Stand Back Analgesic Powder” & “Ajax Laundry Detergent”
Below are the songs that were sung by Gail during her performance at the Alhambra. Each YouTube video has remarkable pictures of Patsy Cline.
“Make Yourself at Home”, “Your Cheating Heart”, “Rhythm in My Soul”, “Seven Lonely Days”, “Walkin’ After Midnight”, “Stop, Look and Listen”, “Faded Love”, “Just a Closer Walk With Thee”, “Lovesick Blues”, “I Love You So Much it Hurts”, “If There’s a New Love in Your Heart”, “Blue Moon of Kentucky”, “She’s Got You”, “Back In Baby’s Arms”, “Sweet Dreams” (Jessica Lang trailer), “I Fall To Pieces”, “Won’t You Come Home Bill Bailey”, “Crazy”, a repeat of “Just a Closer Walk With Thee” and “Shake Rattle and Roll”. Now that’s a show!!!
Katie Willmott – 13 years old, came to the show with her Aunt’s & Uncle. She told this reporter that she enjoyed the music, and she was having a good time.
You’ve got to experience the evening (or matinee) for yourself.
It not too late to get in on the action and enjoy a fantastic dinner & the ambiance of:
Alhambra Theater & Dining
12000 Beach Blvd.
Jacksonville, Florida 32246
“A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline”– Showtime Information:
December 31, 2010 – February 14, 2011
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