To kick off its 2017-18 Professional Series, TexARTS pays tribute to a music legend with the regional premier of A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline by Dean Regan. Starring Lilly Lane Stafford, the show runs July 14-30 at the Kam and James Morris Theatre in Lakeway. Patsy Cline defined the term “crossover hit” by dominating the country, blues, pop and gospel charts of the 1950’s and early 1960’s. Featuring over 20 of Patsy’s unforgettable hits, this toe tappin’, foot stompin’ tribute traces her career from the early days of singing in honky tonks, through her rise to fame at the Grand Ole Opry, to her triumph at Carnegie Hall. You’ll love takin’ this closer walk with the down-home girl who became a country music legend. Lilly Lane Stafford takes on the title role of Patsy Cline. She is a recent graduate of the musical theatre program at UT-Austin. She returns to TexARTS having recently performed in The Marvelous Wonderettes. Austin audiences will recognize her from her role as Jo March in the recent UT production of Little Women. “A lot of what made Patsy so unique as an artist was her ability to convey such raw emotion through the sound of her voice,” said Stafford. “There is such specificity in every word she sings, and the heart of the song is so accessible.” Joining Stafford is Austin actor Tyler Jones. Jones has made a name for himself appearing on stages throughout the city. He was recently seen playing Mr. Banks in Zach Theatre’s Mary Poppins. Some of the cast dropped past Studio 1A to give us a sneak peak of the show. Check out the full session below before going to check them out yourself at the Kam and James Morris Theater!