Playhouse – Katie Deal
September 14 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm$22.50
Growing up in the foothills of the North Georgia mountains, Katie Deal gained an early appreciation for all things country and all things musical. From her mother’s smooth contralto voice and her grandmother’s lively accordion, to her father’s lullabies and family reunions of pickin’ and grinnin’, music was everywhere. By the time Katie was eight years old, she was regularly performing at church, competing in 4-H, clogging in county fairs and tapping down the grocery store aisles. Wherever she went, there was sure to be a show. Not much has changed.
By the age of sixteen, Katie had taught herself guitar and had become a regular act at local restaurants and coffee shops. Her diverse influences, including Barbra Streisand, Joni Mitchell, and a little bit of Hank Sr., resulted in haunting melodies, candid lyrics and unique, folksy covers. While attending college, Katie discovered another love: theatre. Upon graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre from Piedmont College, Katie packed a single suitcase, said goodbye to her home in the hills and headed west for her first professional theatre gig in Memphis, Tennessee. It was there that she began her portrayal of her childhood hero, Patsy Cline. Since the role of Patsy had already been cast, Katie begged for the understudy role, and was given one performance a week for a total of six weeks. By combining her two loves: country music and theatre, Katie had found her niche, and audiences couldn’t agree more.
Since then, she has traveled the country wowing fans with her uncanny portrayal of Ms. Patsy Cline. With two sell-out national tours and numerous productions in Georgia, Pennsylvania, Texas and Wyoming, Katie has procured a national following.
About “Katie Deal in Today, Tomorrow & Forever: A Tribute to Patsy Cline”…
Having sold out two national tours of “A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline,” Katie takes the stage with her own story of how the music and style of Patsy Cline have changed her life forever. With a new take on nostalgia, Katie’s one-woman show, “Katie Deal in Today, Tomorrow & Forever: A Tribute to Patsy Cline” features a live band, tight harmonies and a powerhouse singer. In this tribute, you’ll learn a little bit about Katie, a little bit about Ms. Patsy, and a lot about why Patsy’s music is loved by so many. While there will only ever be one Patsy Cline, Katie Deal sure does play a mean second fiddle.
As a seasoned professional and a member of Actors Equity Association, Katie’s approach to Ms. Cline’s music is authentic and earnest. In “Katie Deal in Today, Tomorrow & Forever: A Tribute to Patsy Cline,” Katie truly captures the essence of Patsy with her energy, emotion and devotion to the subtle details in Patsy’s tremendous voice all the while spinning a tale of her own.
While the raw power and versatility of Katie’s voice has been heard in such roles as Aldonza in “Man of La Mancha,” as a starlet in Duke Ellington’s “Sophisticated Ladies,” or as a soul-singer in “Smokey Joe’s Café,” to deny her red clay roots would be remiss. Because of her authentic folk sound, many producers consider her their “go-to gal” when it comes to country music.