(Culpeper Times) CURTAIN CALLS: Still crazy for ‘Patsy Cline’

One thing sets this production apart from countless other Patsy Cline tributes: the fortuitous pairing of Carter Calvert in the title role and Sally Struthers as Louise. What could be a pleasantly pastel evening of mildly amusing narrative and great songs is now a kick-to-the-head, thousand-watt star power night of music and comedy.

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DC Metro Theatre Arts Review: ‘Always Patsy Cline’ at Riverside Center for the Performing Arts

Riverside Center for the Performing Arts and Producing Artistic Director Patrick A’Hearn present Always Patsy Cline. Created by Ted Swindley, the show is inspired by the true story of an unlikely friendship between Cline and a Houston-based fan named Louise Seger, and gets its title from the sign-off of the letters between Patsy and Louise, from which the material is based. Carter Calvert and Sally Struthers make a perfect duo as Patsy and Louise, their dynamic onstage chemistry having ripened over a span of seven years (and counting!) touring together in these roles.

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Free Lance-Star: 'Always ... Patsy Cline' is a heart-warmer and a hoot

Meeting your favorite singer is a dream for many, but for one lucky fan that became a reality and turned into a cherished friendship.

Always … Patsy Cline,” now onstage at the Riverside Center for the Performing Arts, shares the true story about how one divorced mother of two formed a special bond with a country music legend.

Playwright Ted Swindley weaves together more than 25 songs into this incredibly heartwarming and surprisingly funny show, starring Broadway actress Carter Calvert as the Winchester-born singer and TV icon Sally Struthers as super fan Louise Seger.

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Sally Struthers and Carter Calvert preview Always...Patsy Cline with Town Talk's Ted Schubel

Listen to Carter Calvert (Patsy Cline) and Sally Struthers (Louise Seger) preview our current production of Always...Patsy Cline at Riverside alongside Producing Artistic Director, Patrick A'Hearn and Town Talk's Ted Schubel (NewsTalk 1230 WFVA). 

Always...Patsy Cline runs now through July 15, 2018. Tickets are available via our website or by calling our box office at 540-370-4300!

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Riverside Center's Producing Artistic Director Patrick A'Hearn previews 'Always...Patsy Cline'

Listen to Riverside Center's Producing Artistic Director preview our current production of Always...Patsy Cline at Riverside alongside Town Talk's Ted Schubel (NewsTalk 1230 WFVA). 

Always...Patsy Cline runs now through July 15, 2018. Tickets are available via our website or by calling our box office at 540-370-4300!

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Free Lance-Star: Fall to pieces with 'Always ... Patsy Cline' at Riverside Center

The new show at Riverside Center for the Performing Arts is a love fest on many levels.

For starters, it zooms in on Winchester-bred country music icon Patsy Cline. How can you not love her?

Secondly, it stars the always wonderful Sally Struthers as well as her equally bedazzling counterpart Carter Calvert. Glad we have your attention!

And third, well, there are positive vibes galore and we’ll touch more on that in a bit.

Always ... Patsy Cline,” a musical play about Cline’s unique bond with Houston fan Louise Seger, owns the Riverside stage through July 15.

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DC Metro Theatre Arts: Riverside Center for the Performing Arts in Fredericksburg, VA, Presents ‘Always…Patsy Cline’

Emmy Award-winning actress Sally Struthers returns for her fifth engagement at the Riverside Center for the Performing Arts in Fredericksburg, Virginia, as Louise Seger in Always…Patsy Cline opening on May 16. She will be joined by Broadway veteran Carter Calvert starring as Patsy Cline. Both ladies are no strangers to these roles and most recently performed in the show together at the North Carolina Theatre in Raleigh. Located at 95 Riverside Parkway, Fredericksburg, Virginia, performances will run until July 15.

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BWW Washington DC: Emmy Award Winner Sally Struthers Returns To Riverside

Emmy Award-winning actress Sally Struthers returns for her fifth engagement at the Riverside Center for the Performing Arts in Fredericksburg, Virginia as Louise Seger in Always Patsy Cline opening on May 16th. She will be joined by Broadway veteran, Carter Calvert starring as Patsy Cline. Both ladies are no strangers to these roles and most recently performed in the show together at the North Carolina Theatre in Raleigh. Located at 95 Riverside Parkway, Fredericksburg, VA, performances will run until July 15th.

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BWW Norfolk: Sally Struthers Returns for A Fifth Engagement at the Riverside Center for the Performing Arts


Emmy Award-winning actress Sally Struthersreturns for her fifth engagement at the Riverside Center for the Performing Arts in Fredericksburg, Virginia as Louise Seger in Always Patsy Cline opening on May 16th. She will be joined by Broadway veteran, Carter Calvert starring as Patsy Cline. Both ladies are no strangers to these roles and most recently performed in the show together at the North Carolina Theatre in Raleigh. Located at 95 Riverside Parkway, Fredericksburg, VA, performances will run until July 15th.

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Letter to the Editor: "Quasimodo moving in show at Riverside"

No words are adequate to describe the moving performance of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” at Riverside Dinner Theater.

It was genius to have the actor playing Quasimodo walk forward on stage as himself—a tall handsome young man—talking about his character, putting on the hunchback shirt, tousling his hair, leaning downward and loping across the stage, then speaking in the voice of the horribly disfigured cripple.

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[Culpeper Times] CURTAIN CALLS: ‘Hunchback’ rings out 20th season

But what of Quasimodo himself?  There’s a fine balance that must be struck between strength and unconscious pathos. The physical deformity must be dominant, but not overworked; the voice struggling to be understood, but not too self-aware. A new face on Riverside’s stage, Justin Luciano, fulfills the most demanding expectation. His is a stand-out performance in a production filled with superlatives.

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Riverside Center's The Hunchback of Notre Dame on CBS 6's Virginia This Morning!

The Riverside Center For The Performing Arts brings "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" to their stage in Fredericksburg.

Actors Thomas Adrian Simpson and Justin Luciano along with producing artistic director, Patrick A'Hearn stopped by the studio to share about bringing classic tale to the stage. Riverside Center For The Performing Arts presents The Hunchback of Notre Dame now through Sunday, May 6 At The Riverside Center For The Performing Arts in Fredericksburg.

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BWW Review: Riverside Center Hits The Right Notes with HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME Regional Premiere

Boasting an impressive production and stellar cast, Riverside Center for the Performing Arts is presenting the professional DC-Northern Virginia regional premiere of the dark and romantic musical THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME. It is well worth the trip along Interstate 95 to hear the rich score and lyrics by Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz, respectively, and be taken in by the sumptuous production, one of the biggest I have had the pleasure of seeing at this venue.

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Free Lance-Star Review: What makes a monster and what makes a man? Riverside's 'Hunchback of Notre Dame'

From the ominous opening melody to the crashing “Finale Ultimo,” Riverside Center for the Performing Arts’ production of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” seduces a depth of fascination from audience members not often seen at the dinner theater.

An ambitious production, led by Justin Luciano as Quasimodo and Thomas Adrian Simpson as Dom Claude Frollo, sends chills through the viewer, repeatedly inspiring the desired mix of horror and delight. The 18-person cast, the largest in Riverside history, is backed by a chorus of 20 and accompanied by a nine-piece orchestra.

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Letter to the Editor: "Riverside show a treat in all respects"

On Thursday evening, my wife and I and another couple had the great pleasure of attending a spectacular performance of "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" at the Riverside Dinner Theater.

This production is based on the classic Victor Hugo novel, and is highly theatrical and entertaining. The cast, along with the Stafford Regional Choral Society, provided a most professional and entertaining production.

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DCMetroTheaterArts Review: ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’ at Riverside Center for the Performing Arts

Riverside Center for the Performing Arts presents The Hunchback of Notre Dame, with music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, and book by Peter Parnell. Based on the Victor Hugo novel and songs from the Disney film, Riverside is the first theatre in the metropolitan area to premiere its regional debut! Director Patrick A’Hearn leads this grand production–the largest at Riverside to date.

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Ring the bells: 'The Hunchback of Notre Dame' swings into Riverside

Riverside Center for the Performing Arts is ending its 20th season with a big ol’ bang.

A cast of 18, community choir of 22 and nine-piece orchestra are sharing the stage for “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”—the theater’s largest production ever. The epic musical owns the stage now through May 6, with performances Wednesdays through Sundays.

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Justin Luciano and Thomas Adrian Simpson Preview Riverside Center's The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Opening March 14)!

Listen to Justin Luciano (Quasimodo) and Thomas Adrian Simpson (Dom Claude Frollo) preview our upcoming production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame at Riverside alongside Producing Artistic Director, Patrick A'Hearn and Town Talk's Ted Schubel (NewsTalk 1230 WFVA). 

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Riverside Center for the Performing Arts presents The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Riverside Center for the Performing Arts in Fredericksburg, Virginia is excited to be the first regional theater in the metropolitan area to present The Hunchback of Notre Dame, starring Justin Luciano as Quasimodo and Thomas Adrian Simpson as Dom Claude Frollo. Located at 95 Riverside Parkway, Fredericksburg, VA, performances begin on March 14th and run until Sunday, May 6th.

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BWW Review: MAMMA MIA Proves A Super Trouper in Regional Premiere at Riverside Center

The view looks pretty good from a pair of platform shoes. Heck, even on an idyllic, Greek island resort there's not a moment of stress and strain that can't be cured by breaking into the hits of Sweden's number one pop group, ABBA.

Located just south of the metropolitan DMV area (off of I-95), Riverside has grabbed MAMMA MIA! ahead of tons of other professional theatres, so they are rightly boasting a regional premiere for this production, running through March 4. From what I could tell during my visit, audiences are responding favorably and want to get their ABBA fix - along with a Greek-inspired menu that had me shouting "Opa!"

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