On Wednesday, Dec. 11 at 7:30 p.m., the Deane Center for the Performing Arts and KC101.5 will present Penny Eckman, “The voice of Patsy Cline” in concert at the Coolidge Theatre at 104 Main St. in Wellsboro.
This popular entertainer will sing holiday favorites, such as “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” “White Christmas” and “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas. She will also perform Patsy Cline songs such as “Sweet Dreams,” “Crazy” and Walkin’ After Midnight.”
Eckman started singing at an early age. A professional singer with more than 29 years of experience, she has been performing country rock to classic rock from the late 1970s through today. She formed the rock band Shylock Foxx in 1990 and in 2013 created her blues band, Penny and the Shylocks.
“Penny is great in front of an audience and can sing like nobody else in this area,” said Thomas Putnam, Hamilton-Gibson Productions artistic director. “Our relationship with Penny began when she auditioned for the lead role in ‘Always, Patsy Cline,’ an H-G musical production. She won that role over 20 singers. She knew how to dig into Patsy’s style and yet make the songs her own,” said Putnam.
Eckman went on to develop her own one woman show “Penny Sings Patsy” and has since performed Cline’s music at well over 300 concerts in multiple venues up and down the East Coast and into the Midwest.
“We’ve done other musicals with Penny since then,” Putnam said, adding, “She has played Mama Rose in ‘Gypsy,’ Sophie Tucker, the hairdresser in ‘Second Samuel’ and Mame. She’s also performed in our three Leading Ladies concerts, singing the signature songs of many top-notch vocalists. Penny is versatile. People are amazed by the wide range of styles she can handle.”
This is a BYOB event. Audience members are welcome to bring beverages and snacks. Seating will be cabaret-style. Tickets are $20. For tickets and to reserve a table, call (570) 724-6220 or visit www.deanecenter.com.