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TNB alumnus delivers a toe-tapping tribute to a country music legend!

by on March 19, 2012

On Saturday March 24th at 7:30pm the fanfare will strike up at TheFredericton Playhouse as Leisa Way and The Wayward Wind explode onstage in a flurry of feathers, fringe and bejeweled finery in a tribute to Dolly Parton that has left audiences everywhere clamoring for more! Rhinestone Cowgirl is packed with humour, charisma, and the songs that have made the Tennessee-born “Queen of Country Music” a household name.

Also loved for her Patsy Cline tributes, Leisa Way is entertaining and hilarious as Parton, and is backed by a band with a host of impressive credits of their own. With Tommy Hunter’s pianist, Holly Cole’s guitarist, Sylvia Tyson’s bass player, Shania Twain’s fiddler, and an accomplished drummer who also writes for TMZ Television and The Ellen DeGeneres Show, how can you go wrong?

Way is no stranger to the stage, or the Maritimes, having worked with her good friend and famed local playwright Norm Foster multiple times. Her favourite experience with Foster was sharing the stage with him in The Love List, which played in 6 theatres across Canada, including Neptune Theatre in Halifax. “I adore sharing the stage with Norm…working with him is an exercise in how to do comedy,” says Way. “Norm is a master at comedy, both as a playwright and an actor, and I have never enjoyed performing in any show as much as I’ve enjoyed sharing the stage with him.”

Way credits much to her experience with Norm Foster, as well as with Theatre New Brunswick founder and former artistic director Walter Learning. Learning discovered Way at the age of 20 and cast her as Anne in Anne of Green Gables at The Charlottetown Festival – a role she played for 5 years. “He is one of my very favourite people in the whole world,” says Way of Learning, “a great director and artist, and a wonderful friend who has definitely been a big part of my life and career for the past 25 years.” Way also starred in Theatre New Brunswick’s 1996 production of Lend Me a Tenor.

Rhinestone Cowgirl showcases 30 of Parton’s biggest hits.  In her career, she has had over 25 number one hit records, and is the only artist to have number one hits in each of four consecutive decades and top 5 hits in each of five consecutive decades.

Parton’s well-known generous and kind-hearted spirit comes from her poor upbringing in the Smokey Mountains of Tennessee. In keeping with that spirit, Way donates 30% of her CD sales to Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library here in Canada.  The foundation was created to help kids learn to read and write.  It started small in her own county, where every child born in hospital received one book a month for their first five years of life – a total of sixty books sent to each child.  And now this program has spread worldwide, including Canada, and over five million books a year are mailed out to children all over the world.

This is a show that draws audiences in for a great night of fun and entertainment. Don’t miss what is a spectacular tribute to the rags to riches “Rhinestone” cowgirl herself, Dolly Parton! What a band! What a concert! What a lady!

Tickets for Rhinestone Cowgirl: A Tribute to Dolly Parton are available at the Fredericton Playhouse box office 1-866-884-5800, or online at www.theplayhouse.ca.

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