Canton’s Rialto Theatre to Host Cline Tribute Show


Penny Eckman

Penny Eckman (above) will perform a number of Patsy Cline’s biggest hits at the Rialto Theatre in Canton on Thursday, Oct. 9.

By Rick Hiduk

Patsy Cline enjoyed a relatively brief but illustrious career as a crossover country/pop artist who endeared herself to many as a winner of the Arthur Godfrey Talent Show on television in 1957 and broke hearts when she died in an airplane crash in 1963.

Though she offended some in the country and western music establishment with her lush renditions of country ballads, she garnered the favors of other established country artists with whom she shared the stage and studio.

Her posthumous popularity was rivaled only by fellow country star Jim Reeves, with whom she recorded an album in 1960. Fittingly, one of her highest charting hits was a duet with Reeves that peaked at #5 in 1981, 18 and 17 years after hers and Reeves’ deaths, respectively.

On Thursday, Oct. 9, professional singer Penny Eckman will bring the breezy passion of Patsy Cline back to life with a live performance at the Rialto Theatre in Canton. The show is sponsored by the Bradford County Regional Arts Council (BCRAC) as a continuation of the Thursdays at the Rialto Series.

Eckman has more than 20 years of experience and her Patsy Cline tribute, which incorporates 30 signature Cline songs, is consistently a top draw and crowd pleaser. She is reported to deliver the iconic crooner’s repertoire with “uncanny accuracy.”

Tickets for the Penny Eckman show are $12 for adults and $10 for students and seniors citizens and can be ordered by contacting BCRAC at 570-268-ARTS (2787) or online at

In November, Thursdays at the Rialto continue with a holiday performance by Kristin Fisher on Thursday, November 20. The Thursdays at the Rialto Series is sponsored by Arnot Health.

Patsy Cline’s Most Popular Songs

  1. I Fall to Pieces (July 61)
  2. She’s Got You (May 62)
  3. Crazy (Dec 61)
  4. Walkin’ After Midnight (May 57)
  5. Sweet Dreams of You (May 63)
  6. When I Get Through With Lovin’ You (You’ll Love Me Too) (July 62)
  7. Leavin’ on Your Mind (Apr 63)
  8. So Wrong (Sep 62)
  9. Faded Love (Oct 63)
  10. Have You Ever Been Lonely (w/Jim Reeves) (Jan 81)

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