The original date for this show was Sunday, October 28, but it has been moved to Sunday, April 28, 2019.
5 husbands, 50 hit singles, 20 million fans…Follow music legend Tammy Wynette’s journey from triumph to heartbreak to everlasting love in Stand By Your Man presented by Ogdensburg Command Performances
It’s the Tammy Wynette legend and all of her hits that fills the theatre every night, but it’s the story that unfolds that has the audience leaving knowing they have had a thoroughly moving and entertaining musical theatre experience. Curtain time is 4 o’clock in George Hall Auditorium at Ogdensburg Free Academy; preshow chat at 3:00. For tickets, $19 to $43 [discounts for Seniors, Students, Groups of 15+, and “Friends”] call 315.393.2625 or visit ILoveTheatre.org
When Tammy Wynette was in love, in pain, or…as often was the case…both at once, she sang about it. The First Lady of Country Music recorded, performed, and sometimes wrote many of her greatest hits, from I Don’t Want to Play House Anymore and D-I-V-O-R-C-E to Golden Ring and Til I Can Make It On My Own, in response to events in her often stormy personal history.
Unlike the tremendously successful Patsy Cline musicals which in several different incarnations, were mostly just a sampling of her concerts Stand By Your Man truly is the Tammy Wynette Story. This musical chronicles the life of the country star. The show deals with a number of Wynette’s most trying episodes, including the difficult relationship with her mother, her divorces, her addiction to prescription drugs, her illnesses, and her famous kidnapping incident. The Fort Worth Star-Telegraph said, “Humor perfectly peppers the tragedy and triumph. But ultimately the show’s heart and honestly are what bring it to life.” Also, “Miraculously, it squeezes a host of songs into the story without cluttering the proceedings.” “Finally a musical biography to stand by.”
“So much of her music is autobiographical, which makes it so much easier to make a musical out of it,” says Mark St. Germain, the show’s playwright and award winning author of Gift of the Magi and the Off-Broadway hit Camping with Henry and Tom. “Tammy’s music is about someone who is exposing her pain. You can track her life, and what she felt from the songs she chose to sing.”
There are 26 of Tammy’s hits in the show. It’s ironic, however, that the title song was Wynette’s biggest hit because she had five husbands. But Tammy was a woman who loved being in love. She was extremely strong but there was a part of her that always looked to be taken care of. That probably led her to make some hard decisions, especially in life. The one place she was truly happy was on the stage.
This performance is made possible with funds from Northern New York Community Foundation and public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.