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Johnny Cash niece steps in to Patsy Cline role at the Wick

Her famous family knew Patsy Cline. And Kelley Cash was happy to reprise a role she did for years in the Wick’s extended run of “Always…Patsy Cline.”

This former Miss America will perform on Mother’s Day and May 22, 23 and 24 at the Wick Theatre & Costume Museum. She’ll also sing at the 9:30 p.m. cabaret this Thursday, Friday and Saturday after the regular show.

Cash is pinch-hitting in some performances for Terri Dixon, who plays Patsy. She got a reach-out when Dixon had to rest her voice. She’s very sympathetic.

“There’s 26 songs in this show. I’ve done it,” Cash said, in Boca for rehearsals. “I’ve done nine productions and four were tours. Two ran for three months.”

Even with her famous country singer uncle Johnny, Cash didn’t think she’d get another chance to do this show. She’s 54.

Cline was 30 when she was killed in a plane crash 90 miles from Nashville in 1963, cementing her country music legend.

“I live 12 miles from there,” the native Tennessean said. “Many people remember that day. They have vivid memories.”

Cash was thrilled with the audience response at Saturday’s matinee, her first performance here.

The two-woman musical recounts the unusual friendship between a fan who becomes a close friend. That’s something else she can relate to after a lonely year on the road as Miss America in 1987, Cash said.

Lourelene Snedeker plays Louise Seger.

“I’ve had seven Louises. She’s wonderful,” Cash said.

By Marci Shatzman

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