The set by Jay Dopke has not changed from the original and consists of a red background for the Grand Ole Opry, with tinsel backdrops used to depict Las Vegas and Carnegie Hall. The band is on stage, with a booth for the radio announcer / disc jockey at stage right. As Patsy Cline, Ms. Bliss gives us a fashion show that ranges from traditional country-western wear to stylish black capris to glittering formal gowns.
The Alhambra under owner Craig Smith is always striving to make visits memorable not only with the shows on stage and the food, but in other unique ways. A nice touch is presenting a lovely rose from Celebrations to ladies celebrating anniversaries and birthdays.
For this show, the Alhambra is offering four special signature cocktails. We know there must be some martini fans among our readers, so the Dual Critics want to share the recipe for one of the specialties called “Grand Ole Optini”. The ingredients are: vanilla vodka, amaretto, and cranberry and pineapple juices, garnished with pineapple, and served with a smile by friendly staff. For the less adventurous, the Alhambra also serves a full line of adult beverages, including a regular martini.
Chef DeJuan Roy has created a country style buffet for Patsy Cline that included Aunt Mae’s Fried Chicken, Smothered Pork Cutlets, and Broiled Haddock, accompanied by braised greens, crowder peas, and steamed rice. Cornbread served in individual skillets with honey butter was a big hit. The wait staff served a choice of soup or salad before the buffet and also served dessert, a choice of house made banana pudding served in a mason jar or a chocolate mousse pie.