October 04, 2017Singer to bring some Country Sunshine to Ocala

Dave Schlenker

So what’s the deal with Katie Deal?

The singer was raised in north Georgia amid a family full of music. Her parents sang, and her grandmother played accordion. Be it singing in church choirs or — as her website notes — “clogging in county fairs," Deal has been performing since she was 8. And the music she loves most is classic country from the lips of legendary women.

In 2016, she won Overall Artist of the Year, the top prize at the Georgia Country Awards.

On Sunday, Deal will perform a program called Country Sunshine: The Legendary Ladies of Nashville. Music starts at 3 p.m. at the Reilly Arts Center in Ocala.

Here to tell you more about Katie Deal is, well, Katie Deal. A Q&A:

(To read more, visit www.ocala.com/news)

September 07, 2017Tybee Post Theater show postponed!

Tybee Post Theater show postponed due to Hurricane Irma!

Rescheduled date is November 4th!

September 07, 2016Classic Nashville Roadshow brings the Grand Ole Opry to Springfield

"Jason Petty and Katie Deal, stars of popular tribute shows honoring Hank Williams Sr. and Patsy Cline, will present 20 legendary hits by 20th-century country stars in the course of the show.

"We don't try to impersonate them but we try to give you a little essence of what they were like," Deal said of the show, which includes songs by Williams, Cline, Johnny and June Carter Cash, Loretta Lynn, George Jones, Tammy Wynette, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, and others.

"It's a ‘who's who’ of Nashville's finest, Petty said."

Elaine Spencer
The State Journal-Register

August 25, 2016 Katie Deal and Chris Wright to sing in garden Sept. 3

"A fundraising concert for a literacy garden at Gardens on Green will feature singer Katie Deal and her husband, Chris Wright, at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3.

"It is a fundraiser for a literacy garden for preschoolers that we are in the process of adding to the gardens," event organizer Kathy Lovett said."

Kristen Oliver
Gainesville Times

June 14, 2016Heritage Hall news from Mountain City

"Saturday, June 25 at 7pm, Katie Deal of Barter fame will be presenting Today, Tomorrow & Forever, a Tribute to Patsy Cline, sponsored by Johnson County Bank, Maymead, Inc., and Vistas Land & Sea Restaurant."

May 05, 2016‘Classic Nashville Road Show’ is root’n toot’n, wonderful

"I’ve seen enough “tribute" shows to know that most of them stink worse than week-old fish but the same can definitely not be said about this production. Katie and Jason not only have the licks, the looks and the talent to bring the music and stars of classic country to life, they genuinely seem to be having as much fun performing as the audience has in listening, clapping, foot-stomping and singing along."

Robert McKinney
Bristol Herald Courier

April 19, 2016Barter Theatre to Present CLASSIC NASHVILLE ROADSHOW, 4/28-5/21

"Petty has toured the United States, Canada and Europe with his award winning portrayal of Hank Williams. Similarly, Deal, a recent inductee to the Atlanta County Music Hall of Fame, tours the country with her one-woman show, "Katie Deal in Today, Tomorrow & Forever: A Tribute to Patsy Cline." Both performers have been recognized nationally for their authentic country sound and dedication to keeping traditional country music alive."

Broadway World

April 11, 2016The Road: My Life with John Denver

"Katie Deal is absolutely lovely as the other singer in the show; her vocals are terrific, and she also proves to be a fine actress when called upon to play Dan Wheetman's wife Penny..."

Zander Opper
Talkin' Broadway


"With Katie Deal as a spirited vocalist, and Dan’s wife Penny, an entire jukebox of John Denver’s greatest hits roll down the highway."

Bonnie K. Goldberg
Bonnie's Blog: The Balcony and Beyond

April 09, 2016On the Road Again

"Playing a range of acoustic instruments, and vocalizing and harmonizing as if they have been singing together since they were both in their cradles, Lutken, with his down-home manner wry smile, and Deal, a true “Geogia peach," are a joy to just sit back, watch and listen to."

Geary Danihy
CT Theater News and Reviews

April 06, 2016BACK HOME AGAIN: ON THE ROAD WITH JOHN DENVER Comes to Ivoryton Playhouse

"Featuring versatile musicians David Lutken (Ring of Fire), and Katie Deal - who have been with the show since its original production at Milwaukee Rep - they present an unvarnished rendition of Denver's music with gorgeous harmonies, solid musicianship and honest to goodness talent."

Broadway World

March 07, 2016Georgia musicians rally at State Capitol

"Katie Deal, daughter of Georgia Governor Nathan Deal, also performed and sang “Georgia on My Mind." Another performance was done by the band, Yacht Rock Revue, who performed “Brandi, you’re a fine girl."

Celia Shortt
The Newnan Times-Herald

February 25, 2016Paramount Theatre to honor Ella Fitzgerald, Judy Garland and Patsy Cline

"The Paramount Theatre will stage the production "I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues: A Salute to Ella, Judy and Patsy" on Sunday.

The production features Karen Marie Richardson as Ella Fitzgerald, Angela Ingersoll as Judy Garland and Katie Deal as Patsy Cline."

Aurora-Beacon News

February 24, 2016Trio of performers channel Ella Fitzgerald, Judy Garland, Patsy Cline

"In 'I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues: A Salute to Ella, Judy & Patsy,' Karen Marie Richardson emits the sultry sound of jazz great Ella Fitzgerald; Angela Ingersoll captures the emotional power of Judy Garland; and Katie Deal epitomizes the tender heartache of country legend Patsy Cline."

Randall G. Mielke
Aurora Beacon-News

February 10, 2016Katie Deal and Chris Wright to serenade lovers on Valentine’s Day

"The world’s greatest love songs from the country to city will reverberate through Pearce Auditorium as Gainesville’s Katie Deal, her husband, Chris Wright, and their friends sing the familiar tunes on Valentine’s Day."

The Times

January 21, 2016She’ll channel Patsy Cline for a tribute concert in Oxford

"We all have that one artist whose voice, no matter where we are or what we’re doing, takes us to another place and time, giving us the ability to deal with whatever moment we are in.

For actor Katie Deal, that artist is Patsy Cline, and the career of the iconic country star has given birth to her own career with the one-woman show 'Today, Tomorrow, and Forever — A Tribute to Patsy Cline.'"

Erin Williams
Special to The Star
The Anniston Star

January 16, 2016Photo Flash: I GOTTA RIGHT TO SING THE BLUES at Reilly Center

"A trio of stellar songstresses unite in a torchy tribute to their idols. I GOTTA RIGHT TO SING THE BLUES: A SALUTE TO ELLA, JUDY, AND PATSY combines the iconic catalogues of Ella Fitzgerald, Judy Garland, and Patsy Cline and into an inspiring portrait of America's musical heritage. Karen Marie Richardson (Off-Broadway: Sleep No More, Tour: Queenie Pie) effortlessly emits the sweet and sultry swing of Jazz great Ella Fitzgerald; Angela Ingersoll (Chicago's Jeff Award nominations: The Mistress Cycle, The Secret Garden) hauntingly captures the emotional power of Popular icon Judy Garland; and Katie Deal (National Tours: Today, Tomorrow, & Forever: A Tribute to Patsy Cline, A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline) soulfully embodies the tender heartache of Country legend Patsy Cline. This moving celebration features a bounty of beloved hit songs including "Cry Me a River," "The Man That Got Away," "Crazy," and many more."

Broadway World

November 26, 2015Lights, Camera, Christmas: Tree Lighting Makes Governor’s Mansion Shine

"The tours will include a viewing of all the official rooms in the mansion, each decorated in an array of flowers and lavish Christmas trees. The Deputy Director of the Governor’s Mansion, Kat Bakhaus, said there would be eight trees in all, each “decorated to represent different governors and their families who have lived in the mansion." Tours will begin after the lighting ceremony, which will also include an instrumental performance by the 116th Army Band to “get people in the mood,", according to Bakhaus. The lighting will be followed by a choral performance from the Georgia Boys’ Choir in the ballroom, which will have an array of cookies and cider following the recital. Katie Deal, the governor’s daughter, will also be performing her rendition of a song made popular by Kermit the Frog."

Catrina Dygert
The Signal

November 19, 2015Top 10 things to do this weekend: Cline, comedy and holiday music

"Deal, who has performed on two national sold-out tours of "A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline," takes the stage at Hampton's American Theatre 8 p.m. Saturday with a live band and explores Cline's impact on her life and those of the fans. Tickets start at $38. Visit hamptonarts.net for more information and tickets."

Daily Press

November 01, 2015Era of Cash and Cline return in ‘Roadshow’ at Dallas Theater

"The “Classic Nashville Roadshow" will feature the songs of country music stars of the 1950s and ’60s – and their stories. It is set to make a stop in the downtown Dallas performance hall Friday, Nov. 6, at 7:30 p.m."

Tom Spigolon

September 15, 2015John Denver’s ‘Back Home Again’ at the Stackner Cabaret

"Lutken and Deal complement each other quite well, playing the husband/wife couple through good times and bad, nicely illustrated through song and even some fancy footwork."

Harry Cherkinian
Shepherd Express

September 14, 2015'Back Home Again' makes case for listening to John Denver again

"But Deal shines when she sings, nailing the aching sense of lovelorn loss in songs like "Leaving on a Jet Plane" and "I'm Sorry," where she conveys all the heartache the lyrics suggest. It's also Deal who gives us the joy of "Annie's Song" or who climbs above Lutken in a rousing "Rocky Mountain High." Like Lutken, she sings with a plain, unaffected earnestness, trusting her voice and the music to get across the feelings she projects."

Mike Fischer
Special to the Journal Sentinel

September 14, 2015The Rep Goes Back Home Again

"Lutken is trading hypnotic harmonies with Katie Deal, a powerful country music singer with a great smile. She delicately blends her voice into background vocalist when required or takes over as stage front powerhouse (her natural forte) when Lutken turns into the softer blender (while always remaining the main instrumentalist)."

Dominique Paul Noth
Urban Milwaukee

September 14, 2015Rep salutes John Denver with a surprisingly rich and in-depth show

"The brilliance of Lutken and Deal wrap the whole thing in a bright ribbon for everyone in the audience. Lutken was a marvel last year in the Woody Guthrie show at the Rep. This one is no less a triumph. He's a marvelous guitar player and has a presence on stage that is magical.

Deal is also an actor who can sing. Her character is less well defined but no less appealing. Their voices alone are glorious, and when they sing together, it is the stuff that fantasies are made of."

Dave Begel
On Milwaukee

September 14, 2015Back Home Again

"A few delightfully unexpected moments surface during the two-hour performance. In an offbeat departure from Denver’s music, the duo has a lot of fun singing, “Johnny B. Goode." It’s a nice break from Denver’s endless tributes to mountains, streams, forests, etc. Deal also entertains by doing some snappy clogging in one number; she strums a dulcimer in another. Lutken mostly sticks to the acoustic guitar, but he also picks up a banjo or a neck harness that holds a harmonica."

Anne Siegel

March 15, 2015WALKER: Life and Larry from the gnat line

"An Evening For ABAC: The notice came in a letter from David Bridges, Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College’s president. It was a fundraiser for the ABAC College Foundation and featured Katie Deal in “Today, Tomorrow and Forever: A Tribute to Patsy Cline." Janice and I decided to invite a couple and go. It was a good decision. Katie Deal and her eight-person band put on an outstanding show. It was Broadway or Las Vegas quality."

Larry Walker
Special to the Telegraph

January 12, 2015Evening for ABAC Scholarship Fundraiser Scheduled for March 6

"Arts Connection Director Wayne Jones is coordinating the annual ABAC Foundation fundraiser for student SCHOLARSHIPS which will feature talented singer and actress Katie Deal in Today, Tomorrow & Forever: A Tribute to Patsy Cline. Light refreshments will open the evening at 6 p.m. followed by a delightful dinner sure to please any appetite."

Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College

December 31, 2014Deal to join Britt at Lowell Opry House

"Katie Deal has traveled the country wowing fans with her uncanny portrayal of Patsy Cline.

With two sell-out national tours and numerous productions in Georgia, Pennsylvania, Texas and Wyoming, Deal has built a national following."


December 30, 2014New year, new shows: Falany Performing Arts Center to host plenty of shows this winter

"On Jan. 27, Katie Deal as Patsy Cline will perform a concert at Reinhardt University’s Falany Performing Arts Center.

Having sold out two national tours of “A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline," Deal takes the stage with her own story of how the music and style of Patsy Cline have changed her life forever.

With a new take on nostalgia, Deal’s one-woman show, “Katie Deal in Today, Tomorrow & Forever: A Tribute to Patsy Cline" features a live band, tight harmonies, and a powerhouse singer. In this tribute, the audience will learn a little bit about Deal, daughter of Governor and First Lady Nathan and Sandra Deal, a little bit about Cline, and a lot about why Cline’s music is loved by so many."

Cherokee Tribune

October 21, 2014Century Bank Entertainment Series offers diverse, tried-and-true lineup

"Opening Nov. 8 with Katie Deal in “Today, Tomorrow & Forever: A Tribute to Patsy Cline," The Grand Theatre’s Century Bank Entertainment Series will feature five different concerts through April 18. Along with returning acts, such as Deal, Atlanta Pops Orchestra and comedian Jon Reep, this year’s series will highlight first-time performers, who were requested by the local community, including The SteelDrivers and country music artist Doug Stone."

Marie Nesmith
The Daily Tribune News

August 25, 2014'Johnny Cash' onstage at Barter Theatre

"Closing the first act is bathroom humor (yes, it is) with "Flushed from the Bathroom of Your Heart" and "Egg-Suckin' Dog" received enthusiastically by the audience which is finally rewarded with "Ring of Fire" sung in excellent harmony by "Johnny" and his bride-to-be, "June Carter Cash," the lovely, dashing Katie Deal who delivers an exceptional performance."

Washington Speaks

August 17, 2014Special Carter Fold Presentation with Barter Theatre - "Ring Of Fire"

"See part of Carter Fold’s history come to life by joining us for the presentation of Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash. Johnny’s last performances were on the stage of the Carter Family Fold – and that’s just how he and the Fold wanted it. Johnny was one of the Fold’s biggest advocates – performing many benefit concerts to help establish the venue and later to sustain it. He and June, along with all the Carter Family, helped create the Carter Family Museum and later relocate and rebuild the A.P. Carter birthplace cabin. Johnny Cash embraced the Carter Family with arms wide open – and an entire family did the same for him. Johnny’s career is unparalleled in terms of the types of music he’s known for – country, rock, folk, and gospel. His career spanned his entire lifetime, and he never stopped recording or creating. Undoubtedly, his version of Hurt will go down in history as one of the greatest recordings of all time. With a heart as big as Clinch Mountain itself, he touched the lives of everyone who ever heard him or knew him. The Fold is honored and humbled to present Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash."

The Bluegrass Music News Network

July 17, 2014RING OF FIRE: THE MUSIC OF JOHNNY CASH Opens 8/15 at Barter Theatre

"Katie Deal (June) appeared last season in Barter's "Good Ol' Girls," and her sweet, soulful voice has been featured in television, film and stage, including an acclaimed stage tribute to Patsy Cline about which the Columbus Dispatch wrote 'Deal inhabits rather than impersonates Cline, grasping the essence of her distinctive voice and rhythms without pushing them in to caricature, and appearing thoroughly comfortable in Cline's skin.'"

Broadway World

June 04, 2014Patsy Cline showcase leaves viewers with sweet dreams

"No doubt Deal is an accomplished singer in her own right, but in this show she’s pure Patsy Cline."

"Whether she’s sliding between notes, growling out a syllable or singing sad lyrics with the requisite tear in her voice, she sounds very authentic."

Richard Ades
Columbus Free Press

May 30, 2014Musical true to memory of beloved country singer

"Deal inhabits rather than impersonates Cline, grasping the essence of her distinctive voice and rhythms without pushing them into caricature and appearing thoroughly comfortable in Cline’s skin."

Margaret Quamme
For The Columbus Dispatch

May 29, 2014Deal comfortable in tribute to country icon Cline

"Associate producing director Joe Bishara recommended Deal, but Anderson wasn't about to just hand the part to someone without proper auditions -- until he heard an online clip he believed featured Cline but turned out to be Deal."

Jim Fischer
The Beat
This Week Community News

May 28, 2014Random Notes - The Beat

"Deal is a real student of what she called Patsy-isms. What does this mean, you might wonder?

We suggest watching the video that accompanies the story for answers -- and a guest performance."

This Week Community News

March 13, 2014Best Bets: Patsy Cline show at Dover's Schwartz the real Deal

"Unlike the other shows where she portrayed one of the most acclaimed singers of the 20th century, whose hits included “Crazy," “Sweet Dreams" and “I Fall to Pieces," this version, written by her and her husband Chris Wright a little more than a year ago, is more personal for Ms. Deal."

Craig Horleman
Delaware State News

March 12, 2014KATIE DEAL: TOMORROW & FOREVER - Patsy Cline tribute coming to Waynesboro

"Her two national tours sold out. Now Katie Deal is bringing her one-woman Patsy Cline tribute Today, Tomorrow & Forever to Burke County next weekend."

The True Citizen

March 12, 2014Ramblin' Rhodes: Deal keeps memory of Cline alive in tribute show

"Katie Deal might have been born 15 years after Patsy Cline was killed in a plane crash on March 5, 1963, but she has come to know the late country music star in other ways."

The Augusta Chronicle
Don Rhodes

November 13, 2013“Dracula” sings in West Virginia

"The show (performed by a cast that included six Equity actors) definitely lives up to that part of its billing; this Dracula definitely rocks and rolls."

The Roanoke Times
Guest post by Dwayne Yancey

October 17, 2013Portraying a Country Legend

“Katie was here in 2011 in a different show, ‘A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline,’ and she was terrific," Heath said. “When I learned that she had a new show, a new tribute to Patsy Cline, I knew we had to have her back. Katie is a wonderful performer and her Patsy Cline is not just an imitation. It is a true portrayal of the country music legend.

“This show is as much about Katie as it is about Patsy. Katie wrote the show, and it is how the music and style of Patsy Cline influenced and changed her own life forever. You’ll learn a little bit about Katie, a little bit about Patsy and a lot about why Patsy’s music is loved by so many."

The Brunswick News

October 01, 2013Georgia-Country.com Artist of the Month

"On a monthly basis, Georgia-Country.com spotlights a Georgia artist that we feel is furthering their career in country music. Below is our current artist of the month. We hope you enjoy reading their interview and getting to know this artist more. Be sure to check out their music, videos and schedule for the month. If you are a Georgia-based artist, 18 and over, and would like to be considered for Artist of the Month, please contact us with your name and a website to review.

Our October Artist of the Month is Katie Deal."


August 30, 2013Georgia Country Female Vocalist of the Year Nominee

I've been nominated for the Georgia Country Female Vocalist of the Year!! Vote now to help me make it to the finals!

August 08, 2013Barter Theatre to Present GOOD OL' GIRLS, 8/16-9/7

"Six women rock the house with songs about first love, last chances, and all the good stuff in between. Ashley Campos, Katie Deal, Pam Dougherty, Thesa Loving, Carrie Smith and Martha Wilkinson star in the show and will be backed by a band on stage.

Adapted by Paul Ferguson, "Good Ol' Girls" is a musical revue based on the stories of two acclaimed Southern authors: Lee Smith and Jill McCorkle, with songs by Nashville hit-makers Matraca Berg (who has written for Reba McEntire, Dixie Chicks, Kenny Chesney) and Marshall Chapman (who has written for Jimmy Buffett, Wynonna Judd and more). Berg has been nominated for three Grammys."

Broadway World

July 13, 2013'Crazy' for Patsy Cline: Shows a fundraiser for 4 area theater groups

"Though the lithe, blonde singer bears little physical resemblance to Cline (until she slips on a dark wig and gears up in the cowgirl ensemble Cline so often wore), the timbre of her voice is so similar to Cline’s, and her connection to Cline’s lyrics is so deeply felt, that she smoothly transitions into the role, performing to sell-out crowds that are often on their feet by the climax of the show.

But in this new production, which Deal co-wrote with her husband, Chris Wright, she’s not so much portraying Cline as paying tribute to her, and telling her own story, as a Patsy Cline fan, along the way."

Teri Greene
Montgomery Advertiser

July 10, 2013Deal brings her portrayal of Patsy Cline to Opry House*

"The Lowell Opry House on Saturday night will bring back the music of days gone by."

"Admission to Saturday’s show is $20; advance tickets are available at Round 2 Consignment, 728 Bankhead Highway, Carrollton or online at lowellopryhouse.com. Lowell Opry House is at 821 Liberty Church Road in the Lowell community. The doors open at 6 p.m. and the show starts 7 p.m."


*Article correction: this show is not a portrayal.

July 02, 2013Katie Deal - Today, Tomorrow & Forever: A Tribute to Patsy Cline

Katie Deal performs at the Troy Davis Theatre of Performing Arts on July 19th and 20th.

June 06, 2013Katie Deal, Wild Wing nominated for country music awards

"The 2013 Georgia Country Awards honors the best in country music in the state. The awards banquet will be held November 9 at The 120 Tavern & Music Hall in Marietta."

"Deal is one of 32 contenders for Female Artist of the Year."

Ken Stanford
Access North Georgia

February 13, 2013Daughter Deal shines as Patsy Cline

"The Canton Downtown Development Authority welcomed Gov. Nathan Deal, his wife Sandra and daughter, Katie, to a reception Feb. 7 at the Canton Theatre. Katie Deal Wright starred in “Today, Tomorrow and Forever: A Tribute to Patsy Cline" at the Canton Theatre last weekend. Wright and Gov. Deal are pictured talking with Peggy Davis and Joe Dollar at the reception."

Carolyn Mathews
The Cherokee Ledger-News

September 25, 2012Women team take care of business in '9 to 5'

"Springer Opera House artistic director Paul Pierce said the play has a great story, is very smart and has beautiful music written by Dolly Parton, who starred in the 1980 movie of the same name."

"Then there's Doralee, played by Katie Deal, daughter of Gov. Nathan Deal. Doralee was played by Parton in the movie. The other women in the company don't like her at first because they mistakenly think she's sleeping with the boss."

Sandra Okamoto

March 02, 2011Sellout crowd enjoys Patsy Cline tribute at Ritz

"Katie Deal, playing Patsy Cline, wowed the packed Ritz crowd, sounding eerily similar to the late country music legend."

Mark Brasfield
Courier News

February 13, 2011Performer traces life of country singer Patsy Cline

"'It’s not just a concert,' Deal said. 'You get a whole story. You might like Patsy Cline music but you’re also going to get a good show'...

'I love her. I always have, I always will. I’m doing my best to look and sound like her, but I’m not trying to be her. No one can ever be her. But I try to bring the concert to life so you feel like you’re actually there.'

"When she steps up to the microphone, Deal says she feels a connection with Cline.
'I feel the music, and I think that’s what was so special about her.'"

Geri Parlin
Lacrosse Tribune

February 09, 2011Music and entertainment business program director co-writes inauguration anthem

“'The song to me is a tribute to those who live their lives in service of their fellow human beings,' Burch said of the song, which was inspired on the inauguration’s theme."

"Burch, who has known Deal and his family for years, co-wrote the song with Deal’s daughter, Katie Deal, and her husband, Chris Wright. Burch first approached Katie Deal, a singer, about writing an anthem during the campaign last fall. Once Deal was elected governor in November, Burch started working on the song. After numerous e-mails and a five-hour session during the Christmas holidays, the trio had their lyrics. The song came about after Katie Deal hummed the melody and her husband added some piano. A guitar and some other instruments completed the anthem."

KSU News

January 10, 2011Deal's inauguration is a family affair

"For Katie Deal, the youngest Deal daughter who sang "Georgia on My Mind" before House Speaker David Ralston called the joint session to order, it's best summed up in one word - overwhelming."

Carolyn Crist
Gainesville Times

January 10, 2011Deal sworn in, 'embarks' on journey

"Deal's daughter Katie Deal sang "Georgia on My Mind" before the joint session was called to order The Rev. Bill Coates of First Baptist Church in Gainesville gave the invocation, and Hall County Superior Court Judge Jason Deal administered the oath of office to his father."

Carolyn Crist
Gainesville Times

January 09, 2011Winter storm scrambles Deal's inauguration plans

"She played a song that was scheduled to be performed at the inaugural gala. The song, "With a Servant's Heart" was written by daughter Katie Deal, her husband, Chris Wright, and Bruce Burch, director of the music and entertainment business program at Kennesaw State University."

Carolyn Crist
Gainesville Times

October 23, 2010CAGE au FOOLS: Temple's new production 'Flaming Idiots' starts today

"When two dim-witted friends make the bad decision to open a restaurant, then employ an even worse idea when it fails, the result can make for some hilarious theater."

"Rounding out the cast are Katie Deal as Jayne, a newspaper critic who can’t seem to keep her hem out of her underwear, and Mark Filiaci as would-be hitman Louie."

Jennifer Gentile
The Sanford Herald

September 16, 2010'The Full Monty' isn't just about male strippers

"Katie Deal, who was last seen on the Springer stage as Patsy Cline in “A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline," plays Georgie, Dave’s wife. She says this show is a perfect one during this economic downturn."

"People will be able to identify with the men, who struggle because they’ve lost their jobs, and their wives who love them, Deal said."

“It’s a perfect show for right now," Deal said. “It hits home in so many ways."

Sandra Okamoto

September 16, 2010 The Real Deal isn't in The Full Monty

"Nathan Deal is not appearing in the Springer Opera House's production of The Full Monty but his daughter is..."

"...Deal is no stranger to the stage at the Springer. She is perhaps most remembered by local theater fans for her portrayal of the country music legend in A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline."

Richard Hyatt
Richard Hyatt's Columbus

July 21, 2010And the jukebox played Patsy Cline

"The chance to hear these tunes, and many others, from a surprisingly close Cline proxy (Katie Deal) is the reason to see Off Square Theatre's production of Always … Patsy Cline."

Matthew Irwin
Planet JH Weekly

April 15, 2010Springer Opera House hosts "A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline"

"Springer producing artistic director Paul Pierce calls Deal 'the best Patsy Cline in America.' Pierce said when he closes his eyes and listens to Deal sing, it’s like Cline is in the room."

"Audiences are also not tired of seeing Deal play Cline. This show, Pierce said, is one that Springer audiences often request to see again. 'I could be in a grocery store and someone will ask me, ‘When are you going to get that Katie Deal back?’' Pierce said."

Sandra Okamoto

February 10, 2010Off Square's La Mancha hits the high notes

"Performers exceeded my expectations, reminding me of the talent Jackson attracts. The cast, especially leads Katie Deal, who plays Aldonza, and Terry Schwab, who plays Don Quixote, rose to the challenging vocals."

Kelsey Dayton
Stepping Out, Jackson Hole News&Guide

February 08, 2010Rave Reviews & Good News!

Rave Reviews for Man of La Mancha!

"I saw Man of La Mancha last evening, and it was brilliant! Everything about it, from the acting to the voices to the stage set was truly great."
Karen Terra

"All that I can say is that I have seen Man of La Mancha with all star casts previously, and this production was better. The orchestra, too, deserves great credit. Congratulations on a wonderful show."
Stan Trachtenberg

"...this sets a new standard for theatre on that stage - everything was first class - we were blown away - it was as if we hadn't seen it before - literally emotionally spent - and it's a musical - after speaking with the crowd, including some of our board and donors, all of whom were equally affected, we wandered out in a daze. It dawned upon me as we were driving home, that aside from standing up and bravoing our brains out, we never personally spoke with the cast. Tracy, could you pass this on to the magnificent actors - every one of them. Wow!"
David Kornblum and Nancy McCarthy

"I was blown away. Man of La Mancha was sensational. A few of the underwriters were there tonight and I believe that they and all the audience were in awe of the set, choreography, costumes, music, songs and onstage talent. Congratulations to John and all who make the production possible."
Charlie Ross

Great job, everyone! "
Jade Walsh

"Just came home from the Friday performance.... Fabulous!!
It was just beautifully cast and I did not see a performance that was was not well done. Musically blended they were dynamite.
Technically I would hold this with the best regional theaters (say the Guthrie, Williamstown or Paper Mill) and I think that set would be right at home on Broadway. Most dramatic and atmospheric lighting I have seen here to date. Loved the glow shining through the stones -- wonderfully effect."
Susan Brooks

February 03, 2010Man of La Mancha opens!

Come see me as Aldonza and husband, Chris Wright as Sancho in Man of La Mancha!

Previews tonight and tomorrow night! Official Opening Friday, February 5th! Runs through Saturday, February 13th!

Off Square Theatre Company
PO Box 2920
240 S. Glenwood
Jackson, WY 83001

For tickets, call 307-733-4900 or visit www.offsquare.org

February 03, 2010How Cervantes wrote Don Quixote: Man of LaMancha Review

"Off Square brought in Georgia residents Katie Deal and Chris Wright for the roles of Aldonza and Sancho Panza, Don Quixote’s muse and servant, respectively."

"Deal, who starred in Always Patsy Cline and A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Off Square, plays the part fiercely, exhibiting the cynicism and distrust of a woman who has come to think of herself as being as low as she has been treated."

Matthew Irwin
Planet JH Weekly

January 03, 2010Jonesboro Rotary Club

"Sung in the piano lounge style, Katie slinked down the aisle drawing laughs and a few red faces."

"It was one of our best programs ever and thanks go out to the Temple Theatre."

Jonesboro Rotary Club
The Sanford Herald

November 04, 2009Good News Clinics honors Westfall for volunteer work

"Tuesday’s dinner was held at the First Baptist Church of Gainesville’s Banquet Hall and featured entertainment by Gainesville native and performing artist Katie Deal Wright, the daughter of U.S. Rep. Nathan and Sandra Deal."

Edie Rogers
Gainesville Times

November 03, 2009Katie Deal Wright to entertain at 2009 Fundraising Dinner to be held Tuesday, November 3

“The board is extremely pleased that Ms. Deal Wright will be performing at the dinner, and we’re excited by the response we’ve received from the community to date regarding the event," says Richard Bennett, DMD, president of the Good News Clinics’ board of directors."

Good News Clinic

June 01, 2009Summer Camp Week, Day 1: Blowing Rock Stage Company “Campservatories”

Dance, sing and explore the scenes of modern-day musicals. Chris Wright and Katie Deal Wright (director/choreographer from April’s hit High School Musical 2) lead the way. Spend a week with our professionals watching rehearsals of Bye Bye Birdie and composing your own musical showpiece."

High Country Mom Squad

May 31, 2009Temple Review: Dames At Sea

"Joan (Katie Deal, also from “Wonderettes") and sailor Lucky (Chris Wright, Deal’s husband in real life) find true love."

"Deal entertains with her 30s vernacular."

Billy Liggett
Freelance Writer, Sanford Herald

May 30, 2009Dames At Sea: Temple Theatre Review

"Absolutely the best show of the season!"

"Katie Deal was perfect as Joan – the Broadway actress with street smarts who takes Ruby under her wing."

"Sanford — get out and see this one — if this doesn’t get you hooked on Temple Theatre, nothing will……."

Kim's Thoughts

May 07, 2009'Dames' Final Production for Temple's Season

"The talented husband-wife team of Chris Wright and Katie Deal portray Lucky and Joan. Deal was recently seen in Temple Theatre's Christmas show, 'Winter Wonderettes'."

The Pilot

April 30, 2009High School Musical 2 On Stage in Blowing Rock Thursday through May 9

"The stage version also includes original choreography by Katie Deal, who borrowed from the 1980s dancing styles of Janet Jackson, Michael Jackson, Paula Abdul and New Kids on the Block...'All of the choreography is original, high energy and very athletic,' Wright said."

Anna Oakes
High Country Press

April 17, 2009Alumni Association honors outstanding graduates

"...and Katie Deal Wright were all honored for their achievements in their careers and service to the college and their communities."

"The association presented two Pacesetter Awards, which recognize alumni who exhibit early in their careers to Wright and Lewis. Wright graduated from Piedmont in 2002 with a degree in theatre. A singer and actress, she is currently touring nationally in 'A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline' and has previously portrayed the late singer in 'Always, Patsy Cline.'"

PC Journal Spring 2009

July 02, 2008“Always…Patsy Cline” corrals audiences into the past

"Deal, a Georgia native with a honeyed Southern drawl and vivacious smile is no stranger to the Patsy Cline portrayal...With each performance, Deal continues to receive acclaim for her ability to mirror the voice of the sweet-sounding, celebrated Southern gal."

Robyn Vincent
Planet JH Weekly

June 25, 2008Katie Deal reprises role as Patsy Cline for Off Square

"Deal said that if, after going on six years of playing Patsy, she's getting pigeonholed as an actress, well, she's OK with that. 'I'm from the South, I grew up listening to country-western music, I have a Southern accent and I have the same body type as Patsy Cline,' she said. 'It's a huge compliment that people think I'm good enough to honor her.'"

Center For the Arts
Jackson Hole, WY

April 28, 2008‘Barefoot in the Park’ sheds light on classic marital bliss

"They call it a "dramedy," and "Barefoot in the Park," the last show to appear at Black Bear Dinner Theatre, certainly is a mix of laughter and tears as newlyweds Corie (Katie Deal) and Paul Bratter (Judson Wright) move into their brownstone Manhattan apartment."

Tasha Biggers
The Gainesville Times

October 15, 2007‘Peanuts’ gang comes alive on stage

"Husband and wife Chris Wright (Charlie Brown) and Katie Deal (Lucy van Pelt) of Gainesville star in the show alongside a cast that includes a few other familiar faces. 'It’s really nice to be able to work so close to home and work together,' Deal said."

"Deal plays Lucy, an 8-year-old psychiatrist who could use a little couch time herself. 'It’s a mixture of all of my nieces,' Deal said of playing Lucy, whose main aspirations include becoming a queen and picking on Charlie Brown."

Tasha Biggers
The Gainesville Times

June 11, 2006Nashville bound: Country sounds good to Katie Deal

"Recently, Gainesville native Katie Deal got just such a lesson from songwriter Bruce Burch, and an inside look at Nashville, too. Deal already has proved herself as a performer, touring nationally in theater productions such as "A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline," where she sang the lead role. Opportunities in theater keep coming up, but Deal has her sights on country music...After more theater shows, writing songs on her own and recording some demos in a studio in New York, she was as ready for the Nashville experience as she could be, she said."

Nathan Long
The Gainesville Times

May 01, 2006Patsy Cline: just a walk with

"The young lady who plays Patsy is nothing short of amazing! Katie Deal, from Gainesville, who graduated from Piedmont College, literally becomes Patsy. She looks like her, walks like her and sings every note startlingly like Patsy did– it’s absolutely uncanny! I never thought anyone could sound like Patsy!"

"The joy and beauty of Patsy Cline’s music soared in the hands of this certain-to-be BIG star Katie Deal!"

Alice Barkwell
Playgrounds Magazine

April 06, 2006"A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline"

"No one is quite sure about the number of Patsy Cline imitators running around the country, but the figure is good-sized. To hear her manager tell it, Katie Deal is the best."

"There are a lot of Patsy shows, including one in Branson, but the audience puts up Katie against anybody," said Kevin Murray, who doubles as an actor in the show and as its tour manager."

Frank Roberts
The Virginian-Pilot

March 30, 2006Smash!: Review of A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline

"Katie Deal, who took the Patsy Cline role, was phenomenal. By my count, she sang twenty-two songs in two hours and a half, and her voice quality and intensity were as excellent at the end of the performance as at the beginning...Deal captured the popular singer's style perfectly. It was just extraordinary...each word she sang hit the audience's soul!"

Ann Young Gregory
Clinch Valley Times

March 04, 2006‘A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline’ raises $10,000 for arts council

"Katie Deal of Gainesville portrayed Patsy and gave a remarkably believable performance which led to a standing ovation by the audience at the end of the show."

Michele Hester
Freelance Writer

March 02, 2006Gainesville native Katie Deal plays Patsy Cline in 'A Closer Walk'

"Paul Pierce, producing artistic director of Springer Opera House, which is producing the show, said Deal has made quite an impression on him."

"'She is incredible,' Pierce said. 'She has been wowing audiences all across the country since they went on tour the 20th of January. I'm already thinking of other shows to put her in,' he said."

Nathan Long
The Gainesville Times

January 21, 2006Play tells story of country diva

"She's a better Patsy Cline than Patsy Cline."

Kevin Murray
as quoted in the Demopolis Times

June 06, 2005Emerald Isle Rep. Kicks off 2005 Summer Season

"Finally, Katie Deal, who previously worked with Kyle and Brian in Memphis, will be rounding out the Resident Acting Company."

"This show promises an enthralling journey into the darker side of Beaver Island's history."

Beaver Beacon

August 27, 2004Acting! Genius! Thank You! Which Memphis thespians will take home an Ostrander?

"But make no mistake. An uglied-up Katie Deal brought audiences to their feet mid-song in Circuit's Spitfire Grill. She should be given two awards and a spanking for being WAY too good."

Chris Davis
Memphis Flyer

August 13, 2004Review for The Spitfire Grill

"Katie Deal is a new talent for our area but this performance as the outsider who rekindles hope in the town makes one hope it isn't the last we will see of her."

Potomac Stages

August 13, 2004"The Spitfire Grill" Serves Up Full Platter of Entertainment

"Katie Deal...is excellent in the part — she’s tough and vulnerable in all the right places. And her vocals are positively captivating."

Cynthia Cather Burton
Special to The Winchester Star

March 14, 2003Onomatopoeia!

"A trio of actresses, Rebecca DeVries, Katie Deal, and Angela Groeschen, offers up the evening's most satisfying moments."

Chris Davis
Memphis Flyer

August 16, 2002Roll Over: Smokey Joe's Cafe Review

"When Katie Deal lets loose with the country soul of "Pearl's A Singer," jaws unhinge."

Chris Davis
Memphis Flyer