Review: Stand By Your Man

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I grew up listening to what I call “classic country.” Garth Brooks, George Strait, Reba McEntire, good old classics from the 80s and 90s. Last week, I traveled back in time for the real classic country with Stand By Your Man at Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre.

The show follows country queen Tammy Wynette as she looks back on her life and rise to fame.

We meet her tough-love mama and of course, her husbands — all five of them, as she grows from small-town singer to international superstar.

Wynette is a firecracker, full of passion and determination to become a star no matter what, or who, comes her way. Her struggles and hardships are depicted with Wynette’s signature style (and a bit of comic relief), bringing more meaning and emotion to the songs that made her famous, like D-I-V-O-R-C-E and Stand By Your Man. It’s really an old fashioned girl-power story, and while she continued to look for love, or a new singing partner, Wynette proved that she didn’t need a man to be successful. 

At the heart, Stand By Your Man is a love story, but the real love of Wynette’s life is music, and the show is a glorious homage to her talent. Stand By Your Man has all the fixin’s for a great musical: quick quips, glitzy glam and catchy tunes — all with the classic country flare that fans have grown to love. Plus, a little George Jones can make everyone happy.

My trip to Dutch Apple was literally dinner and a show — I mean it’s a dinner theater! Most performances feature a meal (either plated or buffet) that you can enjoy before or during the show. My visit included a four-course seated dinner, which was amazing. I would definitely suggest catching a performance with a seated dinner if you can. What’s better than wining and dining before a great show? Watching a great show while you eat dessert!

Stand By Your Man runs through Feb. 9. Learn more and grab your tickets here. And don’t forget to check out the rest of Dutch Apple’s season, it looks like a lot of fun.

P.S. If you have time before or after the show, stop by Loxley’s next door. It has a Robin Hood themed bar that is pretty fantastic.

Sara Bozich
Author: Sara Bozich

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