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Crystal Bowersox Broadway Debut: American Idol Runner-Up Will Star As Patsy Cline This Summer On Broadway

By Staff Writer | March 27, 2013 10:58 AM EDT

Crystal Bowersox will play Patsy Cline on Broadway
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Former American Idol contestant Crystal Bowersox will soon appear on Broadway playing Patsy Cline.

Producers of the Patsy Cline musical Always...Patsy Cline confirmed on Tuesday, March 26 that Crystal Bowersox would portray the iconic country music singer.

Bowersox will start her role during the summer production of the play in New York directed by John Rando.

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The play in which Bowersox will soon be starring was written in 1988 by Ted Swindley. Always...Patsy Cline is based on a true story about Cline's friendship with a fan that befriends the singer in Texas in 1961, and continued to talk to Cline until her death in a 1963 plane crash at 30 years of age.

The Broadway play features 27 Cline hit songs, including "Walkin' after Midnight," "I Fall To Pieces," "Crazy," "She's Got You," and "Your Cheatin' Heart." A live band accompanies the actors, according to People.

The musical's name comes from Cline's letters to the fan. Oscar and Emmy nominee Anette O'Toole will play Louise Seger, the fan and friend of Cline.

Jimmy Burke and Jeff Cohen of Burke-Cohen Entertainment will produce the show. Cohen said, "Crystal is the ideal performer to play Patsy Cline. In what amounts to a life-intimates-art twist, Patsy Cline was discovered on The Arthur Godfrey Show, the number one TV talent show of its day. And Crystal was discovered on American Idol, the number on TV talent show today."

Crystal Bowersox lost season 9 of American Idol to Lee DeWyze, but is currently promoting her new album "All That For This."

Crystal Bowersox will begin performing in Always...Patsy Cline in July with an August opening. The play's theater or exact release dates haven't yet been announced. 

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