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Crystal Bowersox to Play Patsy Cline on Broadway

03/26/2013 at 12:50 PM EDT

Crystal Bowersox to Play Patsy Cline on Broadway
Crystal Bowersox (left) and Patsy Cline
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Former American Idol finalist Crystal Bowersox will officially be taking a walk after midnight – on Broadway.

Producers of the Patsy Cline musical Always... Patsy Cline said Tuesday that Bowersox, 25, will portray the legendary country singer in the title role of a summer production in New York. John Rando will direct.

Written in 1988 by Ted Swindley, Always... Patsy Cline is based on a true story about Cline's friendship with a fan from Houston who befriended the star in a Texas honky-tonk in 1961 and continued a correspondence with Cline until her death in 1963 in a plane crash at age 30.

The musical features 27 Cline hits, including "Walkin' After Midnight," ''I Fall To Pieces," ''Crazy," ''She's Got You," ''Sweet Dreams," ''Back In Baby's Arms" and "Your Cheatin' Heart." A live band accompanies the action.



The name of the musical is borrowed from the Cline's letters to the fan, Louise Seger, which she signed "(Love) Always... Patsy Cline." Oscar and Emmy nominee Annette O'Toole will play Seger.

Bowersox, who lost season 9 of American Idol to Lee DeWyze in 2010, is currently promoting her new release, the sophomore CD "All That For This." Bowersox's previous acting roles include a 2011 appearance on ABC's Burden of Proof.

This year is the 50th anniversary of Patsy Cline's death. Performances begin in July with an August opening. The theater and exact dates haven't been announced.

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