Crystal Bowersox to play Patsy Cline on Broadway
Bowersox tells the Hollywood Reporter that this summer, she'll play the title role in "Always...Patsy Cline," a musical based on letters the singer wrote to her fan club president.
"It's like a lifetime achievement thing. I'm really happy about it," says Bowersox. "I grew up listening to her music, as most of us have, and I feel a special connection to her. Sadly, she died so young that she didn't get to experience or really enjoy [her success]. It's a tragic story and a great play and I'm really honored to be the one they chose to play Patsy."
The official site for the musical describes the piece as "more than a tribute to the legendary country singer."
The show is based on the true story about Cline's friendship with Louise Seger, her most devoted fan. The title was inspired by Patsy's hand-written letters to Louise, which she always signed "Love always...Patsy Cline." It includes Cline's hits "Crazy," "I Fall to Pieces," "Walking After Midnight" and over 20 more songs.
Cline died in a plane crash at the age of 30 in 1963. She was the first female solo artist in the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Bowersox joins a long list of "Idol" alums who have had success on Broadway, including Fantasia Barrino in "The Color Purple," Clay Aiken in "Spamalot," Diana DeGarmo and Ace Young in "Hair" and Constantine Maroulis in "Rock of Ages" and now in the touring company of "Jekyll & Hyde."