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Crystal Bowersox cast as Patsy Cline in Broadway musical


Former "American Idol" runner-up Crystal Bowersox is headed to Broadway to play the legendary singer Patsy Cline.

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The season nine finalist has been cast as the iconic country singer in the Broadway production of "Always ... Patsy Cline," a musical based on a true story about Cline and featuring her greatest hits.

Bowersox had a brief appearance on ABC's drama "Body of Proof," but this will mark her first time taking her acting and singing skills to Broadway.

"It's like a lifetime achievement thing. I'm really happy about it," she told The Hollywood Reporter. "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."

"Always ... Patsy Cline" is slated to open this summer.