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'American Idol' Alum Crystal Bowersox to Play Patsy Cline on Broadway

The season nine runner-up tells THR she grew up listening to the country great's music and feels "a special connection" to Cline's tragic story.

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American Idol alum Crystal Bowersox is Broadway-bound.

The season nine runner-up tells The Hollywood Reporter she'll be playing Patsy Cline in the Broadway production of Always…Patsy Cline, coming to the Great White Way this summer.

"It's like a lifetime achievement thing," she says. "I'm really happy about it."

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Cline, who died in a plane crash in 1963 at the age of 30, was one of the first country artists to successfully cross over to the pop charts, notching Top 20 hits with the songs "Crazy," "I Fall to Pieces" and "Walkin' After Midnight."

"I grew up listening to her music, as most of us have, and I feel a special connection to her," Bowersox adds. "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 Pasty."

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A firm start date for previews or public engagements has yet to be announced.

Bowersox's previous acting roles include a 2011 appearance on ABC's Burden of Proof. She follows in the footsteps of several fellow Idol alums who've had stints on the theater stage. They include: Diana DeGarmo and Ace Young (Hair), Fantasia Barrino (The Color Purple), Clay Aiken (Spamalot), Jordin Sparks (In The Heights), Taylor Hicks (Grease), Ruben Studdard (Ain't Misbehavin') and Constantine Maroulis, who starred in Rock of Ages and can currently be seen in Jekyll and Hyde, among others.

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