Crystal Bowersox has made it to Broadway, and the former American Idol contestant has a role that’s right in her wheelhouse.
The powerful singer will be playing legendary country music singer Patsy Cline in a production set to debut this summer. The play, Always… Patsy Cline, is based on the true story of Cline’s friendship with Louise Seger, a fan from Houston she met in a bar in Texas in 1961. The two continued to keep in touch through letters until Cline died in a plane crash two years later at age 30.
“Louise narrates the story of the day in 1961 when she met Patsy at Houston’s Esquire Ballroom,” a press release for the play noted. “Afterward, Patsy kept in touch by writing her long hand-written letters until the day she died tragically in a plane crash. She signed the letters ‘(Love) Always, Patsy Cline.’ ”
In the play, Crystal Bowersox will have ample opportunity to show off her singing chops. The play includes 27 Patsy 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.”
“Crystal is the ideal performer to portray Patsy Cline,” said producer Jeff Cohen of Burke-Cohen Entertainment. “In what amounts to a ‘life-imitates-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 one TV talent show today
The play has already been showing at the Stages Repertory Theatre in Houston and has been staged across the United States, Canada, the UK, and Australia.
There had already been rumors that Bowersox would join the project, though producers didn’t make it official until Tuesday. She now joins a number of other American Idol alums who have made the jump to Broadway, including Fantasia Barrino, Jordin Sparks, and Clay Aiken.
It is a busy year for Crystal Bowersox, apart from the Broadway debut. She just released her sophomore album, All That For This, and has been working hard to promote it.