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Idol runner-up Bowersox playing Cline on Broadway

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NEW YORK -- Former American Idol contestant 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 will portray the legendary country singer in a new production this summer in New York. John Rando will direct.

Performances begin in July with an August opening. The theatre and exact dates haven't been announced.

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.

Bowersox, who lost season nine 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.

Other American Idol contestants to reach Broadway include Fantasia Barrino, Clay Aiken, Jordin Sparks and Constantine Maroulis, who return this year in Jekyll and Hyde. Plans fell through for another alumni, Bo Bice, to make his Broadway debut this spring when his show Pump Boys & Dinettes was scrapped.

 

-- The Associated Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition March 27, 2013 D2

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