"American Idol" finalist Crystal Bowersox will join Oscar and Emmy Award nominee Annette O’Toole as part of the cast of the Broadway's Ted Swindley's "Always...Patsy Cline".
In a statement producer Jeff Cohen of Burke-Cohen Entertainment said, “Crystal is the ideal performer to portray Patsy Cline. 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…Annette is a wonderful actress (and a native Texan) who will bring the perfect combination of earthiness, warmth and pluckiness to the role. She has humor and heart in abundance and will establish a very special rapport with our audience.”
"Always...Patsy Cline" is scheduled to begin performances on Broadway in July with an opening in August at a theatre to be announced. Tony Award winner John Rando will direct.
The show features 27 chart-topping songs, including such Cline classics as “Crazy,” “Walkin’ After Midnight,” “I Fall to Pieces,” “Sweet Dreams” and “Back In Baby’s Arms.” It also features such country classics as “Your Cheatin’ Heart,” “San Antonio Rose” and “Blue Moon of Kentucky,” pop classics like “Bill Bailey,” “You Belong To Me,” “True Love” and rock 'n roll classics like “Shake, Rattle and Roll” and “Stupid Cupid.”