"American Idol" alum Crystal Bowersox is headed to Broadway, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The songstress, who was named Season 9 runner-up after winning fans over with renditions of Kris Kristofferson's "Me and Bobby McGee" and Shania Twain's "No One Needs to Know," will portray one of country music's most iconic stars in the upcoming production, "Always ... Patsy Cline."

"It's like a lifetime achievement thing," she tells the publication of playing Patsy Cline. "I'm really happy about it. 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 Pasty."

The musical includes many of Patsy's hits, such as "Crazy," "I Fall to Pieces" and "Walkin' After Midnight" -- which she recorded before her death in a 1963 plane crash at the age of 30. The 27-year-old's acting experience includes a 2011 appearance on "Burden of Proof."

"Always ... Patsy Cline" will debut this summer, with the start date to be announced soon.

Watch an Interview With Crystal