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Kara DioGuardi to Star in 'Chicago' on Broadway

by PopEater Staff, posted Jun 18th 2011 12:40PM
Kara DioGuardiCurrent 'Platinum Hit' star and former 'American Idol' judge Kara DioGuardi, who left 'Idol' last fall after two seasons on the judging panel, is getting ready to razzle-dazzle New York theater-goers on the Great White Way.

DioGuardi will join the Broadway cast of 'Chicago,' taking over the leading role of Roxie Hart from Christie Brinkley (Renee Zellweger won a Golden Globe for playing the homicidal attention-hound on screen in 2002).

The 'Idol' vet's eight-week stint in the long-running hit musical begins Sept. 5. She tweeted about the thrill of her latest venture, which is also her Broadway debut: "I'm beyond excited."

DioGuardi, 40, is currently on the panel of experts of Bravo's songwriting competition, 'Platinum Hit.' Raised in the suburbs of New York City, she pursued fame as a rock star before finding success as a songwriter for pop artists.

Now, she'll test out her dancing and acting chops with Broadway audiences, which have generally been very receptive to 'Idol' alumni, including Fantasia Barrino, Diana DeGarmo, Tamyra Gray and Constantine Maroulis.

At the same time, one of DioGuardi's collaborators in the studio, 'Idol' runner-up Katharine McPhee, will star next season on a new TV show about (fictional) rising stars on Broadway. Will DioGuardi be embraced as a Broadway headliner in real life this fall?

Exposing her talent onstage in front of a live audience eight times a week may just be a piece of cake, after DioGuardi exposed herself in a naked photo shoot for Allure magazine last year. Of the experience, the TV star said, "This shoot was less about beauty than about taking a risk and showing people a side of me they have never seen."

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Nancy Martin

Good for you Kara....well done.

June 19 2011 at 4:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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