Kara DioGuardi to star in Broadway's 'Chicago'

By the Associated Press | June 17, 2011 | 1:26 PM EDT

FILE - In this July 19, 2010 file photo, Kara DioGuardi poses at the 2010 VH1 Do Something Awards in Los Angeles. DioGuardi, Grammy nominated songwriter and star of “American Idol” and Bravo’s “Platinum Hit”, is set to make her Broadway stage debut as merry murderess Roxie Hart in the Tony Award-winning hit musical "Chicago" for an eight-week limited engagement, on Sept. 5, 2011. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, file)

NEW YORK (AP) — Kara DioGuardi (KEHR'-uh dee-oh-GWAHR'-dee) is about to make her Broadway stage debut as a merry murderess.

The songwriter and former "American Idol" judge is the latest celebrity to step into the role of Roxie Hart in the Tony Award-winning revival of "Chicago."

DioGuardi is now the head judge on Bravo's "Platinum Hit." She will be in the show for eight weeks beginning Sept. 5.

"Chicago" is now the fifth longest-running production in Broadway history. It debuted in 1996.

Other big names have played Roxie including Christie Brinkley, Brooke Shields, Sandy Duncan, Marilu Henner, Bebe Neuwirth, Ashlee Simpson, Michelle Williams and Melanie Griffith.


Online: http://www.ChicagoTheMusical.com