Kara DioGuardi cast as Roxie on Broadway's 'Chicago'

By Rhéa Hanlon,
Songwriter and former 'American Idol' judge Kara DioGuardi arrives at ELLE magazine's 2nd annual Women in Music event in Hollywood, California April 11, 2011. REUTERS/Fred Prouser (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)

Kara DioGuardi, a former American Idol judge and the host of Platinum Hit, will be portraying the character of Roxie Hart on Broadway's Chicago starting in September.

While her prowess as an actor has yet to be demonstrated, the trend of going from Idol to Broadway is nothing new.

Others who have made the move to the stage include season 4's Constantine Maroulis, who has been starring in Rock of Ages since 2009; season 3's Fantasia Barrino, who played Celie in The Color Purple; season 5's Taylor Hicks played the Teen Angel in Grease; Frenchie Davis briefly starred in Rent; and even Clay Aiken tried out acting as Sir Robin in the Spamalot.

Her eight weeks with the show begin on September 5 and run until October 30 at the Ambassador Theater in New York City.

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