Kara DioGuardi to Make Broadway Debut as 'Roxie' in CHICAGO in Sept.
As announced on the Friday, June 17 edition of "Live with Regis and Kelly," this fall, Kara DioGuardi, Grammy nominated songwriter and star of "American Idol" and Bravo's "Platinum Hit", will make her Broadway stage debut as merry murderess Roxie Hart in the Tony Award-winning hit musical CHICAGO for an eight-week limited engagement, Monday, September 5 through Sunday, October 30, 2011 at the Ambassador Theatre.
Kara DioGuardi was introduced to America on seasons 9 and 10 of the hit FOX show "American Idol." She can currently be seen as head judge on Bravo's "Platinum Hit" (Mondays at 10 p.m. EST), which focuses on the songwriting experience.
It was also recently announced that Bravo is developing a reality show tentatively entitled "Kara," which will focus on her life mentoring young songwriters, and her company, Arthouse.
Kara is also an established record producer, record executive, music publisher, author and TV producer. As Executive Vice President at Warner Brothers Records, Kara has signed artists like
Jason Derulo and Iyaz. Her publishing company, Arthouse Entertainment, boasts hits from Bruno Mars, Cee Lo Green, Eminem, B.O.B., Travie McCoy, Flo Rida, Whitney Houston and Sean Kingston.
As one of the most successful contemporary songwriters and music executives in the world, Kara's songs have appeared on more than 159 million albums; she's had 310 songs released by major labels; and enjoyed over 50 charting singles and 150 songs on platinum selling albums.
Her credits include successes and collaborations with artists such as Pink, Celine Dion, Kelly Clarkson, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Gwen Stefani, Santana, Carrie Underwood, Enrique Iglesias, Rascal Flatts, Darius Rucker, Faith Hill and many more.
This April, she released her self-penned HarperCollins book "A Helluva High Note: Surviving Life, Love and American Idol."
Kara is an active supporter of, and builds recording studios at Phoenix House, one of the nation's leading non-profits dedicated to leading individuals, families and communities affected by addiction from disrupted to productive lives.
Now in its 15th glorious year of girls, glitz and glamour on the Great White Way, the record- breaking smash hit musical CHICAGO is now the fifth longest-running production in Broadway history ... and shows no sign of slowing down!
CHICAGO features a book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse, music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb, and is the winner of six 1997 Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival and the Grammy Award for Best Musical Cast Recording.
Set amidst the razzle-dazzle decadence of the 1920s, CHICAGO is the story of Roxie Hart, a housewife and nightclub dancer who murders her lover after he threatens to walk out on her. Desperate to avoid conviction, she dupes the public, the media and her rival prison mate, Velma Kelly, by hiring Chicago's slickest criminal lawyer to transform her malicious crime into a barrage of sensational headlines, the likes of which might just as easily be ripped from today's tabloids.
Directed by Walter Bobbie and choreographed by Ann Reinking, and produced by Barry and Fran Weissler, CHICAGO has become a worldwide phenomenon with productions in 24 countries and 11 languages since 1996.
The record-breaking London production of CHICAGO continues to hold the record as the longest-running American musical in West End history.
Visit www.ChicagoTheMusical.com for more information.