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Kara DioGuardi Talks About Her Chicago Debut

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We're going to be straight with you girl - we don't have too high of hopes for you. Just because you can write music doesn't mean you can perform it. Here's your chance to prove us wrong though.

Starting September 5th, Kara DioGuardi will take over the role of Roxie Hart in the Broadway production of Chicago. It's a pretty lofty role for a debut and to be frank, we don't think she fits the part, but according to Kara, she has more in common with her character than we think. She explains:

“Feisty. She’s a bit of a survivor. She’ll kind of do whatever it takes to get the job done… That didn’t sound so good, but you know what I mean. She’s quick on her feet, so that’s good."

Speaking of being quick on ones feet, Kara admits that on her first day of rehearsals, she warned the crew that she wasn't a "great dancer" (comforting) and she further revealed that'll be wearing hand-me-down costumes from another Roxie Hart performer she is all too familiar with - Ashlee Simpson. She raved:

“I can’t believe it fit. I definitely had to push it in a little bit, but yeah, it fit.”

Fabulous. By any chance did you happen to stumble upon an folk music in the pockets during a fitting? (We're still waiting, AshSim!)

We can't be there in person to see if you'll butcher this or bring it new life, but we will be keeping a close eye on the reviews. Here's hoping Manhattan's elite reviewers have more faith in you.

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11 comments to “Kara DioGuardi Talks About Her Chicago Debut”

  1. 1

    No offense, but what is with these "older" women playing Roxie? I always had the impression that Roxie Hart was a woman of mid 20s-30 or so, not mid 40s or older.

  2. 2

    Gwen Verdon originated the role of Roxie on Broadway in 1975 at 50 years old. I happen to think that Kara was an interesting choice and her voice is nice and smokey. She cannot be worse than a lot of the ladies they bring in. Who told Christie Brinkley that she could sing or act? Sweet girl. But yeesh.

  3. 3

    Doesn't fit the part? The world and her sister have played the part. It's so dumbed down that they can cast any Broadway dilettante at all. Ditto Sally Bowles in Cabaret. This is stunt casting for tourists and nothing more.

  4. 4

    Yeah because I am so sure she cares about your opinion.

  5. 5

    Hasn't Kara kissed your ass enough Perez?

  6. 6

    Theres a episode of American Idol Perez where Kara tried to show a contestant how to sing a song…and she wowed me!
    I thought it was weird when Ashlee Simpson played the part

  7. 7

    Break a leg Kara!
    You will really enjoy & be spectacular in your run!

  8. 8

    the amount of hatred anger and jealousy in you is endless. may it be a cancer that thrives in you…

  9. 9

    kara dioguardi ftw ! she's gonna be amazing. i have HIGH hopes for her : )

    i love how you can never cheer people on instead of being negative.

    'we don't have high hopes for you' . . who's we?!

  10. 10

    Umm…Ashlee Simpson did it. Need I say more? I'm sure Kara will be better by leaps and bounds

  11. @v@ says – reply to this


    Of course she can do it. Haven't you heard her? Break a leg, Kara. Pwn it.