Kara DioGuardi Makes "Chicago" Broadway Debut
Kicking off her eight week run on the Broadway stage, Kara DioGuardi made her debut as Roxie Hart in "Chicago" at the Ambassador Theatre in New York City on Tuesday night (September 6).
After treating the audience to a fabulous portrayal of the merry murderess, the former "American Idol" judge made a curtain call alongside fellow cast member Amra-Faye Wright before disappearing backstage.
Talking with TheaterMania prior to the stage show's launch, Miss DioGuardi explained how the job came about, as she said, "The producers made a tradition of calling people who you wouldn't expect to be on Broadway!"
When asked if the Broadway experience has been a lifelong dream, Kara told, "I went to Broadway as a kid, I saw Annie. I had a real love for it. As a little girl, you have dreams of being on Broadway, but I never thought I would be here. It's been some journey for me."
Also dishing about the rehearsal process, 40-year-old DioGuardi dished, "I learned the words two months before rehearsals. The memorization of lines was tricky for me. I was in Europe this summer and was practicing. That helped when I got to rehearsals. Once we started, I got this incredible, fast review on dancing and acting. The cast has been extremely welcoming. They have been so nice and embraced me. I started hanging out with them immediately when I got there. It has been a blast."