By Kate Ward
Updated June 17, 2011 at 09:13 PM EDT
Credit: Tommaso Boddi/PR Photos

Did you think Kara DioGuardi was one funny honey on American Idol? Well, you’re in luck: The former judge and current Platinum Hit host will paint the town on the Great White Way in Chicago, a rep for the songwriter confirms. Starting on Sept. 5 for eight weeks, DioGuardi will play Roxie Hart, the merry murderess who enjoys a brush with fame after her arrest for her lover’s murder. (It’s the role played by Renée Zellweger in Rob Marshall’s big-screen version.)

Now, we’ve had a run-in with DioGuardi’s pipes a few times before — remember her season 8 finale duet with bikini girl? — so we know she can sing. Pretty darn well, at that. But can she act? Out of all of the previous, well-known leading ladies who graced Broadway’s stage in Chicago (and there have been plenty — I even saw Lisa Rinna play Roxie one year), this casting actually excites me the most. So much mystery! Unlike folks like Bebe Neuwirth, Michelle Williams, and Melanie Griffith, we have no idea how DioGuardi will fare on stage. Will she prove to be Broadway’s perfectly packaged artist? Or will we see through her like Mrs. Cellophane?

So count me in to see DioGuardi’s razzle dazzle. What about you, PopWatchers? Lipschitz.

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