*She may not be a part of ABC’s re-launch of “Star Search,” but word has it that Paula Abdul is about to make her debut on Broadway this year in the 2008 Tony Award winning musical, “In the Heights.”

“Paula will take over for Priscilla Lopez in one of the leading roles. It’s always been Abdul’s dream to star on Broadway,” a source tells RadarOnline.com.

“Paula has been in talks with producers for several weeks and made a special overnight trip to New York on March 17 just to see the successful Broadway show.”

The former “American Idol” had been offered a prominent role in the return of 1980s talent competition “Star Search,” but negotiations broke down over money, according to reports.