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Talking Tonys: 'West Side Story' star Karen Olivo

May 9, 2009 |  4:09 pm

"West Side Story" holds a few Tony Awards I.O.U.s. Back in 1958, it lost best musical to "The Music Man" and the spitfire role of Anita, played by Chita Rivera, wasn't even nominated! The Oscars got it right three years later, voting "West Side Story" best picture and giving Rita Moreno the Academy Award for best supporting actress for that part. Now there's a bold new staging on Broadway that's nominated for best revival with Anita played by Karen Olivo (Tony nominee, best featured actress), who recently originated the part of Vanessa in "In the Heights," which won best musical at the Tonys last year. 


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