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Review: Broadway's 'West Side Story' Offers Nada Nuevo
By Lee Hernandez | 08/06/2009 - 15:33

After watching Karen Olivo take home a Tony for her role in the Broadway revival of West Side Story, and hearing all of the buzz surroudning the play, I decided I had to check it out. After watching the show, which opened in March and can currently be seen at NYC's Palace Theatre, I was left wondering why 91-year-old American playwright and director Arthur Laurents revived this play if nothing new was going to come of it.


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Exclusive: Tony Award Winner Karen Olivo Shares Her Story
By Laura Checkoway | 06/09/2009 - 16:05

At the Palace Theater in New York City, the crowd cheers the loudest for Karen Olivo. She isn’t the lead of Broadway’s West Side Story revival, but as Anita, the Puerto Rican spitfire and Sharks gang girl originally played by Chita Rivera in the 1957 musical (and Rita Moreno four years later in the film version), she’s the one the audience jump to their feet for.


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Prince Falls in Love with Karen Olivo
By Mariela Rosario | 06/09/2009 - 10:25

Pint-size pop music powerhouse Prince was apparently so taken with Karen Olivo after watching her accept her TONY award that he decided right then and there that he had to meet her...that very night!


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VIDEO: Karen Olivo & David Alvarez Take Top Honors at Tony Awards
By Mariela Rosario | 06/08/2009 - 09:34

Karen Olivo and David Alvarez took home top honors at the 2009 Tony Awards, held last night at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.


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'West Side Story' Is Already a Broadway Hit
By Shani Saxon-Parrish | 03/03/2009 - 16:20

West Side Story doesn’t officially open until March 19, but preview sales for the first seven shows reached as high as $1,042,713, according to Fox News. That would make it the second most popular play on the Great White Way, coming in right after hit musical Wicked.


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Javier Muñoz Is the New Lin-Manuel Miranda
By Monica Herrera | 02/11/2009 - 16:56

Meet the new Usnavi! Now that Tony (and Grammy) Award-winner Lin-Manuel Miranda is officially bowing out of In the Heights, the Broadway show's new starring attraction is Nuyorican native Javier Muñoz, who's been dutifully playing understudy to Miranda (as well as taking on the roles of Usnavi's cousin, Sonny, and bad boy Graffiti Pete) for some time.


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