Chita Rivera, who has two Tony Awards and seven nominations under her belt, did not receive a nomination for her performance as Anita in Arthur Laurents, Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim's musical West Side Story. Rivera was described in the 1957 New York Times review as one of several actors giving a "terse and vigorous" performance as the opinionated immigrant who extolls the virtues of America.
Following the success of My Fair Lady, expectations were high for Alan Lerner and Frederick Loewe’s next project, a musical adaptation of "The Once and Future King." But despite the past successes of these partners and a stellar cast that included Robert Goulet and Julie Andrews, Camelot was not considered royalty by the Tony nominators during “the lusty month of May.” While the leading actor and actress, as well as the scenic design, costume design, conductor and musical director were honored with nominations, the show itself was not. But the publicity for Camelot resulted in an unprecedented advance sale of three-and-a-half million dollars, and the show ran for three years. Even without a Best Musical nod, fans seemed to agree with Lancelot’s sentiment, “No, never could I leave you at all.”
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