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The Tony winner will release a debut album of musical theatre songs.
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Karen Olivo, who won a Tony Award for her performance as Anita in West Side Story—and will recreate her performance next week at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles—announced that she aims to drop a solo album in the fall.

“We were going to release it in the spring,” she told Playbill at this year’s Tony Awards, “and then I got in [the studio] and was like, ‘No, we’ve got to take our time. We’ve got to do it right.’”

Olivo said the album will comprise “musical theatre repertoire, but with a completely different spin.” However, she would not reveal any song titles that will be featured.

As previously announced, Olivo will recreate her Tony-winning turn as Anita in the July 14 and July 19 concert presentations of West Side Story opposite her former castmate Jeremy Jordan as Tony.

“I’m so excited to get to revisit it with Jennifer Sanchez [Rosalia] and George Akram [Bernardo],” said Olivo. “Jeremy Jordan was a standby at one point, and then he actually ended up [taking over]. And with maestro [Gustavo] Dudamel… He is the conductor of our generation. I’m really excited to do it, and I’m glad that it fits in the schedule, and I get to go out to L.A.”

The actress, who left New York City in 2013 after dealing with an internal struggle during her time in Murder Ballad, said that she is “performing more.” She is still teaching (she made her directorial debut at the University of Wisconsin Madison last year), but said that more stage work may be in her future.

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