Tony Winner Olivo Sidelined From West Side Story Due to Broken Foot; Cortez Steps In

News   Tony Winner Olivo Sidelined From West Side Story Due to Broken Foot; Cortez Steps In
Karen Olivo, the triple threat who won a Tony Award for playing Anita in the hit revival of West Side Story, broke her foot during the May 8 performance of that classic musical at the Palace Theatre.

Karen Olivo
Karen Olivo Photo by Aubrey Reuben

Since that time, the role of Anita has been played by understudy Natalie Cortez, who will continue in the role while Olivo recovers. Olivo is expected to need six to eight weeks recovery time.

Olivo has also been seen on Broadway in Rent, Brooklyn and In the Heights. She recently landed a recurring role in the acclaimed TV series "The Good Wife."

Directed by its two-time Tony Award-winning librettist Arthur Laurents, West Side Story features the original Jerome Robbins choreography restaged by Tony Award nominee Joey McKneely. The Tony-nominated Broadway revival began previews at the Palace Theatre Feb. 23, 2009, and opened March 19, 2009. The production recouped its $14 million investment after 30 weeks.

The cast recording of the Broadway revival recently won the Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album.

West Side Story was penned by two-time Tony Award winner Laurents (book) and multiple Tony and Grammy Award winners Leonard Bernstein (music) and Stephen Sondheim (lyrics).

The current Broadway production features scenic designs by James Youmans, costumes by Tony Award nominee David C. Woolard, lighting by Tony Award winner Howell Binkley, hair by Mark Adam Rampmeyer and sound design by Tony Award nominee Dan Moses Schreier.

Producers are Kevin McCollum, James L. Nederlander, and Jeffrey Seller with Terry Allen Kramer, Sander Jacobs, Roy Furman / Jill Furman Willis, Freddy DeMann, Robyn Goodman / Walt Grossman, Hal Luftig, Roy Miller, The Weinstein Company and Broadway Across America.

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