Ep3 – Karen Olivo (West Side Story – 2009)

In This Episode

Read Full Transcript

We are currently working on uploading full transcripts for all episodes. Please email us at: support@bpn.fm & request this episode be moved to the top of the queue.

“This is a story about love” is how Arthur Laurents- writer and director of West Side Story- described the show to Karen Olivo who was cast as Anita. He went on to say “You fight because you love. The hate you feel is because you fear the thing you love will go.” On this episode of “ And The Tony Goes To…” Karen shares details about her complex and close relationship with director Arthur Laurents, with whom she connected deeply and Karen shares how she felt overwhelmed by the expectations of playing Anita- a triple threat role where one is meant to be a great dancer, singer and actress and she describes in detail how Arthur made sure that Karen felt supported in all those areas. To this day when she speaks of Arthur she gets emotional remembering what it was to work with him and how much he meant to her and of course- we talk about how her friend Lin Manuel Miranda was instrumental in her getting the role.

Hosted by Ilana Levine, Produced by Alan Seales, part of the Broadway Podcast Network.

 

Excerpt from the Tony Awards used with permission of Tony Awards Productions. Copyright © 2020 by Tony Award Productions. All rights reserved.

TONY AWARDS® is a registered trademark of American Theatre Wing, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


JOIN OUR VIP LIST

Text LISTEN to 63566 to join our Text List

RECEIVE OUR LATEST NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS

You have Successfully Subscribed!

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This