Theater People Podcast Welcomes Tony-Winning star of IN THE HEIGHTS, WEST SIDE STORY Karen Olivo

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Theater People Podcast Welcomes Tony-Winning star of IN THE HEIGHTS, WEST SIDE STORY Karen Olivo

On Monday, August 4th the Theater People Podcast welcomes Tony-winner Karen Olivo. Olivo made headlines in 2013 when she announced on her blog that she would be taking a step back from acting and leaving New York City in order to move to Madison, Wisconsin to pursue other interests and passions.

On the episode, she discusses what led to this decision, what she is doing now, and her decision to return to the New York stage this past June in the Encores production of Jonathan Larson's "Tick Tick Boom" at New York City Center.

Olivo also recounts highlights from her stage career including making her Broadway debut in "Rent"--a role she won from an open call--, "In The Heights" and her Tony winning turn as Anita in the 2009 Arthur Laurents helmed production of "West Side Story."

Find this and all previous episodes at www.theaterppl.com. You can follow the show on Twitter and Instagram, and "Like" it on Facebook. You can also subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, and get the each new episode a day early.

Recently, Theater People Podcast host Patrick Hinds spoke to BWW about how the show got started, and why Lauren Osnes made him sick to his stomach. Theater People Podcast was also one of the shows selected as part of BWW's Top-20 Podcasts for Theatre Fans.

Previous guests on the Theater People Podcast include Tony-winner Cady Huffman (THE PRODUCERS), Tony-nominee Annaleigh Ashford (KINKY BOOTS), Tony-nominee Laura Osnes (BONNIE & CLYDE, RODGERS + HAMMERSTEIN'S CINDERELLA), Tony-winner Daisy Eagan (THE SECRET GARDEN), stage and screen star MICHAEL URIE (UGLY BETTY, BUYER & CELLAR), Broadway star and webseries creator Andrew Keenan-Bolger(NEWSIES, SUBMISSIONS ONLY), Tony-nominee Anika Larsen (BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL), Tony-winning director Michael Mayer (THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE, SPRING AWAKENING, AMERICAN IDIOT, HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH), two-time Tony-winner Katie Finneran (NOISES OFF, PROMISES, PROMISES), Eden Espinosa (WICKED, BROOKLYN, RENT), Anthony Rapp (RENT, IF/THEN), Olivier-Winner Lesli Margherita (MATILDA), Tony-winner Tonya Pinkins, and two-time Tony nominee Robin De Jesus.

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