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Karen Olivo

 
Birth Place:
New York, NY, USA
Bio:
Karen Olivo originated the lead role of Satine in Broadway's Moulin Rouge! (2019) after playing the role in the Boston production in 2018. Other Broadway credits: West Side Story (2009, Tony Award winner); In the Heights (2008); and Brooklyn (2004). Regional/off-Broadway credits include: Fun Home ... (read complete bio)
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Date of Birth: August 07, 1976 (45)

Birth Place: New York, NY, USA

Bio:
Karen Olivo originated the lead role of Satine in Broadway's Moulin Rouge! (2019) after playing the role in the Boston production in 2018. Other Broadway credits: West Side Story (2009, Tony Award winner); In the Heights (2008); and Brooklyn (2004). Regional/off-Broadway credits include: Fun Home ... (read complete bio)

Stage Credits

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2019
Satine
  [Boston]
World Premiere, 2018
Satine
  [Washington, DC (Regional)]
Kennedy Center Broadway Center Stage Revival, 2018
Florence Vassy
  [US Tour]
Chicago, Los Angeles, National Tour Production, 2016
Angelica Schyler
  [Off-Broadway]
Public Works Production, 2015
Penelope
  [Off-Broadway]
Encores! Off-Center Production, 2014
Performer
  [Off-Broadway]
Manhattan Theatre Club Production, 2012
Performer
  [Off-Broadway]
Second Stage Theatre Production, 2011
Anne Mae/Afua Assata Ejobo
  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 2009
Anita
  [Broadway]
Broadway Transfer, 2008
Vanessa
  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 2007
Vanessa
Vanessa
  [Off-Broadway]
2005
Jeca
  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 2005
Jeca
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2004
Faith
  [Regional (US)]
World Premiere, 2003
Performer
  [Broadway]
Broadway Transfer, 1996
Performer (Swing) [Replacement]
Maureen Johnson, Mimi Marquez (Understudy) [Replacement]
Mimi Marquez (Understudy) [Replacement]
Maureen Johnson (Understudy) [Replacement]

Photos

Robyn Hurder, Ricky Rojas, Aaron Tveit, Danny Burstein, Karen Olivo, Tam Mutu and Sah Photo

Robyn Hurder, Ricky Rojas, Aaron Tveit, Danny Burstein, Karen Olivo, Tam Mutu and Sahr Nguajah during the Broadway Opening Night performance Curtain Call bows for "Moulin Rouge! The Musical" at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre on July 25, 2019 in New York City.

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Date:
12/28/2019
Robyn Hurder, Ricky Rojas, Aaron Tveit, Danny Burstein, Karen Olivo, Tam Mutu and Sah Photo

Robyn Hurder, Ricky Rojas, Aaron Tveit, Danny Burstein, Karen Olivo, Tam Mutu and Sahr Nguajah during the Broadway Opening Night performance Curtain Call bows for "Moulin Rouge! The Musical" at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre on July 25, 2019 in New York City.

From: 
Date:
12/28/2019
Aaron Tveit and Karen Olivo during the Broadway Opening Night performance Curtain Cal Photo

Aaron Tveit and Karen Olivo during the Broadway Opening Night performance Curtain Call bows for "Moulin Rouge! The Musical" at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre on July 25, 2019 in New York City.

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Date:
12/28/2019
Bahiyah Hibah, Aaron Tveit, Karen Olivo, Danny Burstein, Sahr Nguajah, Tam Mutu, Rick Photo

Bahiyah Hibah, Aaron Tveit, Karen Olivo, Danny Burstein, Sahr Nguajah, Tam Mutu, Ricky Rojas and Robyn Hurder with cast during the Broadway Opening Night Legacy Robe Ceremony honoring Bahiyah Hibah for "Moulin Rouge! The Musical" at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre on July 25,2019 in New York City.

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Date:
12/28/2019

 

Stage

Performances
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2019
Satine

  [Boston]
World Premiere, 2018
Satine

  [Washington, DC (Regional)]
Kennedy Center Broadway Center Stage Revival, 2018
Florence Vassy

  [US Tour]
Chicago, Los Angeles, National Tour Production, 2016
Angelica Schyler

  [Off-Broadway]
Public Works Production, 2015
Penelope

  [Off-Broadway]
Encores! Off-Center Production, 2014
Performer

  [Off-Broadway]
Manhattan Theatre Club Production, 2012
Performer

  [Off-Broadway]
Second Stage Theatre Production, 2011
Anne Mae/Afua Assata Ejobo

  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 2009
Anita

  [Broadway]
Broadway Transfer, 2008
Vanessa

  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 2007
Vanessa

Vanessa

  [Off-Broadway]
2005
Jeca

  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 2005
Jeca

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2004
Faith

  [Regional (US)]
World Premiere, 2003
Performer

  [Broadway]
Broadway Transfer, 1996
Performer (Swing) [Replacement]

Maureen Johnson, Mimi Marquez (Understudy) [Replacement]

Mimi Marquez (Understudy) [Replacement]

Maureen Johnson (Understudy) [Replacement]

Karen Olivo Biography

Karen Olivo originated the lead role of Satine in Broadway's Moulin Rouge! (2019) after playing the role in the Boston production in 2018. Other Broadway credits: West Side Story (2009, Tony Award winner); In the Heights (2008); and Brooklyn (2004). Regional/off-Broadway credits include: Fun Home (2018); Hamilton (2016); tick, tick...BOOM! (2014); and By the Way, Meet Vera Stark (2011).

Karen Olivo Awards and Nominations

 
Drama League Awards - 2020 - Distinguished Performance Award
Karen Olivo, Moulin Rouge!
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2020 - Outstanding Actress in a Musical Gold Star
Karen Olivo, Moulin Rouge!
 
Tony Awards - 2020 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical
Karen Olivo, Moulin Rouge!
 
BroadwayWorld Awards - 2009 - Best Featured Actress in a Musical Gold Star
Karen Olivo, West Side Story
 
Drama Desk Awards - 2009 - Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical
Karen Olivo, West Side Story
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2009 - Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical
Karen Olivo, West Side Story
 
Tony Awards - 2009 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical Gold Star
Karen Olivo, West Side Story
 
Drama Desk Awards - 2007 - Outstanding Ensemble Performances Gold Star
Karen Olivo, In the Heights

Karen Olivo News

Alex Newell to Headline Queer Juneteenth Celebration at Feinstein's/54 Below Photo Alex Newell to Headline Queer Juneteenth Celebration at Feinstein's/54 Below
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 25, 2022

FEINSTEIN‚ÄôS/54 BELOW, Broadway‚Äôs Supper Club, will present ‚ÄėTHE FUNCTION: A Queer Juneteenth Concert Celebration.‚Äô The March On Broadway team is reuniting to bring you ‚ÄúTHE FUNCTION;‚ÄĚ A queer centered concert celebration of the powerful black history that is Juneteenth, featuring black Broadway, TV, and Recording Stars from across the gamut.

Photos: Karen Olivo and Maria Torres O'Connor Stop By ¡AMERICANO! Photo Photos: Karen Olivo and Maria Torres O'Connor Stop By ¡AMERICANO!
by A.A. Cristi - May 13, 2022

Tony Award winner Karen Olivo and director/choreographer Maria Torres O'Connor were at stopped by the Off-Broadway musical ¡AMERICANO! tonight! Check out photos from their visit!

At This Performance: Getting to Know Swings, The Backbone of Broadway Photo At This Performance: Getting to Know Swings, The Backbone of Broadway
by A.A. Cristi - Mar 20, 2022

Upon Broadway's return perhaps no member of the company has been more indispensable or rightfully lauded than our incredible covers. And of all the good folks working behind the scenes ready to keep the show going on day after day, perhaps no one works harder than the swing.

VIDEO: The Best of Broadway at the Kennedy Center Honors Photo VIDEO: The Best of Broadway at the Kennedy Center Honors
by Nicole Rosky - Dec 19, 2021

On December 22 (9pm on CBS), five Honorees will receive the 44th Kennedy Center Honors for lifetime artistic achievements. Plenty of Broadway babies have been honored at past ceremonies and the best of Broadway makes the trip to DC to tribute them. Check out just a few of our favorites.

Wake Up With BWW 12/15: DOUBTFIRE and AIN'T TOO PROUD Cancel Performances, and More Photo Wake Up With BWW 12/15: DOUBTFIRE and AIN'T TOO PROUD Cancel Performances, and More
by - Dec 15, 2021

Today's top stories include show cancellations for Ain't Too Proud of Mrs. Doubtfire, both of which suffered positive COVID-19 tests, causing the productions to cancel shows this week. Plus, watch Company perform on Good Morning America, read about this week's Broadway grosses, and more!

Karen Olivo & More to Star in Industry Readings of New Musical WE WON'T SLEEP Photo Karen Olivo & More to Star in Industry Readings of New Musical WE WON'T SLEEP
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Dec 14, 2021

We Won’t Sleep, a new pop musical based on the true story of Jeannette Rankin, America’s first congresswoman, will hold industry readings by invitation only in New York City on Thursday, December 16 and Friday, December 17.

IN THE HEIGHTS se estrenar√° en Madrid en la temporada 2022/2023 Photo IN THE HEIGHTS se estrenar√° en Madrid en la temporada 2022/2023
by Juan-Jose Gonzalez - Nov 29, 2021

El musical estará dirigido y coreografiado por José Félix Romero.

Collaboraction Names Saudia Davis New Executive Director Photo Collaboraction Names Saudia Davis New Executive Director
by A.A. Cristi - Nov 11, 2021

Collaboraction, a social justice theater company that uses theater and digital media to incite change and grow equity in Chicago, today named Saudia Davis as its new Executive Director.  

BWW Interview: Doug Varone of DOUG VARONE AND DANCERS at The Hammer Theatre Center Of Photo BWW Interview: Doug Varone of DOUG VARONE AND DANCERS at The Hammer Theatre Center Offers a Whole New Way to Experience the Iconic Score to 'West Side Story'
by Jim Munson - Oct 22, 2021

BroadwayWorld talks to award-winning choreographer and director Doug Varone about his company's upcoming program in San Jose, which includes 'Somewhere,' his take on the iconic score from 'West Side Story.' They also discuss Varone's choreography for two musicals that have become cult classics - 'The Triumph of Love' and 'Murder Ballad.'

Student Blog: My October Playlist Photo Student Blog: My October Playlist
by Student Blogger: Silvana Flores - Oct 19, 2021

Autumn is finally here and what I love the most about this season, besides Halloween, is going on walks or driving alone on my way home and listening to songs that made me feel like the main character of a fall movie. I'm sharing with you my 2021 Autumn playlist that has songs from Hamilton, spooky tunes and also some of my favorite songs at the moment. Enjoy!

Karen Olivo Videos

VIDEO: Watch Broadway Unite for the BROADWAY BACKWARDS Finale! VideoVIDEO: Watch Broadway Unite for the BROADWAY BACKWARDS Finale!
by Stage Tube - Apr 1, 2021

‚ÄúYou Will Be Found‚ÄĚ by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul is performed by Jenn Colella, Jay Armstrong Johnson and Cast Amy Adams, James Monroe Iglehart, Cheyenne Jackson, L Morgan Lee, Raymond J. Lee, Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Ruthie Ann Miles, Brian Stokes Mitchell, and many more!

VIDEO: Alex Timbers Visits Backstage LIVE with Richard Ridge- Watch Now! VideoVIDEO: Alex Timbers Visits Backstage LIVE with Richard Ridge- Watch Now!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Feb 27, 2021

Watch as he chats with Broadway director extraordinaire Alex Timbers, who is currently nominated for a Tony Award for his incredible work on Moulin Rouge! The Musical.

VIDEO: Kaitlyn Bristowe Dances to 'Sparkling Diamonds' from MOULIN ROUGE! on DANCING  VideoVIDEO: Kaitlyn Bristowe Dances to 'Sparkling Diamonds' from MOULIN ROUGE! on DANCING WITH THE STARS
by Stage Tube - Nov 24, 2020

Kaitlyn Bristowe and Artem Chigvintsev dance Freestyle to ‚ÄúSparkling Diamonds‚ÄĚ From ‚ÄúMoulin Rouge‚ÄĚ on the Dancing with the Stars Finale!

VIDEO: Jennifer Hudson Sings 'Tomorrow' From ANNIE VideoVIDEO: Jennifer Hudson Sings 'Tomorrow' From ANNIE
by Stage Tube - Oct 24, 2020

Jennifer Hudson performed Tomorrow from Annie as part of Broadway For Biden's In our America: A Concert For the Soul of the Nation earlier this week.

Broadway Rewind: Lin-Manuel Miranda, Leslie Odom Jr. & Karen Olivo Sing TICK, TICK... VideoBroadway Rewind: Lin-Manuel Miranda, Leslie Odom Jr. & Karen Olivo Sing TICK, TICK... BOOM!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Aug 1, 2020

Today we rewind to 2014, for the Encores! Off-Center production of tick, tick... boom! tick, tick... BOOM!, with book, music and lyrics by Jonathan Larson, is an autobiographical musical by the Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning composer of Rent.

BWW TV: Lin-Manuel Miranda, Idina Menzel, Ben Platt, Cynthia Erivo, Andrew Rannells,  VideoBWW TV: Lin-Manuel Miranda, Idina Menzel, Ben Platt, Cynthia Erivo, Andrew Rannells, Karen Olivo, and Christopher Jackson Pay Tribute to New York!
by BroadwayWorld TV - May 11, 2020

On tonight's Rise Up New York telethon, some of Broadway's biggest stars came together for a very special rendition of the classic tune, 'New York, New York' in tribute to the greatest city in the world!

BWW TV: Karen Olivo, Daniel Breaker and More Call for Passage of the HALT Solitary Co VideoBWW TV: Karen Olivo, Daniel Breaker and More Call for Passage of the HALT Solitary Confinement Act
by BroadwayWorld TV - Apr 20, 2020

Today, actors and activists with roles in some of Broadway's biggest hits launched a video in which they read the devastating words of people in solitary confinement in New York's prisons. While Broadway is shuttered and as people are struggling with home confinement, New Yorkers are getting just a glimpse of the horrors of solitary confinement.

BWW Exclusive: Broadway Ladies Unite to Spread Hope for Women's History Month! VideoBWW Exclusive: Broadway Ladies Unite to Spread Hope for Women's History Month!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Mar 31, 2020

Women's History Month might be coming to a close, but some ladies of Broadway are still celebrating. Moulin Rouge! The Musical's Morgan Marcell has united some of her most talented friends with India Arie's 'There's Hope.'

Broadway Rewind: WEST SIDE STORY Rumbles Back to Broadway in 2009! VideoBroadway Rewind: WEST SIDE STORY Rumbles Back to Broadway in 2009!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Mar 18, 2020

Just last month, Broadway celebrated the return of West Side Story- a daring new interpretation from director Ivo van Hove. In 2009, Broadway was celebrating the opening of a different West Side Story. This version, which opened March 19 at the Palace Theatre, starred Matt Cavenaugh, Josefina Scaglione, and Tony winner Karen Olivo, and new Spanish lyrics from Lin-Manuel Miranda. The revival would go on to play 748 performances, running just under two years.

VIDEO: Aaron Tveit Talks MOULIN ROUGE & Reveals His Favorite Broadway Show VideoVIDEO: Aaron Tveit Talks MOULIN ROUGE & Reveals His Favorite Broadway Show
by Stage Tube - Mar 9, 2020

Aaron Tveit stopped by Rachael Ray's daytime talk show on Monday, March 9 to talk about  his current role in Moulin Rouge! 


Karen Olivo Frequently Asked Questions

How many Broadway shows has Karen Olivo been in?
Karen Olivo has appeared on Broadway in 5 shows.

How many West End shows has Karen Olivo been in?
Karen Olivo has not appeared in the West End

What awards has Karen Olivo been nominated for?
Distinguished Performance Award (Drama League Awards) for Moulin Rouge! , Outstanding Actress in a Musical (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Moulin Rouge! , Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for Moulin Rouge! , Best Featured Actress in a Musical (BroadwayWorld Awards) for West Side Story , Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for West Side Story , Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for West Side Story Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for West Side Story and Outstanding Ensemble Performances (Drama Desk Awards) for In the Heights .

What awards has Karen Olivo won?
Outstanding Actress in a Musical (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Moulin Rouge!, Best Featured Actress in a Musical (BroadwayWorld Awards) for West Side Story Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for West Side Storyand Outstanding Ensemble Performances (Drama Desk Awards) for In the Heights.