Broadway veteran Karen Olivo has just launched a Kickstarter campiagn to raise funds for her debut solo album, which has a planned release in Fall 2015. Olivo writes: "I have always wanted to do an album of my own and even began working on one not long ago. Unfortunately, I was unable to complete the process...life happened. After choosing a new direction for my art, I'm back to finish what I started. I can't wait to share it with all of you!"
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Karen Olivo recently played lawyer "Cassie Reynolds" on NBC's HARRY'S LAW opposite Academy Award winner Kathy Bates and appeared Off-Broadway in MURDER BALLAD. Prior to that, she starred as Anita in the acclaimed Broadway revival of West Side Story, directed by Arthur Laurents, a role which garnered her the 2009 Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical. Karen also earned Drama Desk, Drama League, and Outer Critics Circle Award nominations for her portrayal of the iconic character. In addition, Olivo received her second straight Astaire Award nomination for Best Female Dancer on Broadway, an award she previously won in 2008.
Olivo originated the role of Vanessa in both the Off-Broadway and Broadway productions of the Tony Award-winning musical, In the Heights. Exploring three days in the lives of a group of Dominican-American characters living in Washington Heights, In the Heights was also the recipient of the 2007 Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Off-Broadway Musical, the 2007 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Musical, and the 2007 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Ensemble. Furthermore, Olivo was featured in In the Heights: Chasing Broadway Dreams, a televised documentary highlighting their road to the New York stage.