Karen Olivo at Legacy Theatre

Karen Olivo

Karen Olivo

The Legacy Theatre in Tyrone, GA will host Tony Award-winning performer Karen Olivo in an intimate concert on Saturday, September 28, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.

Legacy is ecstatic to be able to offer this caliber of entertainment to Fayette and surrounding counties! Ms. Olivo recently 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. She also earned Drama Desk, Drama League, and Outer Critics Circle Award nominations for her portrayal of the iconic character. In addition, Ms. Olivo received her second straight Astaire Award nomination for Best Female Dance on Broadway, an award she previously won in 2008. In addition to these accolades, she originated the role of Vanessa in both the Off-Broadway and Broadway productions of the Tony Award-winning musical, In the Heights. She also performed in Rent and Brooklyn on Broadway as well as Murder Ballad and By the Way, Meet Vera Stark Off-Broadway. Ms. Olivo’s television credits include The Good Wife, Law & Order and Harry’s Law.

“This is a huge honor for the Legacy and an amazing opportunity for our patrons here in South Atlanta and beyond” says Legacy Artistic Director, Mark Smith. Smith goes on to say that the Saturday night concert is definitely a once in a lifetime event for Broadway musical devotees in the area because an intimate, one-on-one concert like this in New York with such a well respected and admired artist would sell out quickly and fetch a high ticket price. Ms. Olivo has stated that she “will be performing songs at the Legacy that have impacted her career and her  life.”

In addition to the concert, the Legacy will also provide an opportunity for area students to participate in an exclusive workshop with Ms. Olivo the morning of the concert. The combined workshop and concert is the idea of Executive Producer, Bethany Hayes Smith. “I was actually brain-storming of ways to bring Broadway to our patrons and give a once-in-a lifetime opportunity to the incredibly talented kids we teach,” says Smith. “I realized that many of my friends and colleagues from my years performing, including Karen, have had the opportunity to perform on Broadway. Why not see if they would like to come to the Legacy, experience some Southern hospitality for a weekend, and do what they do best—perform!” Ms. Olivo is actually the first of many acclaimed Broadway performers the Legacy plans on bringing down for workshops and concerts. “It’s so funny to me,” Smith continues, “but each person I’ve  approached has been so excited about getting out of New York for a while, getting out of the rat race, and just singing for the fun of it. They also can’t wait to experience working with the kids.”

Ms. Olivo states that her morning workshop is designed to guide students through a session  working with their strengths and weaknesses. She will be providing auditioning tips and facilitating a round table discussion about process. “I teach in a lot of different places around the country and haven’t been to Atlanta as much,” states Ms. Olivo. “I’m excited to get to know the talent there.” There are still a few openings in the workshop that will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, September 28, 2013. Reserve a space for your child in the workshop by calling the Legacy box office at (404) 895-1473 or by going online at www.thelegacytheatre.org. Tickets are on sale now for the concert and may be obtained online or by calling the box office. It is recommended that you purchase early since the event will sell out!