Move over Chita Rivera, Rita Moreno and Karen Olivo… There’s a new “Anita” stealing the show in West Side Story… And her name is Naya Rivera.
During this week’s episode of Glee, the 24-year-old half-Puerto Rican actress’ character, Santana Lopez, starred as Anita in William McKinley High School’s production of the musical, West Side Story.
In the episode, Rivera was a showstopper as Anita, the scene-stealing role that landed Moreno an Academy Award and Olivo a Tony Award.
Rivera’s big performance of “America” was pure musical theater magic, while her duet of “A Boy Like That”/”I Have a Love” was a gem.
It’s no wonder why the ALMA Award-winning singer/actress—who signed a deal with Columbia Records to produce a solo album—has seen her stock rise on FOX’s hit musical comedy series. She’s gone from back-up singer and dancer to lead vocalist in more and more performances recently. Here’s hoping there’s plenty more to come!
This week’s episode is available for viewing on the Fox.com.