Amas Benefit Concert Celebrating our 46th Anniversary COCKTAIL AND AUCTION VIEWING WELCOME and INTRODUCTIONS MASTER OF CEREMONIES
PETER FILICHIA THE ROSETTA LeNOIRE MUSICAL THEATRE ACADEMY
Selections from FAME Title Song "Fame" by Dean Pitchford & Michael Gore CASSIE BARCKETT PAUL BYRD CELIA GOODING JULIEN FERET WAYNE HAMPTON AUDREY LANG BENJAMIN MILLER SHEIKA MURRAY LOUISE PALMER ANDREW ODNORALOV KATHERINE OQUENDO ALANI GABRIELLE RAMIREZ MICHELLE RICHARDS ISABELLA RIVERA QUINCY RODRIGUEZ AMY TOLENTINO
Directed by CHRISTOPHER SCOTT Music Director ROBIN GIESBRECHT Academy Director LILLIAN COLLAZO - LIVE AUCTION with ROB KEEFE -
“An Evening with Vivian Reed” with BERTILLA BAKER CHAPMAN ROBERTS RAUN RUFFIN Special Guest JANINAH BURNETT Synth RAY NACCARI Bass GARY FOOTE Sax HENRY YOUNG Drums DAMON DUEWHITE Music Director WIILLIAM FOSTER McDANIEL PRESENTATION OF THE ROSIE AWARD
DANNY HOLGATE NORM LEWIS PRESENTATION OF THE ROSETTA LeNOIRE SCHOLARSHIP AWARD SHEIKA MURRAY AFTERPARTY BEVERAGES, HORS D’OEUVRES AND DESSERT SILENT AUCTION
HONORARY BENEFIT CHAIR ANDRÉ DE SHIELDS
Honorary Committee JOEL AND RHELA ARAGONA BOB AVIAN and PETER PELESKI JOE BOLDUC and JEFFERY LARSEN DONNA LYNNE BURNS ROBERT G. BECKER and TIMOTHY BUTLER WILLETTE KLAUSNER DAN MANJOVI JENNIFER MANOCHERIAN JOE MORTON STEPHANIE ROSENBERG PAUL and LINDA SACCONE ERIC H. WEINBERGER CHARLI YANDOLINO
AMAS BOARD OF DIRECTORS MARVIN KAHAN, Chair KAREN L. PICKERILL, Vice Chair KERMITT BROOKS, ESQ., President MICHAEL RUBENSTEIN, Treasurer JOAN LIMAN, MD, Secretary MARC L. BAILIN, ESQ. SHARLEEN COOPER COHEN MONICA W. DUKE BEN GADON DARRYL REUBEN HALL MARVIN KAHAN JEFFREY KENT ERIC KREBS DANIEL F. LEVIN MARION E.D. PENG NEAL RUBENSTEIN KENNETH TEATON ALEXANDRA TRINKOFF, ESQ.
OUR HEARTFELT THANKS TO TONIGHT’S SPONSORS SHARLEEN COOPER COHEN MARK DALTON TERRY SCHNUCK
AND OUR PLATINUM SUPPORTERS JOEL AND RHELA ARAGONA 42nd STREET DEVELOPMENT CORP/THE 42ND STREET FUND KATHLEEN JENKINS MARVIN KAHAN BRUCE LEVINE NOBUKO KOBI NARITA MARION E.D. PENG KAREN PICKERILL BARBARA ROSS CATHERINE SCHREIBER and MILES N. RUTHBERG WILLETTE KLAUSNER ERIC WEINBERGER REGINALD VAN LEE
THE ROSIE AWARD
his recognition, commemorating the life work of Rosetta LeNoire, is bestowed on those individuals who have demonstrated extraordinary accomplishment and dedication in bringing our world more closely together through the theatrical arts; in the elimination of ignorance and prejudice, the creation of opportunity for the disadvantaged, and the celebration of human diversity in all its myriad forms. In Rosie's own words, "In all our wonderful differences, in each of our unique colors, our special beauties, we are, each of us, one of God's flowers. What a glorious bouquet!"
2003 OSSIE DAVIS and RUBY DEE 2004 GEOFFREY HOLDER, CARMEN deLAVALLADE and ERNST & YOUNG 2005 LESLIE UGGAMS, BRIAN CASHMAN and JPMORGANCHASE FOUNDATION 2006 MAURICE HINES and VERIZON 2008 PHYLICIA RASHAD and PRICEWATERHOUSECOOPERS 2009 DIONNE WARWICK and WOODIE KING 2011 GEORGE C. WOLFE 2012 B. SMITH 2013 ERIC KREBS 2014 HINTON BATTLE and SCOTT McLUCAS
THE ROSETTA LENOIRE SCHOLARSHIP AWARD
mas established the Rosetta LeNoire Scholarship Award in memory of Amas’ founder. Rosetta loved children above all and believed that bringing young people together to study and work in musical theatre would promote awareness, tolerance and racial harmony. The Scholarship Award recognizes those students of the Rosetta LeNoire Musical Theatre Academy who have demonstrated leadership, professional discipline, talent and potential. This Award supports their quest for higher education.
2014 HONOREE AND SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT HINTON BATTLE and PAUL BYRD
ROSETTA LENOIRE Founder of Amas Musical Theatre Because of her pioneering work at Amas Musical Theatre, Rosetta was awarded the 1999 National Medal of Arts for “outstanding contributions to the excellence, growth, support and availability of the arts in the United States.” Ms. LeNoire’s career as a performer on the Broadway stage, in film and on television, 1911-2002 spanned over 70 years. Bill “Bojangles” Robinson was her godfather and Eubie Blake was her mentor. Her Broadway debut was in 1939 in Mike Todd’s Hot Mikado. She appeared on Broadway in The Royal Family, Blues for Mr. Charlie, Lost in the Stars, The Sunshine Boys, Sophie, and You Can’t Take It with You. Rosetta portrayed Stella in Anna Lucasta for two years on Broadway, as well as in the film version, with Sammy Davis Jr. and Eartha Kitt. Rosetta went on to perform on such television hits as “Benny’s Place” with Louis Gossett, Jr., “Search for Tomorrow,” “The Guiding Light,” “A World Apart,” “Amen” and played Nell Carter’s mother in “Gimme a Break.” For eight years, Rosetta portrayed Mother Winslow on “Family Matters.” In 1968, Rosie decided to share her talent by opening a multi-ethnic theatre, which would provide a nurturing atmosphere for actors, but also serve as a performing arts center for children, adults and senior citizens. She named her theatre Amas, Latin for “you love.” The theatre is dedicated to bringing all people together through theatre arts. In 1989, Actors’ Equity Association acknowledged Rosetta’s and Amas’ contribution to the American theatre by bestowing a yearly award in her honor, making her the first recipient. Producers and theatre companies who exemplify Rosetta’s commitment to multicultural production and casting in the theatre are annually given the treasured Rosetta LeNoire Award.
NORM LEWIS 2015 AMAS “ROSIE AWARD” HONOREE In May 2014, Norm made history as the first African American Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway. His most recent television appearances can be seen on NBC's "The Blacklist," CBS' "Blue Bloods," as well as his recurring role, Senator Edison Davis, on ABC's hit drama "Scandal." Norm received Tony, Drama Desk, Drama League, and Outer Critics Circle Award nominations for his performance as Porgy in the Broadway production of The Gershwins’ Porgy & Bess. Norm also had a very successful year-long run in London as Javert in the West End’s Les Miserables, and was honored to perform the same role for the “Les Miserables 25th Anniversary Concert” (broadcast by PBS from London’s O2 Arena). Other Broadway credits include: Sondheim on Sondheim, with Vanessa Williams and Barbara Cook, The Little Mermaid (King Triton), Les Miserables (Javert), Drama League Nomination, Chicago (Billy Flynn), A mour (Painter), The Wild Party (Eddie), Side Show (Jake), Miss Saigon (John), and The Who’s Tommy (The Specialist). Off-Broadway, Norm has performed in Dessa Rose (Drama Desk nomination, AUDELCO Award), Shakespeare in the Park’s The Tempest, Two Gentleman of Verona (Drama League nomination), Captains Courageous, and A New Brain. Regionally, Norm has been seen in The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess (A.R.T.), Ragtime, Dreamgirls (with Jennifer Holiday), First Y ou Dream, Sweeney Todd, and The Fantasticks. ]
His film credits include “Winter’s Tale,” “Sex and the City 2,” “Confidences,” and “Preaching to the Choir.” Television credits include the New York Philharmonic’s “New Year’s Eve: A Gershwin Celebration, the upcoming Live From Lincoln Center’s production of his American Songbook Series concert, NY Philharmonic’s production of Showboat, “Amercian Voices,” “Black List,” "Blue Bloods," "Scandal,” “Mystery Women,” “All My Children,” “As the World Turns,” “Cosby,” and “Strong Medicine.” Norm was recently one of the producers of the recent “Black Stars of the Great White Way Reunion Concert” at Carnegie Hall, celebrating 100 years of the contribution, influence and legacy of African American men on Broadway. Norm's solo debut album "This is The Life" can be found on amazon.com as well as cdbaby.com. Visit his website at www.normlewis.com.
DANNY HOLGATE 2015 AMAS “ROSIE AWARD” HONOREE A native of Boston, Massachusetts, Danny attended the Berklee School of Music, had a tour of duty with the U.S. Army Band, attended Manhattan School of Music as a piano major with studies in composition and theory, and later studied advanced orchestration with Nicholas Flagello. For many years he taught piano and theory at the Third Street Music School while appearing in the New York area and touring in South America with his Holgate, Perkins & Shaw Jazz Trio. For three years he was also at City College of New York teaching Contemporary Vocal Pop Styles. Mr. Holgate’s credits include: musical director and arranger for Mikki Grant’s Don’t Bother Me I Can’t Cope and Bubbling Brown Sugar, musical supervision and arrangements for Guys and Dolls (revival), EUBIE, Rainbow Jones, dance arranger for Odyssey, starring Yul Brynner, and coproducer and musical arranger for It’s Nice to Be Civilized at Amas Musical Theatre. He also performed the role of Jimmy Powers with Lonnette McKee and also with S. Epatha Merkerson in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill in New York and was the musical supervisor and arranger for the show. He also toured the show with Gail Nelson performing the role of Billie Holiday. His pre-Broadway shows include: Daddy Goodness, Two Faces of Africa, Golden Boy (revival), Stringbean with Leslie Uggams, Sweet and Hot (an evening of Harold Arlen), A retha, Queen of Soul, Blackbirds of Broadway (musical revue of the 20’s and 30’s), Cookin’ at the Cookery (the life and music of blues singer Alberta Hunter), a revival of Storyville (New Orleans 1930’s) and Ella (the life and music of the legendary Ella Fitzgerald. In addition, Mr. Holgate collaborated with Rosetta LeNoire at Amas Musical Theatre over the years on various shows, including Mikki Grant’s It’s So Nice to Be Civilized and Step into My World, Helen, and Bubbling Brown Sugar, which went on to Broadway. He is the producer and arranger for the musical revues: Puttin’ on the Ritz
and This Joint Is Jumping, which have often been performed on cruise ships as well as for concerts and Symphony “Pops” Orchestras across the United States. He has been a popular vocal coach putting together club acts and arrangements for numerous performers, including legends: Lena Horne, Carol Channing, Alexis Smith and Timmy Rodgers. For many years, he was also the conductor and arranger for the legendary Cab Calloway and for the annual jazz festivals with the Hi-Di-Ho Orchestra. Mr. Holgate’s musical flexibility has taken him from the recording studios and to radio and television commercials and has actively arranged music for Symphony Orchestras such as: Chicago, Buffalo, Oklahoma, Detroit, Portland, San Francisco, Hartford, Indianapolis and New Jersey. With the Palm Beach POPS he orchestrated for full orchestra and band, A Salute to Louis Armstrong, which continues to be part of their annual season. He is married to singer Gail Nelson, and they reside in New York City. His daughter Denyce Wilkins, a prominent New York lawyer, and husband Bill, live in Brooklyn with their twin daughters Danah and Danielle and son, Jahquan.
PETER FILICHIA—MASTER OF CEREMONIES Peter Filichia has spent most of the last 45 year s writing about theater as a critic for a daily newspaper (The Star-Ledger in Newark, NJ), a magazine (TheaterWeek) and as a weekly Internet columnist (Playbill, Theatermania, Music Theatre International, Broadway Direct and Masterworks Broadway). Peter is the author of Let’s Put on a Musical; The Biggest Hit of the Season/The Biggest Flop of the Season; Broadway Musicals’ Most Valuable Players; Strippers, Showgirls, and Sharks and The Great Parade: The Remarkable 1963-64 Broadway Season, which will be published on April 7, 2015. His play Games, about bullying, has seen high school productions in all 50 states and six foreign countries. His play, A dam’s Gifts: A New Christmas Carol was a finalist for a Terrence McNally Award. He has been president of the Drama Desk Awards and holds that post now with the Theatre World Awards. He has served as an assessor for the National Endowment for the Arts, and for the past 20 years, has been both the musical theater judge for the ASCAP Awards program and the critic-in-residence for the University of Cincinnati-Conservatory of Music.
Congratulates Amas Musical Theatre and Rosie Award Honorees Danny Holgate and Norm Lewis
VIVIAN REED Vivian Reed is a multi-award winner with two Tony Award nominations, a Drama Desk Award, a Theatre World Award, an Outer Critics Circle Award, a Dance Education of America Award, a NAACP Award and several others. Vivian began formal voice training at the age of eight at the Pittsburgh Musical Institute, later continuing at New York's Juilliard School of Music followed by years of extensive dance training. She became a polished performer under the guidance of Honi Coles and Bobby Schiffman of the Apollo Theater. Vivian auditioned for the musical ‘Bubbling Brown Sugar,’ the first of several popular revues based on music of the ‘20s and ‘30s. Although she was hired immediately, she soon discovered there was no existing part for her, so she created the role of ‘Young Irene.’ The show toured the country to rave reviews before it opened on Broadway; likewise a smash success! Her show-stopping performance, included a dazzling song and dance production of ‘Sweet Georgia Brown’ and a unique vocal rendition of ‘God Bless the Child’ that won her critical acclaim. After Broadway, Vivian went to Los Angeles to open another company of ‘Bubbling Brown Sugar’ and then on to Europe with the show, touring such countries as England, Germany, Switzerland, Holland, Italy and France. While recognizing Vivian’s own unique talents, Paris proclaimed her ‘The New Josephine Baker.’ She captured the attention of Pierre Cardin, who booked Vivian into his theater and held her over for several weeks. Through Cardin, she went to Japan for the first time and made her first European TV special. Later, she was invited by the Prince and Princess of Monaco to perform in Monte Carlo. Vivian has appeared on many TV variety and talk shows both nationally and internationally including “The Tonight Show,” “The Today Show” and the ABC-TV daytime drama, “One Life to Live.” She has shared the bill with notable performers as Bill Cosby, Pattie Labelle, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Audra McDonald, Elaine Stritch, Alan King, Sammy Davis Jr., Quincy Jones, Ashford and Simpson and Charles Aznavour, just to name a few. Her film credits include Heading for Broadway, L’Africaine with Catherine Deneuve and Le Rumba, in which she portrayed Josephine Baker. Recently she produced and starred in a short film W hat Goes A round written by Angela Gibbs. Vivian has also brought her nightclub act to major gatherings of organization and dignitaries, including Mercedes Benz, IBM, Top Fashion
Designers Gala at the Theatre Champs Elysees and the American Film Festival in Deauville. She appear at the Festival del Vina in Chile, along with other top performers like Laura Branigan, Sting, Mister Mister and Jon Secada. There she received the coveted ‘Torch Award,’ an honor bestowed by the mayor and citizens of Vina for only the most exceptional and stirring performances. Besides her international success as an actress and entertainer, she has also been featured in the world’s most read and influential news and fashion magazines such as Vogue, Elle, Paris Match, People, Ebony, Jet (cover) and Time Magazine. Her personal style and taste for designer clothes have won her a place on Mr. Blackwell’s Best Dressed Women List and she was selected selected by People magazine as one of the '25 Most Intriguing People of the Year.' Vivian has received critical acclaim in major productions of Sophisticated Ladies, The Roar of the Greasepaint…, Blues in the Night, Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope, High Rollers, Show Boat in which she portrayed the role of 'Queenie' - and Tintypes. Her recent plays include Blues for an Alabama Sky, Crumbs from the Table of Joy, Pork Pie and Cookin' at the Cookery. Vivian was featured in the highly anticipated Marie Christine at Lincoln Center. She also portrayed Lena Horne in a new piece, More Than a Song with the Pittsburgh Ballet Company at the Benedum Theater. Vivian contributed her talents to the Lena Horne Awards Show hosted by Bill Cosby honoring Rosie O'Donnell and Quincy Jones at the Ford Center for the Performing Arts in New York. She appeared in Three Mo' Divas, the follow-up to Three Mo' Tenors at the San Diego Rep. and Arena Stage in Washington, DC and as an actress received critical acclaim for her portrayal as Gloria Franklin in The Second Tosca written by Tom Rowan. Vivian has also given back her talent by teaching nearly three years at Berklee College of Music in Boston where she created a performance class teaching the many aspects of performing and also establishing a yearly concert event called “Singer's Night.” She recently presented her nightclub act to two sold out houses at 54 Below and concluded two book musical workshops One for My Baby and Amas’ The Countess of Storyville. In 2014, Vivian Reed received the 'Kingdom of Excellence Award', an honor bestowed by Dr. Michelle Harris, CEO of V indicated magazine, for her life time achievements and spirit of excellence. Besides her theatrical career she has made a total of six albums, done voiceovers and TV commercials and she is a professional photographer and scarf designer....vjr scarves. www.vivianreed.com
SPECIAL THANKS 54 Below and Deirdre Alby Alex Trinkoff and Jeffrey Schor Anejo and Jasmine Otero Arizona Beverages, USA LLC Barefoot Wine and Bubbly Bistango at the Kimberly Hotel Brent McCrerary CarloMarco Studios Charles Mirotznik CitizenM Hotels & Noreen Chadha Darryl Reuben Hall Dr. Zhivago & Anita Waxman Fairway Fatwitch Bakery Glass House Tavern “Homeland” & Howard Gordon Honeymoon in Vegas & Mandy Tate Ibis at the Kimberly Hotel It Shoulda Been You & Daryl Roth Jason Haft Jeffrey Kent Joan and Larry Liman Joe Allen’s Restaurant Kenny Fallin La Palapa La Pulperia and Eddy Fontana Les Miserables and Laura Eichholz Macy’s & Jerry Ospa Marsha Lee Sheiness
Marvin Kahan Jersey Boys & Micah Hollingworth HBO & Monica Duke On the Town & Howard Kagen Phil Gautreau Spoonfed NYC Catering & Randy Witherspoon Renaissance New York Hotel Times Square & Bonnie Caravaglia Rosie O’Grady’s Restaurant Sharleen Cooper Cohen Thalia Restaurant & Avi Camchi The Benjamin Hotel & Albona Ipekli The Capital Grille & Melissa Trumbull The Heidi Chronicles & Steven Strauss The Kimberly Hotel & Jennifer Manocherian The Lambs Club & John Fanning & Tracie Simon The Phantom of the Opera & Katherine M. James Trader Joe’s Triton Gallery & Nick VanHoogenstraten Two Little Red Hens Vivian Reed
MORE SPECIAL THANKS To the Baruch Performing Arts Center, to our invaluable Sponsors and Auction Contributors for their irreplaceable support, to the Amas Board and the Benefit Committee who believe in the mission of Amas, to the dedicated staff at Amas - Jan, Chris, Lillian, Fanny, Veronica, and the rest of the crew; thanks to our MC Peter Filichia, and to the incomparable Vivian Reed and her crew for sharing their talent with us all.
Benefit Producer DONNA TRINKOFF Auction and Event Coordinator LILLIAN COLLAZO Assistant Marketing Coordinator RACHEL SCHENK Presentation Scripts JAN HACHA Director CHRISTOPHER SCOTT Production Manager KAREN PARLATO Sound Design JOSH LIEBART Assistant Stage Manager JONATHAN BACHMAN Press Representative RICHARD HILLMAN PR Photographer BEN HIDER Videographer MICAH JOEL AMAS MUSICAL THEATRE STAFF
Artistic Producer DONNA TRINKOFF Managing Director JAN HACHA Artistic Associate CHRISTOPHER SCOTT Artistic Associates MICHAEL BUSH, PHILLIP GEORGE, LYNNE TAYLOR-CORBETT Academy Director LILLIAN COLLAZO Administrative Assistant FANNY GONCALVES Interns SOPHIE CASH, WAYNE HAMPTON, VERONICA PAREDES, CAROLINE ROTTKAMP Dance Instructor/Choreographer MONICA JOHNSON Academy Music Director TREVOR BACHMAN Teaching Artists JANICE LOWE, LIZ PICCOLI Webmaster and Graphics JEFF W. STACY
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TO THE BRILLIANTLY TALENTED AND INCOMPARABLE
Thank you for your generous support of Amas
TO THE WONDERFUL
We are honored that you are part of The Amas Family.
TO THE STAFF AND BOARD OF AMAS ESPECIALLY TO
Our wonderful leaders for your dedication and excellence over the years.
Love, Sharleen Cooper Cohen
AMAS MUSICAL THEATRE CONTRIBUTORS 2014-2015 Amas gratefully acknowledges the many Foundations, Corporations, and Government Agencies for their support throughout the year The National Endowment for the Arts The New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council The New York City Council Funded Coalition of Theatres of Color Initiative
Actors Equity Association Foundation Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation AXA Foundation Barbara Bell Cumming Foundation Eubie Blake Scholarship Fund BMI Foundation Burgdorff Foundation The Bill and Jeanne Cantor Scholarship Fund Alexander H. Gordon, M.D. Memorial Fund Mary Hobbs Griffith Foundation Frederick Loewe Foundation Hyde and Watson Foundation The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation The Lucille Lortel Foundation North Haven Arts and Enrichment The Michael Tuch Foundation Ampacet Corporation HBO
Amas Musical Theatre is New Yor k’s pioneer ing champion for diver sity and multiculturalism in the performing arts. Amas (Latin for "you love") is devoted to the exploration of minority perspectives and the celebration of the very differences that help reveal our common humanity, through the creation, development and professional production of new American musicals, the emergence of new artistic talent, and the training and encouragement of under -served young people. Amas was founded in 1968 by visionary actress/producer Rosetta LeNoire (1911-2002), who saw musical theatre as a collaborative art form uniquely suited to the elevation of understanding within and across cultures … through the impact of inspired story and song. Under the leadership of Artistic Producer Donna Trinkoff, Amas has emerged as a respected laboratory for the development of new musicals, and a valued platform for their launch. Recent Amas Mainstage premieres include: --Red Eye of Love-- "A romantic musical with stunning cast, beautifully realized presentation and message for our times," Edge NY; --The Other Josh Cohen– Six Drama Desk Nominations including Outstanding Musical; Lortel Award Nomination for Outstanding Musical; OffBroadway Alliance Nomination for Best New Musical. "Superb and sweetly funny. Brisk and satisfying, a result of spandex-tight writing, crackling comic delivery and clever direction," New Y ork Times; --Triassic Parq—“One of the most entertaining youth-culture musicals in recent years—utterly frivolous, silly, vulgar, and very well performed. [And,] quite moving,” The New Y orker. Amas Labs and Workshops give librettists, lyricists and composers the opportunity and additional resources to develop their work with expanded creative support, collaborative input, and rehearsal and public performance with top New York talent. In the last ten years, Amas has assisted the development of over sixty new musicals, engaging almost two thousand diverse theatre professionals and performing for over 75,000 audience members. Amas Education Programming teaches musical theatre performance skills to New York-area youth expanding career horizons, and promoting empathy, self-awareness, and teamwork. The Rosetta LeNoire Musical Theatre Academy is our flagship education pr ogr am, in continuous oper ation since the mid-1970s, enrolling up to 35 diverse young people ages 14—20 in classes and rehearsals on Saturdays and some Sundays from October through May.
AmasMusical MusicalTheatre Theatre Amas 46 Years of Multicultural MusicalTheatre Theatre 45 Years of Multicultural Musical 2014 – 2015 Red Eye of Love Book and Lyrics by Arnold Weinstein and John Wulp, music by Sam Davis, directed by Ted Sperling *World Premiere Amas Salon Gotta Getta Girl Book and lyrics by Peter Charles Morris, music by David Caldwell, directed by Phillip George Fame Conceived and developed by David deSilva, Book by Jose Fernandez, lyrics by Jacques Levy, music by Steve Margoshes Choreo by Monica Johnson Dir by Christopher Scott RLMTA Production Vivian Reed in Concert Benefit Concert 2013 – 2014 The Countess of Storyville Book by R.M. Cohen, music by Martin Silvestri, lyrics by Joel Higgins Dir and choreo by Lynne Taylor-Corbett Workshop Production 9 to 5 Music and lyrics by Dolly Parton, book by Patricia Resnick Choreo by Monica Johnson Dir by Christopher Scott RLMTA Production
2012 – 2013 Tea for Three Written by Eric H. Weinberger and Elaine Bromka Directed by Byam Stevens Mainstage Production The Other Josh CohenBook, music and lyrics by David Rossmer and Steve Rosen Directed by Ted SperlingMainstage Production Drama Desk Award Noms Outstanding Musical, Outstanding Book Musical, Outstanding Music and Lyrics, Outstanding Actor Outstanding Featured Actress, Lucille Lortel Nom Outstanding Musical; Off Broadway Alliance Award Nom Best New Musical * World Premiere Christine Andreas Live! “Love Is Good” featuring Martin Silvestri Benefit Concert Hello, Dolly! Book by Michael Stewart, music and lyrics by Jerry Herman Choreo by Monica Johnson Dir by Christopher Scott RLMTA Production 2011 – 2012 TRIASSIC PARQ! The Musical Written by Marshall Pailet, Bryce Norbitz and Steve Wargo Dir by Marshall PailetMainstage Production Lucille Lortel Nom
Outstanding Choreography * World Premiere Amas American Song Salon—An Evening with Klea Blackhurst The Songs and Sass of Ethel Merman Dir by David Glenn Armstrong Salon Series Lillias White “The American Songbook and Beyond” featuring the music of Duke Ellington, by Coleman and others Benefit Concert Marry Harry Book by Jennifer Robbins, music by Dan Martin, lyrics by Michael Biello Dir by Kent Nicholson Workshop Production Seussical: The MusicalBook and music by Stephen Flaherty, book and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, co-conceived by Mr. Flaherty, Ms. Ahrens and Eric Idle Choreo by Monica Johnson Dir by Christopher Scott RLMTA Production 2010 – 2011 Aesop and Company Book and music by John McMahon, lyrics by Jay Jeffries Choreo by Warren Carlyle Dir by Jay Binder Workshop Production Me and Miss Monroe Book and lyrics by Charles Leipart, music by William Goldstein Choreo
by Christopher Gattelli Directed by John Rando Amas Workshop Amas American Song Salon—An Evening with Gerard Alessandrini Directed by Philip George Romance in Hard Times Written by William Finn Directed by Michael Bush Benefit Concert Damn Yankees Book by George Abbott and Richard Bissell, music and lyrics by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross Choreo by Monica Johnson Dir by Christopher Scott RLMTA Production 2009 – 2010 Signs of Life: A Tale of Terezin Book by Peter Ullian, music by Joel Derfner, lyrics by Len Schiff Dir by Jeremy DobrishMainstage Production * World Premiere The Magic of Salsa Kingdom Dir and choreo by Maria Torres Mainstage Production An Evening with Maurice Hines featuring the Diva Orchestra Benefit Concert Pajama Game Book by George Abbott and Richard Bissell, music and lyrics by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross
Choreo by Monica Johnson Dir by Christopher Scott RLMTA Production 2008 – 2009 For Lovers Only Dir and choreo by Christopher Scott Workshop Production Signs of Life: A Tale of Terezin Book by Peter Ullian, music by Joel Derfner, lyrics by Len Schiff Dir by Jeremy Dobrish Workshop Production 40th Anniversary Gala Concert Selections from Amas musicals Directed by Maria TorresBenefit Concert No, No Nanette Book by Otto Harbach and Frank Mandel, music by Vincent Youmans, lyrics by Irving Caesar and Otto Harbach Choreo by Monica Johnson Dir by Christopher Scott RLMTA Production 2007 - 2008 Wanda’s World Book by Eric H. Weinberger, music and lyrics by Beth Falcone Dir and choreo by Lynne Taylor-Corbett Mainstage Production + World Premiere Calloway Award, Drama Desk Nom Best book, Lortel Nom Outstanding Musical and Choreography
Mama, I Want to Sing Book and lyrics by Vy Higgensen and Ken Wydro, additional music by Rudolf V. Hawkins Dir by Rajendra Ramoon Maharaj Benefit Concert Street Dreams: The Inner City Musical Book by Eve Merrimam, music and lyrics by Helen Miller Choreo by Monica Johnson Dir by Christopher Scott RLMTA Production 2006 - 2007 Magpie Book by S.M. Jacobsen, music by Gary William Friedman, lyrics by Edward Gallardo Dir by Rajendra Ramoon Maharaj Workshop Production Sprang Thang Written by Goldee Greene Choreo by Monica Johnson Dir by Christopher Scott RLMTA Production 2005 - 2006 DogMusic Book and Lyrics by Mark Masi, Music by Jess Platt Dir by Alex Lippard Workshop Production On The Town Music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green Choreo by Monica Johnson Dir by Christopher Scott RLMTA Production
2004 - 2005 Raisin Based on Lorraine Hansberry’s “A Raisin in the Sun”. Book by Robert Nemiroff, and Charlotte Zaltzberg, music by Judd Woldin, lyrics by Robert Brittan Choreo by Maria Torres, Dir by Ricardo Khan Benefit Concert Lone Star Love Conceived and adapted by John Haber, music and lyrics by Jack Herrick Choreo by Randy Skinner Dir by Michael Bogdanov Mainstage Production + New York Premiere +Off Broadway TransferLortel Noms Outstanding Musical and Choreography, Outer Critics Circle nom Outstanding Musical Footloose Book by Dean Pitchford and Walter Bobbie, music by Tom Snow, lyrics by Dean Pitchford Choreo by Monica Johnson Dir by Christopher Scott RLMTA Production 2003 - 2004 Blackout Book and lyrics by Sharleen Cooper Cohen, music by Debra Barsha Directed by Phillip George Workshop Production Godspell Written by Stephen Schwartz, John Michael-Tebela Choreo by Monica Johnson
Dir by Christopher Scott RLMTA Production Stormy Weather: The Story of Lena Horne Written by Sharleen Cooper Cohen Dir by Victoria Pero Workshop Production 2002 - 2003 Zanna, Don’t! Book, lyrics and music by Tim Acito Dir and choreo by Devanand Janki *New York Premiere +Off-Broadway Commercial Transfer: John Houseman Theatre Latin Heat Conceived by Ovi Vargas, Maria Torres, Oscar Hernandez and David Coffman Dir and choreo by Maria Torres Workshop Production The Robber BridegroomBook and lyrics by Alfred Uhry; music by Robert Waldman Choreo by Monica Johnson Dir by Christopher Scott RLMTA Production From My Hometown Conceived by Lee Summers, written by Lee Summers, Ty Stephens and Herbert Rawlings, Jr., cochoreo by Leslie Dockery, Dir and co-choreo by Kevin Ramsey Mainstage Production +Off Broadway Commercial Transfer 9 Audelco nominations
2001 - 2002 Stormy Weather… The Lena Horne Story Written by Sharleen Cooper Cohen Directed by Billie Allen Workshop Production Little Ham Book by Dan Owen, lyrics by Richard Engquist and Judd Woldin, music by Judd Woldin Choreo by Leslie Dockery Dir by Eric Riley *New York Premiere +Off-Broadway Commercial Transfer: Once on this Island Book and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, music by Stephen Flaherty Choreo by Monica Johnson Dir by Christopher Scott RLMTA Production 2000-2001 Starmites Music and lyrics by Barry Keating, book by Stuart Ross and Barry Keating Dir by Barry Keating Mainstage Production The Me Nobody Knows Adapted by Robert H. Livingston and Herb Schapiro, Lyrics by Will Holt, music by Gary William Friedman Choreo by Monica Johnson Dir by Christopher Scott RLMTA Production 1999-2000 A Virtual Woman Conceived by Donna Trinkoff,
book by Marsha Sheiness, lyrics by Luis Santeiro, June Seigel, and Greer Woodward, music by Rick Cummins Directed by Nancy Rhodes Workshop Production Carefully Taught A Musical Revue created by the staff and students of the Academy Choreo by Monica Johnson Dir by Christopher Scott Four Guys Named Jose… and Una Mujer Named Maria! by Dolores Prida and David Coffman Choreo by María Torres, Dir by Lisa Portes *World Premiere +Off-Broadway Commercial Transfer 1998-1999 Reunion: A Musical Epic in Miniature Book by Jack Kyrieleison, traditional music arranged by Michael O'Flaherty Choreo by Karen Eisenberg Dir by Ron Holgate Mainstage Production *New York Premiere +Off-Broadway Commercial Transfer Delphi or Bust Music by Gerald Jay Markoe, lyrics by Michael Colby Dir and choreo by Christopher Scott Mainstage Production *World Premiere Rollin' on the T.O.B.A Written by Ronald Stevens
and Jaye Stewart Dir and choreo by Ronald Stevens *New York Premiere Audelco Award Best Actress +Off-Broadway Commercial Transfer +Broadway Commercial Transfer Virtual Families A Musical Review created by the staff and students of the Academy Choreo by Monica Johnson Dir by Christopher Scott. 1997 – 1998 Barrio Babies Music by Fernando Rivas, lyrics and book by Luis Santeiro Dir by Susanna Tubert 1997 Richard Rodgers Dev Award Workshop Production Out of the Night and Into the Light: Three One-Act Musicals/Operas Miss Havisham’s Wedding Night – music by Dominick Argento, libretto by John Olon-Scrymgeour Ocean Dream – Music by Victor Kioulaphides, Libretto by Nancy Rhodes I Will Wait – music and lyrics by Arif Mardin Dirby Nancy Rhodes Mainstage Production with Encompass New Opera Theatre 1996 – 1997 Bobos Music by James McBride, lyrics by Ed Shockley Choreo by
Monica Johnson Dir by Daniel Banks. *1996 Richard Rodgers Development Award Workshop Production The Princess and the Black Eyed Pea Book and lyrics by Karole Foreman, music by Andy Chuckerman Dir by Daniel Banks *1996 Richard Rodgers Development Award Workshop Production Song by Song: The Music of Michael Valenti Written and directed by Mark Waldrop Mainstage Productionn World Premiere Good, God! Book music and lyrics by George O. Brome RLMTA Production 1995 – 1996 After Hours Dir. by Nancy RhodesMainstage Production *World Premiere Paul Robeson A play with music by Phillip Hayes Dean Dir by Harold Scott Associate Producer – Longacre Theatre Bring in the Morning Lyrics by Herb Schapiro, music by Gary William Friedman Choreo by Monica Johnson Dir by Christopher Scott RLMTA Production
1994 – 1995 I Have a Name Music and lyrics by Holly B. Francis Dir by James L. Moody RLMTA Production Time and the Wind Lyrics by Norman Matlock Music by Galt McDermot Dir by Louis Johnson *World Premiere Bobos Lyrics by Ed Shockley, music by James McBride Choreo by Monica Johnson Dir by Luther Fontaine RLMTA Production 1993 – 1994 Legacy Music and lyrics by Holly Francis and Arden Altino RLMTA Production 1992 – 1993 The River Flows adapted from “Spoon River Anthology” by Edgar Lee Masters; music and lyrics by Holly Francis and Andrew Orlando Edwards; Choreo by Felicia Kennerly Dir by James Moody RLMTA Production 1991 – 1992 Gunmetal Blues Book by Scott Wentworth, music and lyrics by Craig Bohmler and Marion Adler Directed by Davis Hall Mainstage Production Junkyard Book by Manuel Mandel and Michael Sahl, lyrics by Mr. Mandel, music by Mr Sahl; musical co-staging
by Barry Finkel Dir by Avi Ber Hoffman Mainstage Production 1990 – 1991 Juba Book and lyrics by Wendy Lamb, music by Russel Walden; Choreo by Mercedes Ellington Dir by Sheldon Epps *Richard Rodgers Production Award 1989 – 1990 Capitol Cakewalk Book by Elmire Kline w/ Perry Arthur Koreger, lyrics by Lou Carter, music by Terry Waldo; choreo by Welsey Fata Dir by Tom O’Horgan *NY Outer Critics Circle Award Step into My World A music revue tracing the career of Micki Grant Choreo by Jeffrey Dobbs Dir by Ronald G. Russo 1988 – 1989 Blackamoor Based on “I, Juan de Pareja” by Elisabeth Borton de Trevino, book by Joseph George Caruso, lyrics by Helen Kromer, music by Ulpio Minucci Dir by Kent Paul Prizes Book by Raffi Pehlivanian, music and lyrics by Charles DeForest and Lee Minskoff Choreo by Margo Sappington, Dir by Lee Minskoff Paris ‘31 Book by John Fearnley, music and lyrics by Cole
Porter Choreo by Robert Longbottom Dir by John Fearnley 1987 – 1988 Robin’s Band Book by Antony Abeson and Jerry Eskow, music and lyrics by Maija Kupris Dir by Anthony Abeson Struttin’ Book, music and lyrics by Lee Chamberlain Dir by Mr Chamberlain *Audelco Award – Outstanding musical production of the year Conrack Based on “The Water is Wide” by Pat Conroy Book by Granville Burgess with Anne Croswell and Lee Pockriss, lyrics by Ms Crosswell, music by Mr Pockriss Dir by Stuart Ross 1986 – 1987 Prime Time Book by R.A. Shiomi, music and lyrics by Johnny Brandon Dir by Marvin Gordon Dazy Book by Allen Knee, lyrics and concept by Norman Simon, music by Lowell E. Mark Dir by Phillip Rose Hot Sake…with A Pinch of Salt Based on “A Majority of One” by Leonard Spiegelgass, book and lyrics by Carol Baker and Lana Stein, music by
Jerome I. Goldstein Choreo by Audrey Tischler Dir by Bill Martin 1985 – 1986 Sh-Boom Book and lyrics by Eric V. Tait Jr., music by Willex Brown, Jr. and Mr Tait, choreo by Audrey Tischler Dir by Stuart Warmflash La Belle Helene Book by John Fearnley, adapted from A. Herbert’s “Helen”, lyrics by David Baker, music by Jacques Offenbach, Choreo by J. Randall Hugill Dir by John Fearley The Peanut Man Book by Melvin Hasman, musical arrangements by William Greg Hunter Choreo by Andy Torres Dir by Reggie Life Bingo Based on “The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars and Motor Kings” by William Brashler, book by Ossie Davis and Hy Gilbert, lyrics by Mr Gilbert, music by George Fischoff Choreo by Henry LeTang, Dir by Ossie Davis 1984 – 1985 Manhattan Serenade A Musical Revue based on the music of Louis Alter, book by Karen Kottrell and Alfred Heller, compiled and arranged by Mr Heller, Dir and choreo by Bob Rizzo Northern Boulevard Book by Kevin Brofsky,
music and lyrics by Carleton Carpenter; Choreo by Dennis Dennehy Dir by William Martin Anonymous Book, music lyrics and dir by Vincenzo Stornaiuolo 1983 - 1984 Blackberries Conceived and written by Joseph George Caruso, sketches by Billy K. Wells, addt’l material by Andre DeShields Dir and choreo by Mr DeShields Sing Me Sunshine Book by Robert E. Richardson and Johnny Brandon, music and lyrics by Mr Brandon Choreo by Henry Le Tang, Dir by Jack Timmers The Buck Stops Here Book by Norman J. Fedder, music and lyrics Richard A. Lippman Choreo by Tim Mellett Dir by Reggie Life Miss Waters to You Book by Loften Mitchell, based on a concept by Rosetta LeNoire Dir by Billie Allen 1981 – 1982 Opening Night Book, music and lyrics by Corliss Taylor-Dunn and Sandra Reeves Phillips Choreo by Mabel Robinson Dir by William Michael Maher Five Points Book by Laurence Holder,
music and lyrics by John Braden, Dir by William Michael Maher Louisiana Summer Book and lyrics by Robert and Bradley Wexler, music by Rocky Stone, Choreo by Eiko Yamaguchi Dir by Robert Stark 1980 – 1981 The Winds of Change Book by Franklin Tramutola, lyrics by Gary Romero, music by Joseph D’Agostino Choreo by Robin Reseen, Dir by William Michael Maher The Crystal Tree Book and lyrics by Doris Julian, music by Luther Henderson Dir by Billie Allen Langton Speaks An original revue based on the work of Langston Hughes Dir by Bob Brooker A Local Dilemma Book by Frederick MacKinnon, lyrics by Alan Baboff, music by Fred Lederman Mo’ Tea Miss Ann? Book and Lyrics by Bebe Coker, music by Leander Morris, Dir and choreo by Denny Shearer Will They Ever Love Us on Broadway? Book, music and lyrics by Osayande Baruti Dir and choreo by Mabel Robinson
1979 – 1980 And Still I Rise Book and Lyrics by Maya Angelou, music by Lalo Schifrin Dir by Ms Angelou Before The Flood Book by Rudy Gray, lyrics by Paul Piteo, music by David Blake Choreo by Mabel Robinson Dir by Billie Allen Dunbar Adapted by Ayanna, lyrics by Lonnie Hewitt and Paul Lawrence Dunbar, Music by Paul Tilman Smith and Quitman Flood, III, Dir by Ron Stacker Thompson Jam, A Jazz Odyssey Book by John Gerstad Choreo by Dennis J. Shearer Dir by William Mooney Mama, I Want To Sing Book and lyrics by Vy Higginsen, lyrics and add’l story by Key Wydro, music by Richard Tee Dir by Duane L. Jones + Off-Broadway Commercial Transfer 1978 – 1979 Sparrow in Flight, The Story of Ethel Waters Conceived by Rosetta LeNoire, book by Charles Fuller, Choreo by Bernard Johnson Dir by Dean Irby Helen Book by Lucia Victor, music and lyrics by Johnny Brandon
Dir by Lucia Victor It’s So Nice to Be Civilized Book, music and lyrics by Micki Grant Choreo by Fred Benjamin, Dir by Jeffrey Dunn +Broadway Transfer Suddenly the Music Starts A musical revue by Johnny Brandon Choreo by Henry Le Tang Musical staging by Mr Lee Tang and Lucia Victor 1977 – 1978 Beowulf Book and lyrics by Betty Jane Rylie, music by Victor Davies Dir and choreo by Voigt Kempson Adam, The Life of Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Book by June Ahlert, music and lyrics by Richard Ahlert Boston, Boston Book by William M. Maher, music by Bill Brohn, lyrics by Mr Brohn and Mr Maher, Dir and choreo by . Maher 1976 - 1977 Ragtime Blues Book and lyrics by Mitch Douglas, music by Scott Joplin, Choreo by Dennis Karr Dir by Jay Binder Bojangles! Book by Norman Mitgang, music from Bill Robinson Choreo by Frank Hatchett Dir by Ira Cirker
Save the Seeds, Darling Book by Helen Powers, music by Bill Brohn Dir by Arthur Whitelaw Come Laugh and Cry with Langston Hughes An original musical revue choreographed by Eugene Little Dir by Rosetta LeNoire 1973 – 1976 (a partial listing) Bubbling Brown Sugar Conceived by Rosetta LeNoire, book by Loften Mitchell Choreo by Fred Benjamin Dir by Robert M. Cooper + Broadway Commercial Transfer Reminiscing With Sissie and Blake Conceived by Rosetta LeNoire, Book by Louis Johnson, music and lyrics by Eubie Blake and Noble Sissie, Dir and choreo by Louis Johnson