Amas Musical Theatre Academy to Present On the Town, May 12-21

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Students of the Amas Musical Theatre Academy will present On the Town at the Hudson Guild Theatre (441 West 26th Street) for two weeks in May. Directed by Christopher Scott (Golf! The Musical) with choreography by Monica Johnson, the beloved Leonard Bernstein/Comden and Green musical about three sailors on 24 hour leave in NYC will open on Friday, May 12th and play nine performances through May 21st.

The show will feature musical direction by Marshall Keating, set design by Michael V. Moore, lighting design by Herrick Goldman, costume design by Cheryl A. McCarron, and sound design by SFX Productions.

On the Town features music by Bernstein, and lyrics and book by Betty Comden and Adolph Green. With a score that includes "New York, New York," "Some Other Time," and "Lonely Town," the show opened on Broadway on December 28th, 1944 to run for 462 performances. The show was last revived by the Public Theater for a Broadway production in 1998.

The Rosetta LeNoire Theatre Academy, created by Amas Musical Theatre, is a performing arts training program open to students of all ethnic backgrounds from the five boroughs ages 14-20. Classes in singing, dancing and acting are held on Saturdays from October through May, culminating every spring with a fully-stage Off-Off-Broadway production of a major American musical. Recent seasons have included critically-acclaimed productions of Footloose and The Me Nobody Knows.

"Amas Musical Theatre (Donna Trinkoff, Producing Director) is a not-for-profit, multi-ethnic performing arts organization founded in 1969 by Rosetta LeNoire (1911-2002). Amas (which means 'you love' in Latin) is devoted to the creation, development and professional production of new American musicals, the celebration of diversity and minority perspectives, the emergence of new artistic talent, and the training and encouragement of inner-city young people. Recent Amas productions include Lone Star Love, or the Merry Wives of Windsor, Texas; Stormy Weather :The Story of Lena Horne; From My Hometown; Zanna, Don't!; Langston Hughes' Little Ham; and Four Guys Named Jose and una mujer named Maria," state press notes.

The performance schedule for On the Town is: Friday, May 12th at 7:30 PM, May 13th 3 and 7:30 PM, May 14th 3 PM, May 18th at 7:30 PM, May 19th 7:30 PM, May 20th at 3 and 7:30 PM and, May 21st at 3 PM.

Tickets are $18 with $12 seats available for students and seniors. Reservations can be made through SmartTix at (212) 868-4444.

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