Amas Musical Theatre/Amas Song Salon To Present 'The Art Of Managing A Career In The Theatre' With N'Kenge
Amas Musical Theatre (Donna Trinkoff, Artistic Producer) and The Amas Song Salon will offer a special event as part of the company's celebratory 50th Anniversary Season. "The Art of Managing a Career in the Theatre" with actress/singer/producer N'Kenge (Motown), will be held on Monday, September 24 in a spectacular, sky-high penthouse on Central Park West. The evening will begin at 6pm with cocktails and supper, followed by the presentation at 7:30pm. Tickets are $150 (tax deductible as allowed law) and may be purchased online at www.amasmusical.org or by calling 212-563-2565. This is a one-time event and the seating is limited.
So, you are a working actress. You are making a living doing what you love most. How do you carve out a thriving career performing in concert venues while working as an actress in the theatre? How do you evaluate and choose the opportunities that come your way? It takes a lot of savvy - and style, relentless marketing and promotion, hard work, and not to mention, a lot of grit and determination. Oh yes, and talent. Lots of talent. And all the while you are raising a family.
Meet N'Kenge. A powerhouse singer who began her lifelong love of performing at the age of three. At 17, she won the Lena Horne Singing Competition Scholarship, the ASCAP Leiber and Stoller Award and the Leontyne Price Vocal Competition. She has appeared in such disparate roles as Mary Wells in Broadway's Motown, as a classical chanteuse in 3 Mo' Divas, and has appeared in over 100 solo concerts throughout the United States. Adding producer to her resume, N'Kenge is spearheading the Off-Broadway musical Dorothy Dandridge: Hollywood's Sepia Goddess.
The Amas Song Salon series, from New York's award-winning Amas Musical Theatre, is designed to present up-close and personal soirees celebrating the Broadway songbook and some of its brightest talents in a relaxed environment. Intimate, entertaining and informative.
N'Kenge is an international award-winning singer. Broadway debut: Sondheim on Sondheim; Broadway's Smash Hit Motown: The Musical where she originated the role of Mary Wells. She starred in London's West End at the Theatre Royal in a tribute to Ray Charles and has done solo engagements in New York at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, as well as the Library of Congress in Washington, DC which was broadcast worldwide on NPR. N'Kenge sang the title role in Elton John/Tim Rice Musical, Aida and in Marion Caffey's, 3 Mo Diva's where she received a Helen Hayes Nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress. She starred in Michael Jackson Tribute Show World Tour and was recently seen in NYC in the role of Mother Hare/Circe in The Golden Apple at New York City Center Encores!. N'Kenge has sung around the globe as a soloist with symphonies and most recently debuted her new show LEGENDS from Puccini to Proud Mary with Jacksonville Symphony in March 2018. N'Kenge is the conceiver of Dorothy Dandridge: Hollywood's Sepia Goddess and is thrilled to have Executive Producer Julian Stoneman bring it to London in the Fall 2018. For more info on N'Kenge's tours and recordings, visit www.nkengemusic.com
Amas Musical Theatre (Donna Trinkoff, Artistic Producer) now in its 50thyear of continuous operation isNew York City's award-winning pioneer in diversity and multi-ethnic casting in the performing arts since 1968. Amas ("you love" in Latin) is devoted to the creation, development and professional production of new American musicals through the celebration of diversity and minority perspectives, the emergence of new artistic talent, and the training and encouragement of underserved young people in the New York area. In recent years, Amas has emerged as a leading not-for-profit laboratory for new musicals, the most recent being Broadway and the Bard, starring Len Cariou and Red Eye of Love, which was awarded the Joseph A. Callaway Award for Outstanding Choreography. Its production of The Other Josh Cohenreceived six 2013 Drama Desk nominations including Outstanding Musical, a 2013 Lucille Lortel nomination for Outstanding Musical, and a 2013 Off-Broadway Alliance nomination for Best New Musical. Other shows that Amas has developed include A Taste of Chocolate, Triassic Parq, The Countess of Storyville, Distant Thunder, Marry Harry, Me and Miss Monroe, Aesop & Company, Signs of Life, Wanda's World, Shout! The Mod Musical, Lone Star Love, From My Hometown, Zanna, Don't!, 4 Guys Named Jose and Stormy Weather: Reimagining Lena Horne. Amas education programs include the Rosetta LeNoire Musical Theatre Academy, Lens on Live Theatre and in-school theatre arts residencies designed in partnership with elementary, middle, and high schools.