Amas Musical Theatre To Present Second Year Of Its 'Dare To Be Different' Series

Amas Musical Theatre To Present Second Year Of Its 'Dare To Be Different' SeriesAmas Musical Theatre (Donna Trinkoff, Artistic Producer) in celebration of its 50th season, will present the second year of Dare To Be Different, a series of four new musicals and two one-night only special events from November 15 - December 1 at A.R.T./New York Theatres (502 West 53rdStreet - 10thAvenue & 53rdStreet). For reservations, please email boxoffice@amasmusical.orgor call 212-563-2565.

 

"For 50 years, Amas has been a pioneer in multi-ethnic casting and has been devoted to the creation, development and professional production of new American musicals through the celebration of diversity and minority perspectives, and the emergence of new artistic talent," says Amas Artistic Producer Donna Trinkoff. "We want to continue to present this series featuring new musicals and special one-night events that explore the stories of people who dare to be different and to give our audiences the chance to get in at the ground floor in the development process of our talented artists in an intimate and up-close and personal setting."

 

The Amas Dare to be Different Series of New Musicals and Special Events is as follows:

FOUR NEW MUSICALS IN DEVELOPMENT

 

BRIDGES

Book & lyrics by Cheryl L. Davis, music by Douglas J. Cohen, directed by Jeffrey Page

In 1965, a young woman joins a march to fight for her civil rights. Decades later, another young woman faces her own battle for equality. As their stories collide across time, each must come to terms with who she is in a changing world.

Thurs, November 15 @ 3pm & 7pm/Fri, November 16 @ 3pm (FREE)

ROMEO AND BERNADETTE - A Musical Tale of Verona & Brooklyn

Book and lyrics by Mark Saltzman, music adapted from classic Italian melodies, directed by Justin Ross

Romeo-yes, THAT Romeo-finds himself in 1960 Brooklyn, chasing a girl he believes is his beloved Juliet. But no, it's Bernadette, the beautiful, foul-mouthed daughter of a crime family in this wild spoof of Shakespeare's timeless tale.

Mon, November 19 @ 3pm & 7pm/Tue, November 20 @ 3pm ($20 member/$30 non-member)

STEALING FREEDOM: The True, Heroic Life of the Extraordinary Captain Smalls

By Scott Winfield Sublett, with traditional music, directed by Christopher Scott

(formerly Charleston Harbor) A musical of one of the greatest military feats in American History-the forgotten story of a 23-year-old slave who, in a desperate bid for freedom, attempted to steal a Confederate gunboat from the most heavily defended harbor in the South.

Thurs, November 29 @ 3pm & 7pm/Fri, November 30 @ 3pm (FREE)

DISTANT THUNDER

Book by Lynne and Shaun Taylor-Corbett, music by Chris Wiseman and Shaun Taylor-Corbett, add'l music by Robert Lindsey-Nassif, directed by Lynne Taylor-Corbett

A child is torn away from the Blackfeet Reservation and raised by his mother in Chicago. Now as a young attorney, he returns to his tribe seeking reconciliation with his estranged father and unwittingly sets off a firestorm.

Thurs, December 6 @ 3pm & 7pm/Fri, December 7 @ 3pm (FREE)

TWO ONE-NIGHT ONLY SPECIAL EVENTS

 

THE ALGONQUIN KID

written by Michael Colby, music director, Michael Lavine, directed by Charles Repole

A musical revue about growing up in the Algonquin Hotel

Saturday, November 17 @ 8pm ($25 member/$40 non-member)

WITH LOVE, MARILYN

Written by Erin Sullivan, directed by Stephanie Rosenberg, music director Garrett Taylor

Erin Sullivan stars in a special one-woman tribute to one of the most iconic romantic ingénues.

Saturday, December 1 @ 8pm ($25 member/$40 non-member)

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.

 




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