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Amas Musical Theatre to Launch 45th Season with NOTES TO MARIANNE and COOKIN'!, 9/12 & 9/25-26


Amas Musical Theatre has announced the first two shows of its 45th Season! The Amas Lab series begins in September with two new musicals: notes to MariAnne and Cookin'! Both shows take place during America's heady post-World War II years, but couldn't be more different.

Written and composed by David Rossmer and Dan Lipton, notes to MariAnne is sure to captivate you with its eclectic, Americana score. Amas worked with Rossmer last year on the Drama Desk and Lortel-nominated hit, The Other Josh Cohen. notes to MariAnne is directed by Broadway favorite Leigh Silverman featuring a terrific cast. Seating is VERY limited for these two performances and we are already close to being sold out!

The second Amas Lab reading Cookin'! is written and composed by Debra Barsha (Radiant Baby) and Hollye Leven. With a musical score steeped in the early years of rock-and-roll, Cookin'!will have you dancin' in the aisles. Directed by Amas veteran, Lynne Taylor-Corbett.



Heath Calvert Natalie Charle Ellis

Santino Fontana Rachel Bay Jones

Elizabeth Judd Michael McGrath

Ken Triwush

Stage Manager Cynthia Cahill

Casting Director Carol Hanzel CASTING

Music Director Dan Lipton

Directed by

Leigh Silverman

notes to MariAnne is about finding the courage to overcome the past and change your life. A brother and sister are torn apart, then reunited a decade later under extraordinary circumstances, as new hope is found in the most unexpected of places.

With an eclectic, Americana score that embraces vaudeville, country, folk and rock, this original musical draws audiences into an unfolding family mystery.

Thursday, September 12@ 1:00pm & 4:30pm at the Steve and Marie Sgouros Theatre, 115 MacDougal Street, New York Citys (between West 3rd and Bleecker Streets). SEATING IS VERY LIMITED. To check availability, visit:

COOKIN'! A New Musical

Book, Music & Lyrics by
Debra Barsha & HOLLYE LEVEN


Ariana Shore Shelly Thomas

Musical Director

Gillian Berkowitz

Directed by
Lynne Taylor-Corbett

It's the 1950's. The beginning of rock 'n' roll. Ronald Reagan is a model for Lifebuoy Soap. Rock Hudson is on the cover of LIFE magazine as "The World's Most Eligible Bachelor." Smack dab in the middle of America, in Winnetka, Illinois, four women enter a Betty Crocker cooking contest in the hopes of changing their lives. What they get is way more than they bargained for.

Wednesday, September 25 @ 6pm; Thursday, September 26 @ 1pm & 5pm at The Players Theatre, 115 MacDougal Street, New York Citys (between West 3rd and Bleecker Streets). For Reservations visit or email or call 212 563-2565.

The Amas Musical Theatre Lab is a development series for writers, lyricists and composers to mount staged readings of their new musicals. The Amas Musical Theatre Lab is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council, the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and the Barbara Bell Cumming Foundation, the BMI Foundation, the Dramatists Guild, the Frederick S. Loewe Foundation, the Lucille Lortel Foundation, the Edith Meiser Fund, and through the generous support of many individuals.

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