By Edward Kliszus
On August 16, luminaries, guests, friends, and the press converged to pop a cork and celebrate the champagne launch of the AMT theater’s fabulous new season. The new theater has 99 comfortable seats in a freshly designed performance space. The venue shall meet and exceed the artistic visions of the many artists to grace the stage now and in the coming years.
It was exciting to be back for this auspicious occasion! I recently attended the charming musical tale Adventures in Vegas, starring Andrea Bell Wolff. Adventures in Vegas is just one of the shows projecting the excitement and creativity possible in this new venue.
The new AMT theater at 345 West 45th Street is a neighborhood venue accessible to thousands of locals and visitors from around the world. Conveniently located in the Broadway theater district in Hell’s Kitchen and just steps from Times Square, the AMT is uniquely situated to serve and enrich the lives of all who grace its spectacular theater space. The locale is just right for residents from neighboring Manhattan Plaza, MiMa, and Silver Towers.
The theater is designed in an elegant, crisp black-and-white theme, providing the perfect landscape for the delights of musical, dance, visual, and dramatic arts. At today’s event, many in the know wore black and white clothing while AMT served delicious black and white cookies.
AMT executive producer Joan Pelzer came to the stage for welcomes and introductions. Aptly adorned in black and white, Pelzer excitedly spoke of the theater’s new life and how the theater provides premium access to performing arts for the local and regional communities.
Pelzer introduced director Tony Sportiello, who cited the many exciting upcoming productions and events. Sportiello also spoke about the theater’s history and how every detail of the new theater space was meticulously designed. He noted the theater’s elegant black and white theme, elevated seating to ensure a clear view of the stage from any angle, state-of-the-art sound and lighting, and a discretely located orchestra pit above the stage.
Producer Al Tapper followed and spoke of his inspiration for this special neighborhood theater, the excitement of the new 10-year lease, and AMT’s mission to mentor the next generation through children’s stage performances and theater workshops. Tapper provided insights into his current musical theater production, An Unbalanced Mind, and heralded the theater’s location in the heart of the Broadway theater district. Moulin Rouge is just across the street! Tapper also noted the continuous and marked interest of outside organizations to rent the space for their own productions.
The AMT has something for everyone, including script readings, previews, plays, musicals, and a comprehensive dramatic arts program for children. It’s all about inspiration, craft, aspirations, dedication, live music, and forward thinking.
Pelzer introduced the vivacious, talented Artistic Youth Director Mary Lauren, who leads the children’s programs. Lauren heralded their recent summer youth program and spoke of the 26 children who presented Shrek 2 and extended their sold-out run due to its popularity. Seeing several of the AMT’s budding artists attending today’s soiree was delightful. We can expect more shows personalized for the children.
We were treated today to selections from one of the currently running shows, An Unbalanced Mind, featuring cast members Dana Abers, Brian Childers, L. R. Davidson, and Joshua Pyram.
An Unbalanced Mind is directed by Kelli Maguire with music, lyrics, and book by Al Tapper, and music direction and orchestrations by David Wolfson.
Ken Rizzo on bass, Greg Landes on drums, Justin Rothberg on guitar, and Noelle Rueschman on Reeds.
An Unbalanced Mind is a fabulous musical theater production with great musicians providing singing, dancing, and live music. The show boasts marvelous costuming, choreography, lighting, and sound in a marvelous, intimate theater space. The dance routines and singing in this fresh, new, and original musical theater production evoked sheer joy!
I caught up with critic Elizabeth Ann Foster and Seth Bisen-Hersch, Author and Composer of the new musical Love Quirks.
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