A special Feb. 14 benefit concert performance of It Ain’t Nothin’ but the Blues will be the focal point of a program honoring Rosetta LeNoire and celebrating the 31st anniversary of the founding of Amas Musical Theatre. The benefit will be held at the Equitable Life Theater on Seventh Avenue and 51st Street on Valentine's Day at 8:00 PM.
Scheduled to attend the Amas benefit are Ruby Dee, Ossie Davis, Geoffrey Holder, Nell Carter, James Earl Jones, Bobby Short, Harry Belafonte, Telma Hopkins, Julie Harris, George Grizzard and other legends of the theatre community.
Amas ("you love" in Latin) is a non-profit, theatrical organization on West 42nd Street’s Theatre Row. It was founded by Rosetta LeNoire to sustain her dream of "creating a theatre where performers and artists of all racial backgrounds could come together and share their differences."
LeNoire performed on the Broadway stage, on film, and on television. She is most widely known for her portrayal of the feisty matriarch, Mother Winslow on "Family Matters." Her unique contributions were recognized by President and Hillary Clinton when they honored her as a recipient of the 1999 National Medal of Arts.
Ticket prices are $65 for rear orchestra seats and $100 for front orchestra seats. Proceeds go toward established Amas programs. For information contact Tina Posterli at (212) 563-2565.
-- By Murdoch McBride