The Amas Valentine's Day benefit concert performance of It Ain’t Nothin’ but the Blues that was scheduled for Feb. 14 has changed venues. The benefit performance will take place at the Douglas Fairbanks Theatre rather than the Equitable Life Theater as earlier reported.
An Amas spokesperson confirmed the change of venue and said that the benefit has all but sold out. "We're doing very well," the spokesperson said. "We only have a few seats left."
Amas also reports that First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton has come onboard as the event's honorary chair.
As reported earlier, the program honors Rosetta LeNoire and celebrates the 31st anniversary of the founding of Amas Musical Theatre.
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. The benefit will be held at the Douglas Fairbanks Theatre, located at 432 West 42nd Street, on Valentine's Day at 8:00 PM. For information contact Tina Posterli at (212) 563-2565.
-- By Murdoch McBride