By Adam Hetrick
11 Mar 2009
|Photo by Joan Marcus|
The 7 PM benefit honors Grammy winner Dionne Warwick and New Federal Theatre founder Woodie King, Jr., who will both be presented with the Rosie Award, named for AMAS founder Rosetta LeNoire. Tony-winning actress Leslie Uggams will present Warwick with her honor, while screen actor Reginald VelJohnson will present King, Jr. with his.
The gala will also feature selections from past AMAS musicals, including Bubbling Brown Sugar, It's So Nice to Be Civilized, Zanna Don't!, SHOUT! The Mod Musical, Four Guys Named Jose, Stormy Weather, Langston Hughes's Little Ham, From My Hometown, Lone Star Love and Wanda's World. Maria Torres will direct with musical direction by William McDaniel.
Set to perform are Adrian Bailey (The Little Mermaid), Raymond del Barrio (Guys and Dolls), Anton Briones, Erin Crosby (Shout!), Janet Dacal (In the Heights), James Royce Edwards (Wanda's World), Harriet D. Foy (The American Plan), Carmen Ruby Floyd (Avenue Q), Kevin R. Free (From My Hometown), Andre Garner (How the Grinch Stole Christmas), Georgia Hair, Beth Leavel (Minsky's, The Drowsy Chaperone), Michelle Marmolejo, Olga Merediz (In the Heights), Trish Rapier (The Boy from Oz), Sandra Reaves-Phillips, Vivian Reed, Nicolle Rochelle (Marie Christine), Eliseo Roman (In the Heights), Sandie Rosa (Wanda's World), Erica Shroeder, Denise Summerford (Taboo), Corliss Taylor-Dunn, Clarke Thorell (Hairspray), Kirk Torigoe (Bombay Dreams) and Christopher Vettel.
The gala will be held at Lighthouse International, located at 111 East 59th Street in Manhattan. Founded by Rosetta LeNoire in 1968, AMAS Musical Theatre has been an award-winning pioneer in diversity and multi-ethnic casting in the performing arts.