By Krissie Fullerton
05 Apr 2011
Tony winner Lillias White led the cast that also included J. Bernard Calloway, Carmen Ruby Floyd, Robert Fowler, Andre Garner, Beth Glover, Tim Jerome, Alix Korey, Michael Mandell, Patricia Noonan and Destan Owens.
The evening kicked off with a dance performance by the Maria Torres Emerging Artists. Next, members of the Rosetta LeNoire Musical Theatre Teen Academy offered a rendition of "Heart" from Damn Yankee.
Mos Def introduced Rosie Award recipient George C. Wolfe prior to the headlining performance.
Here's a look at the evening:
Director George C. Wolfe was the evening's special honoree. The award-winning director was presented with the Rosie Award, named for Amas' late founder, Rosetta LeNoire. The Rosie Award "is bestowed on those individuals who have demonstrated extraordinary accomplishment and dedication in bringing our world more closely together through the performing arts," according to press notes.
In a statement Donna Trinkoff, Amas' producing artistic director said, "George C. Wolfe epitomizes the artistic generosity, vision and inclusiveness that our Rosie Award recognizes. His work challenges us to embrace a higher standard of humanity. And, so do the brilliant songs of Romance in Hard Times. Many of them were thought to be lost, and we're so grateful to William Finn for helping us assemble these gems once again. Lillias White leads the perfect ensemble of star-studded talent to bring us all together at this centennial birthday party."
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