Lillias White, Victor Trent Cook, Carmen Ruby Floyd, Alix Korey Set for Romance in Hard Times Concert

By Andrew Gans
February 18, 2011

AMAS Musical Theater will present a benefit concert performance of William Finn's Romance in Hard Times April 4 at the Baruch Performing Arts Center.



Tony winner Lillias White will head a cast that also includes J. Bernard Calloway, Victor Trent Cook, Carmen Ruby Floyd, Robert Fowler, Andre Garner, Beth Glover, Tim Jerome, Alix Korey, Michael Mandell, Patricia Noonan and Destan Owens.

Michael Bush will direct the evening with musical direction by Matt Castle. Doors will open at 6:30 PM for the 7 PM performance.

Director George C. Wolfe will be the evening's special honoree. The award-winning director will be 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’s 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."

The fundraiser, which will include a champagne and dessert reception and a silent auction, will celebrate Rosetta LeNoire's centennial year.

Baruch Performing Arts Center is located at East 25th Street, between Lexington and Third Avenue.

For ticket information visit http://www.amasmusical.org/tickets-romance.html.