HOLY COW! NOW THAT WE HAVE FULLY FUNDED (less approximately 9% that GFM takes in fees), I WILL PAY THE TEAM MORE! (Because that's how I roll.) THANK YOU and THANK YOU again!
We need art now more than ever. We need joy.
This summer I was thrilled to write the score for the rock musical comedy BASTARD JONES, a sold-out success Off-Broadway at the cell theatre. The show was a "decidely American pop-rock charmer" (Broadway World) about the right to the Pursuit of Happiness no matter your birth circumstances. Proceeds were donated to Cyndi Lauper's True Colors Fund, which helps homeless LGBTQ youth.
Now I am writing a piece for the PLATFORM Series at the New York Transit Museum that celebrates friendship, life and the biggest city in America.
TRIPTYCH is a trio of ten-minute musicals that take place on the M42 Crosstown Bus. As it crosses 42nd Street from East to West, we follow three friends across three decades, as their relationships with each other - and the city - grow and change over the years. I'm writing the book, music and lyrics.
TRIPTYCH will be performed on the deconstructed bus inside the NYTM. The audience will sit both on the bus and in the wide aisles on either side.
WHY AM I DOING A CROWDFUNDER?
There is no production budget for this project, and I can't pay for it myself! And in order to do a first class premiere of TRIPTYCH, it has to be presented by professionals.
This budget covers 3 incredible performers - Evan Ruggiero, Jennifer Malenke and Rene Ruiz (who is directing), musical director Matthew Liu, a percussionist, rehearsal and production expenses (copying, props, costumes, space) and transportation. I'm putting my entire stipend for writing the show towards these expenses, so I could really use your help.
TRIPTYCH will premiere on October 17, 2017 at the New York Transit Museum in Brooklyn. Here's a great article about the PLATFORM Series from the NY Times .
GET ON THE BUS WITH US!
OH.... RIGHT... WHO THE HELL AM I?
From 1998 to 2011, NJ native AMY ENGELHARDT was the sole female voice/ writer/arranger for eclectic, Grammy®-nominated vocal quartet The Bobs .
As composer/lyricist, she recently made her Off-Broadway debut with BASTARD JONES (librettist/co-lyricist: Marc Acito), a Finalist for the Richard Rodgers Award for New Musicals, the Eugene O’Neill Theater Conference and the Alec Baldwin Fellowship (strangest trifecta ever?). Amy is also the lyricist of TESLA with Acito and Everclear keyboardist James Beaton. Other theatrical works include commissioned adaptations of Carl Sagan's CONTACT with Hungarian rocker Peter Sipos (2009 Puget Sound Theater Award – Best New Play), NICHOLAS NICKLEBY with electric violinist Eyvind Kang (Seattle’s CenterStage) and music/lyrics for the Bobs/Flying Karamazov Brothers collaboration A COMEDY OF ERAS at ACT Seattle.
Amy co-created TUNE IN TIME, New York City’s Musical Theater Game Show at the York Theatre (“The BMI writers workshop on steroids... musical theater, cerebral fun and games pushed to 11….” - StageBuddy).
Amy received the Burman Award for Songwriting from the Manhattan Association of Cabarets (MAC), and recently completed a residency at the prestigious Nautilus Composer/Librettist Studio in Los Angeles.
A graduate of Syracuse University (Musical Theatre) and Berklee College of Music (Songwriting/ Arranging), Amy is the only honorary female member of the Vienna Boys Choir. She splits her time between Los Angeles and New York City… and is probably somewhere over Nebraska right now hunched over a New York Times crossword.
- Gina Ruggiero
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