Amas Musical Theatre will celebrate its 44th Year with a Gala evening on Monday, April 1st, 2013 featuring a special concert by two-time Tony Nominee Christine Andreas with Martin Silvestri at the piano, titled LOVE IS GOOD. The event will honor legendary producer Eric Krebs with The Rosie Award and will take place at the Baruch Performing Arts Center, East 25th Street between Lexington and 3rd Avenues beginning at 6:30pm. The evening's host will be Broadway and television star Dan Lauria (Lombardi, A Christmas Story, The Wonder Years), and the emcee will be Tony and Olivier Award Nominee Tony Sheldon (Priscilla Queen of the Desert).
The Rosie Award commemorates the life work of Amas Founder Rosetta LeNoire. It is bestowed on individuals who have demonstrated extraordinary accomplishment and dedication in bringing our world more closely together through the performing arts. The evening will also include a special performance by teen students of the Rosetta LeNoire Musical Theatre Academy and will conclude with the presentation of the ninth annual Rosetta LeNoire Scholarship, which is given to a deserving college-bound student attending the Amas Academy.
Eric Krebs' theatrical producing career spans more than 40 years. He was the founder and director of Off-Broadway's John Houseman Theater Center and Douglas Fairbanks Theater for over 20 years. He currently operates the Playroom Theater. As a producer his twenty-plus Off-Broadway credits include Langston Hughes's Little Ham (with Amas), The Castle, Tallulah Hallelujah (starring Tovah Feldshuh), Golf: The Musical, Laughing Liberally, and several Capitol Steps shows. He was most recently represented on Broadway by Bill Maher: Victory Begins At Home (Tony nomination for Best Special Theatrical Event), Neil Simon's The Dinner Party, It Ain't Nothin' But The Blues (nominated for four 1999 Tony Awards including Best Musical) and Electra (nominated for 3 Tony Awards).
In the not-for-profit theater, he founded and for fourteen years was the Producing Director of the George Street Playhouse, a professional (LORT) theater in New Brunswick, New Jersey. In 1992 he became Chairman of the Board of Amas Musical Theatre and literally saved the company when Founder Rosetta LeNoire became a television star (Mother Winslow in Family Matters) on the west coast, by bringing Amas into the Houseman Theater Center and introducing LeNoire to Donna Trinkoff, who would run the company on her behalf. Mr. Krebs is a professor of theater arts at Baruch College, City University of New York. He is also the founder of the informational website studentrush.org as well as the owner of the School Theatre Ticket Program