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HIT OFF-BROADWAY MUSICAL
“ROMEO & BERNADETTE”
A MUSICAL TALE OF VERONA AND BROOKLYN
BOOK AND LYRICS BY MARK SALTZMAN
MUSIC ADAPTED FROM CLASSIC ITALIAN MELODIES
DIRECTED & CHOREOGRAPHED BY JUSTIN ROSS COHEN
MUSIC VIDEO OF "MOONLIGHT TONIGHT OVER BROOKLYN”
SET TO STREAM SEPTEMBER 7-10
ALL DONATION PROCEEDS TO BENEFIT FOOD BANK FOR NEW YORK CITY
New York, NY (8/27/20) – Amas Musical Theatre (Donna Trinkoff, Artistic Producer) and the cast and creative team of Romeo & Bernadette: A Musical Tale of Verona and Brooklyn, have created a Zoom-inspired video of a show-stopping moment from the hit show - “Moonlight Tonight Over Brooklyn” - a Valentine to the Borough of Love. In fact, Theatermania touted: “The company and the four-member band, led by music director Aaron Gandy, have a standout in "There's Moonlight Over Brooklyn," a song that makes a good argument for a cast recording.” The video will stream for four days only – September 7-10 – on the Amas Musical Theatre YouTube channel – here. Music may indeed be the food of love, but our bodies need nourishment as well. To that end, donations will benefit the Food Bank of the City of New York, and can be made through the Amas portal at: www.amasmusical.org/donate.
This is just one magical moment from Amas Musical Theatre’s critically acclaimed production which ran in early 2020 and was showered with multiple honors: Off-Broadway Alliance Award nomination: 2020 “Best Musical”– Romeo & Bernadette; Drama Desk Award nominations: “Outstanding Book of a Musical” – Mark Saltzman and “Outstanding Lyrics of a Musical”- Mark Saltzman; Outer Critics Circle Award honorees: “Outstanding Book of a Musical” – Mark Saltzman, “Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical” (Broadway or Off Broadway): Judy McLane.
Romeo, yes, THAT Romeo - awakens and finds himself in 1960 Brooklyn, chasing a girl he believes is his beloved Juliet. But no, it's Bernadette, the beautiful, foul-mouthed daughter of a crime family in this wild spoof of Shakespeare’s timeless tale.
Directed by Justin Ross Cohen, the cast for Romeo & Bernadette features Nikita Burshteyn, Anna Kostakis, Carlos Lopez, Michael Marotta, Michael Notardonato, Ari Raskin, Troy Valjean Rucker, Zach Schanne, Viet Vo and Judy McLane.
The creative team includes Walt Spangler (Scenic Design), Fabio Toblini and Joseph Shrope (Costume Design), Ken Billington (Lighting Design), Andrew Keister (Sound Design), Aaron Gandy (Music Director), Steve Orich (Musical Supervision/Arrangements/Orchestrations), Daniel Gonko (Audio Editor), Kathryn Wright (Associate Choreographer). Christine Viega is the Production Stage Manager. Casting is by Carol Hanzel Casting, CSA.
Romeo & Bernadette was developed and presented by Amas Musical Theatre (Donna Trinkoff, Artistic Producer) at A.R.T./NY Theatres. Originally produced by Coconut Grove Playhouse, Miami, FL, and Paper Mill Playhouse, Millburn, NJ.
Amas Musical Theatre is a non-profit, multi-ethnic theatrical organization founded in 1968 by Ms. Rosetta LeNoire. Amas (“you love” in Latin) is devoted to the creation, development and professional production of new American musicals, the celebration of cultural equity and minority perspectives, the emergence of new artistic talent, and the training and encouragement of inner-city young people.
For 37 years, Food Bank For New York City has been the city’s major hunger-relief organization working to end hunger throughout the five boroughs. Nearly one in five New Yorkers relies on Food Bank for food and other resources. Food Bank takes a strategic, multifaceted approach that provides meals and builds capacity in the neediest communities, while raising awareness and engagement among all New Yorkers. Through its network of more than 1,000 charities and schools citywide, Food Bank provides food for more than 80 million free meals per year for New Yorkers in need. Food Bank For New York City’s income support services, including food stamps (also known as SNAP) and free tax assistance for the working poor, put nearly $36 million each year into the pockets of New Yorkers, helping them to afford food and achieve greater dignity and independence. Food Bank’s nutrition education programs and services empower more than 50,000 children, teens and adults to sustain a healthy diet and active lifestyle on a limited budget. Working toward long-term solutions to food poverty, Food Bank develops policy and conducts research to inform community and government efforts. To learn more about how you can help, please visit foodbanknyc.org. Follow us on Facebook (FoodBank4NYC), Twitter (@FoodBank4NYC) and Instagram (@FoodBank4NYC).
“If you like MUSICALS, you like COMEDY, and you like SHAKESPEARE, YOU’LL LOVE THIS SHOW!” – OPPLAUD.COM
“OUT-AND-OUT HILARIOUS! A new take on Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet so clever and well performed, it's been worth waiting centuries for.” – EDGE Media Network
“Like Moonstruck mixed with The Soprano’s and LAUGH-OUT-LOUD FUNNY!”
- TIMES SQUARE CHRONICLES
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