EVENT COVERAGE: THe AMT Theater Inaugural Black and White Benefit

A beautiful post-pandemic lift to the NYC theatrical community in and around Hell's Kitchen

The terrific talent performing at AMT's First Black & White Benefit (photo courtesy of AMT)
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A great time was had by all at the AMT Theater’s inaugural Black & White Benefit held on Monday evening, November 7th at the venue, 354 West 45th Street. Producer Al Tapper, and Artistic Director, Tony Sportiello spearhead AMT. The exciting new 99-seat Off Broadway theater located at 354 West 45th Street, in the heart the theater district is the first new Off-Broadway theater built in the theater district after its two-year shutdown. AMT serves as a launching pad for small shows, and as a permanent, affordable space for artists and residents in the community who want to test their works on a live New York City stage. 

It was a colorful time at the Black & White Benefit (photo AMT)

The well-attended event was a black and white sight to behold, as it is the color scheme of the stunning state-of-the-art theater, and the dress code of choice for its guests. The truly delicious menu was catered by Chef Ellen of Renegade Outpost Catering, followed by a fabulous lineup of talent for the Cabaret. Local businesses were represented in the many raffle prizes that were happily claimed by winning ticket holders.

Jack Feldstein and Joan Pelzer do the “Burns & Allen Raffle Routine”

“The recent pandemic of 2020 left a large part of New York reeling, and no industry was hit harder than theater. Shows closed, careers were put on hold, several companies lost their homes. We are hoping to be part of a rebirth here in the city. We have re-designed and re-imagine the space on 45th Street and we’ve turned it into what we feel is one of the nicest Off Broadway houses in the city. We plan to do original shows, new musicals, children’s theater, cabarets and more. We have partnered with organizations in Mexico to create an international bond developing new work. The financial challenges of what we are doing are daunting and we are working 24/7 to make our dreams a reality but we can use help. Donations made to the theater will go towards assisting us in bringing life back to the theater world of New York.”

AMT Artistic Director, Tony Sportiello, welcomes his guests.

In addition to Mr. Tapper and Mr. Sportiello, the AMT Theater staff includes Tamara Flannagan (Technical Director), Sharon Osowski (General Manager), Julia Carr (Operations Manager), Mary Lauren (Youth Director), Deborah Greenberg (Theaterfest NY Producer), Laura Iniquez (US/ Mexican Liaison), Kelli Maguire (Cabaret Director), Mateo Del Camp (Associate Producer), Mimi Warnick (New Works Development Director), and Gabrielle Piacentile (Website).

For more info please visit: AMT THEATER


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