Composer/Lyricist



Amy Engelhardt 


Amy recently made her Off-Broadway debut as composer/co-lyricist and vocal arranger of BASTARD JONES (with co-lyricist/librettist Marc Acito of Broadway's ALLEGIANCE). Its summer 2017 run at the cell theatre quickly sold out, and the production's leads, Evan Ruggiero and Elena Wang were both nominated for the Clive Barnes Award for their performances. The pop/rock musical adaptation of Henry Fielding's TOM JONES, a Richard Rodgers Award for New Musicals and IMEA Best Score of a Musical Finalist, was developed at Millikin University with a NAMT Writers' Residency Grant. Selections from the score have been featured in the Festival of New American Musicals' MusiCal (Rockwell Hollywood) and the Phoenix Theatre's Caleb Reese Festival of New Plays & Musicals. 




In the fall of 2017, Amy was commissioned to write TRIPTYCH, a trio of 10-minute musicals set on the M42 Crosstown Bus, for the New York Museum of Transit's PLATFORM Series.


Amy also wrote lyrics/vocal arrangements for TESLA (book by Acito, music by James Beaton). A developmental reading was produced in NYC by the New Musical Foundation, also funded by a NAMT grant.


Amy is the creator, director and Artistic Producer of TUNE IN TIMENew York City's Musical Theater Game Show, which premiered at Stage72 before moving to the York Theater Company in fall 2014.  


Amy wrote lyrics for commissioned adaptations of Carl Sagan's CONTACT with Hungarian rocker Peter Sipos (2009 Best New Play, Theater Puget Sound) NICHOLAS NICKLEBY with electric violinist Eyvind Kang.

Alongside Tony winners Sheldon Harnick and David Zippel, she wrote lyrics for IN THE NAME OF LOVE, a "review-sical" showcasing the music of composer/orchestrator Don Oliver, which had a developmental reading at the York Theatre. 




During her 14 years as "Amy Bob," a vocalist and primary writer/arranger in The Bobs, she spearheaded and wrote music and lyrics for the Bobs/Flying Karamazov Brothers theatrical collaboration, A COMEDY OF ERAS at ACT Seattle. 

She has contributed incidental music and/or special musical material for MOTHER, MAY I at Baltimore's Strand Theater (dir. Rain Pryor), HOLLYWOOD NURSES (Chip Deffaa Festival, NYC), THAT SINKING FEELING and THE DOG AND PONY SHOW (Free Associates, Chicago), THE EGG GAME (Present Company, NYC), THE NEW NORMAL (John Raitt Theater, Hollywood), THE PEZ SHOW (Hollywood/NYC/Rooftop Comedy online) and the podcast TELL ME WHO YOU ARE. A creative consultant on Ashley Brown’s (Broadway’s Mary Poppins) PBS concert special CALL ME IRRESPONSIBLE (2011 Telly Award for Outstanding PBS Programming), Amy was also Musical Director/Arranger for the world premiere of multiple MAC-Award winner Terese Genecco's DRUNK WITH LOVE: A Tribute to Frances Faye at San Francisco's New Conservatory Theater. 

Amy was honored by the Manhattan Association of Cabarets (MAC) with the Dottie Burman Award for Songwriting and a Nautilus Composer/Librettist Residency. She was one of 10 Semi-Finalists for the inaugural Billie Burke Ziegfeld Award for musical theatre composer/lyricists.


From 1998-2011, she performed everywhere from Lincoln Center to Los Angeles to Lichtenstein in concerts and vocal, folk and jazz festivals with Grammy-nominated vocal "band without instruments," The BobsHer writing, arranging and vocal work is featured on 4 of their CDs and DVDs including RHAPSODY IN BOB, Amy's brainchild with Bob Malone of the John Fogerty Band. The centerpiece of the show with the same title was Gershwin's concerto arranged for honkytonk piano and vocal orchestra (The Bobs). It premiered at Wolf Trap and toured for several years through Columbia Artists Management.



Amy’s solo CD, NOT GONNA BE PRETTYhailed as the "unlikely marriage of Nellie McKay and Meat Loaf," was nominated for two Just Plain Folks Music Awards--"The Grassroots Grammys" according to the LA Times: Best Female Singer-Songwriter and Best Modern Rock Song (“Like Me”). Her take on the Virgin Mary's unique December predicament (also a Doctor Demento favorite), featured on Harry Shearer and Judith Owen's EP, CHRISTMAS WITHOUT TEARS, was recently called "one of the funniest Christmas songs of all time" (KQED, San Francisco).



As a singer/songwriter, Amy has appeared in New York at venues including the Duplex (three BroadwayWorld Cabaret Award Nominations), Don't Tell Mama, The Salon, City Winery, Iridium, Cafe Iguana, Caffe Vivaldi, TALE, WORD, Cast Party at Birdland, Uptown Cabaret and BAM's Howard Gilman Opera House, and in LA at Los Angeles Women in Music, M-Bar Hollywood, SongsAlive, Kulak's, Largo at the Coronet, Paul Provenza's SATIRISTAS!, Songwriters' Square, Witz End, Tasty Words, Muse Salon, Women Who Write, The Talking Stick, The Saturday Evening Social Club and Rockwell Table & Stage.

Amy is a graduate of Syracuse University and Berklee College of Music, and an honorary member of the Vienna Boys Choir. She co-runs the Los Angeles Berklee Songwriters Workshop.