News Archive 2014-2015

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I released a studio recording of "How Did This Thing..." featuring Harry Shearer as Joseph in December 2015, backed by a full, rocking band led by Bob Malone. 
You can buy it HERE.
ALL PROFITS ARE DONATED TO LADY PARTS JUSTICE
Dedicated to exposing efforts to undermine reproductive rights
...and headed by the amazing LIZZ WINSTEAD (below)
Creator of The Daily Show

A LIVE recording of this tune was also released this year, from the 2014 CHRISTMAS WITHOUT TEARS show at the Cutting Room in New York. I was thrilled to be included next to comedy luminaries Jane Lynch, Catherine O'Hara and Fred Willard. Proceeds were donated to the Elton John AIDS Foundation.


THE STAR-STUDDED BAM CREW!

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  With Paul Shaffer & Harry Shearer - With Dona Oxford, Lee Sklar & Bela Fleck
CONDUCTING THE BAM CHOIR
How DID This Thing Get in Me?

Concert Reading of BASTARD JONES at Berklee College of Music, November 2015

NEW YORK'S MUSICAL THEATER GAME SHOW
Artistic Producer: Amy Engelhardt - Managing Producer - Heather Shields
NOVEMBER 9, 2015 - OCTOBER 5, 2015 - AUGUST 31, 2015
JUNE 8, 2015 - MAY 5, 2015 - APRIL 6, 2015
MARCH 9, 2015 - FEBRUARY 2, 2015

House Concert Chez Hatch, Ashland, MA, October 2016



How DID This Thing....???


Featuring CLEOPATRA: DEATH OF A QUEEN
A suite for Voices, Piano and Cello 
Text by William Shakespeare, Music/Arrangements by Amy Engelhardt
With Amy Fogerson, Danielle Marcelle Bond, Ariel Pisturino and Harriet Fraser
Accompanied by Richard Berent


Keynote Speaker at the HARMONY COLLEGE NEW ENGLAND Conference
Worcester, MA  August 2015
With Michael Elliot Klein and Ed Fritzen, President

AKQUA CHAUTAUQUA - JUNE/JULY 2015 - ALASKA'S INSIDE PASSAGE
A VOLUNTEER VAUDEVILLE
READ MY TOUR BLOG HERE!

As Singing Suffragette Clara Tweaker
(Paul Magid/Amy Engelhardt)



MEET ME IN THE BASEMENT
A Concert Window Webcast
May 2015




Performing selections from BASTARD JONES with Rene Ruiz (R)


Performing selections from BASTARD JONES with Rena Strober and Will Collyer




Philadelphia, PA February 2015 Master Class: Singing Compelling Solos

Coaching Over the Bar




Miscellaneous Glams 2015 with the Kingston Band

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Another great sleighride with Harry & Judith!

               With Mario Cantone in NYC/@The Cutting Room, NYC

      With Mistress Christmas, Judith Owen in NYC/"Me & Mrs. Claus" - my LA bride, Ann Sheridan

The Chicago Ladies - Judith, me, Erin McDougald, Cathy Richardson and Dona Oxford

Largo (LA) cast: (front) Jane Lynch, Mike Schoolcraft, Judith, Harry (middle) The Songbirds, Dona Oxford, me, Julia Fordham (back), Jeff Ross, Jeff Allen, Godfrey Daniels, Mike Butler Murray, Lee Sklar, CJ Vanston, Joe Pusateri, Steve Lukather, errant Vaudevillian

 
With Will Lee and CJ Vanston in NYC/Jim Peterik in Chicago

Ended up backing up Susannah Hoffs and Petra Haden at a benefit at Largo in LA... Tenacious D was the headliner.
(front) Jack Black, Josh Bedlion, Susanna Hoffs, Petra Haden, Cindy O'Connor (middle) Eric Bradley, Kyle Gass, Robert Dietz, Baraka May Williams, Dawn Lunsford, an excellent VP dude I do not know, Me (rear) Kelly Gabel, Rene Ruiz


NEW YORK'S MUSICAL THEATER GAME SHOW
Where ANYTHING GOES - and usually does!
Artistic Prioducer - Amy Engelhardt     Managing Producter - Heather Shields
619 Lexington Ave. (@E 54), NYC

TUESDAY 12/2 @ 7:30PM
TUESDAY 12/16 @ 7:30PM
TUESDAY 11/11 @ 7:30PM
TUESDAY 10/14 @ 7:30PM
TUESDAY 10/28 @ 7:30PM




ETCETERA, ETCETERA
352 W 44th Street, NYC
Sunday November 2, 7-10:30 PM
I'm emceeing/co-hosting this wonderful cabaret night. The theme: LOVE TAKES MANY FORMS

Master Class with Brown University/RISD a cappella supa-group
HARMONIC MOTION

A super day in Skokie, IL, talking to four classes about the music business..,
and doing some singing! At NILES WEST HIGH SCHOOL.

So proud to know this guy - Trist Curless, m-pact's bass for years. Helluva guy.
Trist is the new bass in Manhattan Transfer. Saw them at the Blue Note in NYC. Wow.

Actors' Comedy Studio
7461 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles
Friday, November 21, 2014 at 8PM


book by Marc Acito
music by Amy Engelhardt
lyrics by Engelhardt & Acito 
Top 10 finalist for the Richard Rodgers Award for New Musicals and the Eugene O'Neill Music Theater Conference, and developed with a NAMT Writers' Residency Grant at  Millikin University's New Musicals Workshop, BASTARD JONES had a private reading/lab in New York City in October 2014. Directed by Danny GoldsteinGODSPELL), the cast included several Broadway vets.
Read about it in PLAYBILL here!


The cast and team with invited guest George Takei



Marc shares the development of the show with the cast 

on our first day of rehearsal



SMASH Studios in NYC. (f) Sarabeth Odle, director Danny Goldstein, Ellen Harvey, Ben Crawford
(m) Coral Miro Cohen, Stage Manager Carol, Bill Buell, Emily McNamara, Me, Marc Acito, Synthia Link, Jacob Thompson, producer Matthew Kwatinez (r) John Charles McLaughlin, Doug Sills, Fred Inkley, the band hiding in the band including Ritt Henn, Rich Zukor and MD Kurt Crowley

The BASTARD is born!


Two former a cappella supa-stahs join forces 
(and pick up instruments) for one night only!
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 11
Lethe Lounge, NYC
618 W 116th. Street #3R/3F
(It's a house concert, yo!)

Me (far L), Director Corey Axler (next to me), and the stellar students
of Council Rock High School South's amazing choirs in Holland, PA. 
I did a great master class with them on October 10! 


--------SUMMER 2014--------
This summer, I ran away with the circus! Well, OK, not exactly... but pretty close. I joined the Flying Karamazov Brothers, the Fighting Instruments of Karma Marching Band and a joyful army of jugglers, aerialists, physical comedians, singers and a magician on the 

There were parades, community shows, workshops, potlucks and a big vaudeville show in each town. My main performance was a song I wrote - as singing suffragette Clara Tweaker, stomping for the 19th Amendment (the show paid homage to the first Chautauquas in the 1920's).

It was pretty incredible. Read my blog about the tour HERE! Still dreaming of Montana sunsets...



















Turnpike Productions Presents

NEW YORK CITY'S ULTIMATE MUSICAL THEATER CHALLENGE 
JUNE 25 - JULY 1 - APRIL 14 - ARIL 7, 2014
ARTISTIC PRODUCER - AMY ENGELHARDT
MANAGING PRODUCER - HEATHER SHIELDS
THE TRIAD/STAGE 72


MD Nate Buccieri and Host Emily McNamara cheer on Tune in Time's first contestants!


With Michael Giacchino at the Sony Soundstage, LA
Recording the soundtrack for "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" 2014

 
with the legendary Peter Asher
and the Kingston Band 2014


Featured Musician

FANATIC SALON, Culver City March 2014

The "Ask Us Anything" All-Star Vocal Panel
Me, Scott Leonard & Jeff Thacher (Rockapella)

 
Emceeing CARA Awards @BOSS honoring Rockapella - At Lincoln Center w/New York Voices


Washington, DC - SINGSTRONG Festival March 2014
w/Jonathan Minkoff
Master Classes/Workshops/Panels

 January 2014 - Los Angeles A Cappella Festival
Master Classes - Adjudication

 
January 2014 - WOMEN WHO WRITE - Featured musician
w/Logan Heftel, Richard Chamberlain, Vicki Abelson, Paula Prentiss 
and the late, great Taylor Negron