THEATRE


Off Broadway Alliance Awards
Nominee: Best New Musical 
 
Watch the Promo Video for BASTARD JONES
(Originally a PLAYBILL exclusive)
 

Drama Desk Award
Nominee: Best Leading Actor in a Musical
Chita Rivera Award
Nominee: Best Male Dancer, Off Broadway
EVAN RUGGIERO
 Clive Barnes Award
 Nominee: ELENA WANG - Bastard Jones
WINNER - EVAN RUGGIERO - Bastard Jones
Read about it in PLAYBILL



NEW YORK TIMES
"...catchy songs, reminiscent of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s poprock catalog... 
Bastard Jones' nonjudgmental approach to sex and disability, and its brash 
desire to entertain, are winning." 


TIME OUT NY  - ✪✪✪✪
"Ladies can’t keep their hands off the illegitimate but well-favored hero of Marc Acito and Amy Engelhardt’s ribald new musical comedy. Bastard Jones is randy yet ingenuous; it’s like a very bawdy Disney movie, with hummable pop music to match. If this smartly plotted and irrepressible musical moves beyond the Cell, the show has legitimate potential."


FORBES
"A sold out sensation, Acito and Engelhardt manage to imbue this shagadelic 
rock musical comedy with sweetness and soul."

STAGEBUDDY
"If I could fill this review with synonyms for “brilliant” it still wouldn’t be enough, or do justice to just how good Bastard Jones is... Through all the rollicking and romping in the style of a British farce there is brilliant comedic timi
ng, catchy, powerful songs and outstanding physical comedy."

BROADWAYWORLD
"The lovably silly and immensely tuneful version offered by Amy Engelhardt (music/lyrics) and Marc Acito (book/lyrics/direction) is a decidedly American, pop rock charmer."


REVIEWSHUB
“Engelhardt’s music is tastefully varied, making bold choices even in comedic numbers. 
The lyrics seem to inject adrenaline into the satire of yesteryear, adding a little modern obscenity to keep things fresh...This adaptation highlights the joy of sexuality, and leads 
by example with a talented, diverse cast.” 


THEATERSCENE.NET
"A ribald, raucous and bawdy pop rock musical by Marc Acito and Amy Engelhardt (of the Grammy Award winning a Capella group The Bobs)…The bouncy rock score by Engelhardt to witty lyrics by Acito and Engelhardt has discernable influences in Gilbert & Sullivan, Cole Porter and 60’s British pop songs. The clever songs have pertinent and revealing titles...Sophisticated and off-color, naughty but nice, it proves to be a sharp and irreverent entertainment."



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TRIPTYCH is a trio of 10-minute musicals set on the M42 Crosstown Bus 
 in the years 1985, 2000 and 2017.
Follow three friends across Manhattan as their relationships 
to each other and the City change and grow. 

TRIPTYCH was commissioned by the New York Transit Museum as part of their PLATFORM Series and premiered in October 2017. It was performed on the deconstructed bus exhibit in the museum. Production photos are by Kevin Albinder.










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 "An exciting new musical in the tradition of “Hair” and “Rent." Wonderful in the true sense of the word, full of wonder, for wonder is an underlying theme. This sense of wonder and of hope is also conveyed with the emotionally expansiveness of Sipos’ music... This is an uplifting musical."
- South Sound Arts


 
In Ithaca, NY with composer Peter Sipos and astronomer/author Ann Druyan Sagan:
"I really believe your ‘Contact’ has a place on Broadway and all around the planet.”
Summer 2009

 
Caitlin Frances with Jill Tarter, on whom the character of Ellie Arroway was based, and as Ellie in the CenterStage production of CONTACT


 
BLESS THIS JOURNEY TO THE STARS  -   STAR STUFF


 
FAITH OR PROOF  -  THEY CAN'T TOUCH ME

 TO THE HEART OF THE GALAXY

I could cite equations overblown/And rage against the odds that we're alone
And never feel and see what's right in front of me... CONTACT
Breathe in, receive....CONTACT
Breathe out, believe.... CONTACT
 
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 "It's a load of fun to watch these folks bring this story to lusty life!" - Theatre Puget Sound
"A thoroughly entertaining musical... transforms the classic into something new and fresh."
-  Federal Way News