"It's a concert! It's a birthday party!! It's gonna be a blast!!!" says Amanda. With her bright, sparkly, dulcet, sometimes belty tone, her unique, quirky girl-next-door-with-a-twist demeanor, and her background/training in musical theatre (NYUSteinhardt, national tours of Henry and Mudge & If This Hat Could Talk, directed by George Faison), Amanda will be performing mostly originals on guitar. Her music, which spans from theatrical to alternative--with stops in pop and rock in between--has been described as ebullient, brutally honest, poignant and catchy as hell. There will be a sprinkling of familiar tunes as wells.
The evening will feature her friend and musical collaborator Walter Thompson (Wicked) on piano, as well as special guests Jeremy Morse (Bloodsong of Love) and Lauren Marcus, who will provide additional vocals.
For more about Amanda, visit www.amandataraska.com.
Producer Elvin Roytman is delighted to be working on this show presenting his best friend's talents to an audience again. A graduate of NYU's Steinhardt School, Elvin has balanced a life of performing, on stage and screen, with producing. He has produced across the gamut, from the entire Festival circuit to Off-Broadway ( recently Miss Kim at the 45th St Theatre) and Broadway productions. He recently delved into new media and most recently presented the premiere of Daisy Eagan: F*ck Off. I Love You. at Joe's Pub. Thanks to Mom, Dad, Friends & his shining star, DoorBird.
Amanda Taraska: BORN, a Birthday Concert will play tonight, February 10 at 7:00pm - at The Laurie Beechman Theatre (below The West Bank Café) at 407 West 42nd Street. There is a $10 cover and a $15 food/drink minimum. www.westbankcafe.com
Photo Credit: Elvin Roytman