"Amato commands the audience from the first moment she appears on stage." - Veronica Bruscini, BroadwayWorld.com
"Erika Amato is beautiful and silvery-voiced." - Laurence Vittes, Hollywood Reporter
"Superb singing partner Erika Amato...out-wicked's Wicked!" - Bob Verini, Variety
"Erika Amato is captivating on stage..." - Holly Reina, St. George News
"Erika Amato sets the mood for the entire production with a remarkable portrayal..." - Tom Sims, Exit Zero Magazine
Erika Amato wears her emotions openly and sings with a voice that tears at your heart." - Scott Mitchell, MusicOMH
"Erika Amato is exceptional." -Iris Greenberger, Show Business Weekly
"Erika Amato's singing instrument is astonishingly, gloriously full-bodied and her characterizations are crisp and witty." - Dany Margolies, Backstage West
"Ms. Amato shows off a glorious voice." - Duncan Pflaster, BroadwayWorld.com
"Lovely Erika Amato dazzles...she is a musical knockout, stopping the show." - John Kenrick, Musicals101.com
"Amato's combination of textured vocal work and layered acting make this production." - Eric Marchese, Orange County Register
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Erika was absolutely thrilled to be a part of the First National Tour of Flashdance - The Musical, directed by Tony-award winner Sergio Trujillo! She had the great pleasure of playing "Miss Wilde," as well as understudying the role of "Hannah" on the road for 9 months.
Erika played the mom in the video for the song "Hats In The Air" by Stargroves, which has over 90,000 views on YouTube. The video is an homage to the classic cult film, "Harold and Maude" and was directed by Drue Pennella. Click here to watch!
Erika Amato received rave reviews for her performance as "Ninetta Eames" in the new play. Jack London: Sex, Love, and Revolution. The show was part of the NY International Fringe Festival, performing 8/15/13 - 8/25/13.
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Erika had a blast shooting a short fashion editorial film for the avant garde magazine 25. She played the maid to supermodel Edita Vilkeviciute's (sartorially kinky) lady of the manor. The film (NSFW) is streaming online here.
Erika happily returned to the Fireside Theatre in Wisconsin, where she had a blast taking on the role of "Dolly Tate" in the Irving Berlin classic, Annie Get Your Gun. The show ran April 18 - June 9, 2013. Click here for info.
Hairspray - In 2012, Erika recevied rave reviews for her 7 month engagement as the hilarious and conniving "Velma Von Tussle" in the musical Hairspray at Tuacahn Center for the Arts in beautiful Southwest Utah. Be sure to check out the Gallery for photos!
Signs Of Life - the musical in which Erika made her Off-Broadway debut in 2010 - is currently being workshopped for a possible Broadway run. Erika is thrilled to have been asked to reprise her role as "Berta" in the recent backers' reading in NYC.
Erika added another Off-Broadway credit to her resume: she played "Cleopatra" in the new muscial, The Sphinx Winx, at the Beckett Theatre on Theatre Row, May 3 - June 19, 2011
Erika joined Broadway and TV star Tituss Burgess to perform a benefit concert for Astoria Performing Arts Center on 3/24/11. She sang "Serenity" from Triumph Of Love - which was the very first show she did after moving to NY in 2008...at APAC!
Erika plays "Marie" in the poignant short film Friends and Strangers. Set in Queens, the movie was written and directed bywell-known documentary filmmaker Edward Caban and won several awards on the festival circuit.
In the fall of 2010, Erika got to play a role she'd wanted to tackle for some time: the long-suffering "Edna" in Clifford Odets' masterpicece, Waiting For Lefty. The 75th Anniversary production ran at the
Producers Club in Manhattan from 11/12/10 - 11/18/10.
Erika played the glamorous Fairy Godmother in Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella to sold out houses and rave reviews. The show ran 5/6/10 - 6/27/10 at the Fireside Theatre. Click here for more info.
Erika's first solo jazz CD, Come Rain Or Come
Shine, is available exclusively through this
site. Click here for more info, song clips, and easy ordering through PayPal.
Erika was excited to play "Elsa Schrader" (the Baroness) in The Sound of Music at the Fireside Theatre in Wisconsin (8/27 - 11/1/10). This was especially fun for her, as her first Equity role was as "Maria" in SOM back in 2002!
Erika's NY debut was a huge success!
She played "Hesione" in the musical Triumph Of Love to rave reviews at the Astoria Performing
Arts Center from April 25 through May 11, 2008. Click here for more info.
Erika Amato was nominated for the prestigious
L.A. Ovation Award (Featured Actress in a Musical) for her role in Sleeping Beauty Wakes. Although she didn't
go home with the statuette, she is still thrilled to have been nominated! Click here for more info and a complete list of nominees.
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With the pandemic having shuttered theaters across the country, Erika is extremely grateful to have been able to "pivot" and book a few small roles in TV and film projects. Due to NDAs, we'll have to wait to announce the specifics, but it's all very exciting.
It is with the heaviest of hearts that I must report that Jeff Stacy (AKA Jeffrey Calamusa), my husband, bandmate (Velvet Chain), best friend, and partner in all things passed away unexpectedly on August 15, 2020. I hope to build a website in his honor in addition to finishing and releasing some of the Velvet Chain music we were wokring on.
Hold your loved ones tight.
Erika was honored to be "Madame Baurel" in An American in Paris at Westchester Broadway Theatre - in what turned out to be their last big musical before being forced to close permanently due to the pandemic.
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Erika had the time of her life playing "Robin Mayfield" in the short film "1/30" for the AT&T Hello Lab. Click here to learn more about this exciting project.
GONE VIRAL! Erika experienced a viral moment. (!!!) This parody movie poster she created in response to Trump's reference to Revultionary-War-Era airports spread like wildfire all over the net, and it was weird. Fun! But weird. Anybody want to hire Erika as a comedy writer?
Erika was honored to have been asked to play "Gerte" in a terrific staged reading Lynn Nottage's Crumbs from the Table of Joy at the Billie Holliday Theatre in Brooklyn. The reading was part of Project1Voice's nationwide celebration of Juneteenth: One Play, One Day.
Erika was absolutely thrilled to returni to the beautiful Tuacahn Amphitheatre in St. George, UT for their 2018 season! She played "Madame" (AKA the Stepmother) in CINDERELLA as well as being in the ensembles of both MATILDA and PRINCE OF EGYPT (all three shows ran in rep). Click here for more info!
I'm very excited to have been asked to play "Nancy" in the staged reading of THE HOLY COWS OF CREDENCE, SOUTH DAKOTA as part of the Overtures series at the Gallery Players in Brooklyn! 2 performances only: March 19th & 20th at 7pm. Click here for more details!
It's here! Hot off the press! AND I'M IN IT! The uber-talented author Christopher Golden interviewed me for this wonderful 20th anniversary commemorative Buffy The Vampire Slayer collector's edition Watcher's Guide, and my entire interview made it in! All 3.5 pages of it! (We even talk about musical theatre.) Many thanks to Simon & Schuster for sending me my advance copy so quickly. You can order your very own copy on Amazon!
Erika was thrilled to appear in her third "straight play" (as opposed to a musical) in a row- this time playing the blue-collar Brooklyn Italian mom ("Lina") in THIS BOY COMETH TO THE MOUNTAIN at the Rough Draft Festival in NYC!
Erika was honored to have been nominated for the "Best Actress" award for her role in NELL DASH, which was part of the NY Winterfest Theatre Festival in March 2017.
Erika is super excited to be doing yet another "Straight play" (as opposed to a musical) - this time playing the exceedingly vile (and funny) "Lady Fanny Dashwood" in Doug DeVita's hilarious Brit-lit mashup comedy, THE GRUESOMELY MERRY ADVENTURES OF NELL DASH - AN IRREPRESSIBLY SENSIBLE CAPITALIST WITH A VENGEANCE.
Erika was thrilled to be nominated for the second year in a row for a Broadway World Award - this time for Best Actress in a Play for her portrayal of "Marion Froude" in BIOGRAPHY at East Lynne Theater Co.
Erika was over-the-moon excited to be play the lead role in S.N. Behrman's delightful 1930's comedy, Biography at the East lynne Theater Co. in Cape May last fall! The play ran Sept 21st through Oct. 15th and received rave reviews. Click here for more info!
Erika was honored to be part of the "top notch cast" of The Secret Garden at the renowned Arden Theatre Company in Philadelphia! Erika played "Mrs. Winthrop" in addition to singing as "Alice" in the ensemble. The show ran May 12th through June 26th (EXTENDED by one week). Click here for more info!
Erika was honored to be nominated for the Broadway World Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her turn as "The Witch" in Into The Woods and to be named one of the Best Performances of 2015 by the BWW critics! (Click here for article.)
Erika had a blast playing Domina in the classic Stephen Sondheim farce, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. The show was presented at the Wick Theatre in Boca Raton, FL from 10/1/15 - 11/1/15. Click here for info!
Erika had a marvelous time playing Lela Rogers (Ginger Rogers' mother) in the charming musical, Backwards in High Heels at the Westchester Broadway Theatre in Elmsford, NY, which ran 8/13/15 - 9/20/15. Click here for more info!
Erika was humbled to receive rave reviews for her portrayal of the Witch in Stephen Sondheim's masterpiece Into The Woods at Ocean State Theatre Company in Warwick, RI. (4/29/15 - 5/23/15) Click here to read some of them.