TUACAHN 2018 SEASON! - Erika is thrilled to be returning to the beautiful Tuacahn Amphitheatre in Southwest Utah, where she will be playing "Madame" (AKA the Stepmother) in Cinderella (the 2015 Broadway Revival version), as well as performing in the ensemble of both Matilda and the pre-Broadway production of Stephen Schwartz's Prince of Egypt (which will each run in repertory with Cinderella). Click here for tickets and info.
THE HOLY COWS OF CREDENCE, SOUTH DAKOTA - Erika will be playing "Nancy" in the staged reading/workshop of this hilarious new musical - written by Paul and David Rigano and Mark-Eugene Garcia - at the Gallery Players as part of their Overtures series. 2 shows only: March 19th & 20th at 7pm. Click here for more info!
ACROSS A CROWDED ROOM - Erika's very pleased to be performing in this year's edition of the Across A Crowded Room musical theatre writing workshop. After participating in a summer of masterclasses presented by the Library, teams of emerging theater makers will present live performances of their newly written, twenty-minute musicals, followed by feedback from established theatre professionals. The performance/presentation will be held at Lincoln Center on October 23, 2017 at 6pm. Click here for more details and tickets!
BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER - 20 YEARS OF SLAYING - Erika is super excited to be in a book! The talented (and prolific) author Christopher Golden interviewed Erika about her experiences with the cult classic TV show for this commemorative Buffy The Vampire Slayer collector's edition Watcher's Guide. You can read her entire interview (which even gets into some musical theatre) alongside some great new conversations with Anthony Stewart Head, James Marsters, Amber Benson, Danny Strong and more! (Currently available for pre-order on Amazon.)
THIS BOY COMETH TO THE MOUNTAIN - Erika was thrilled to appear in her third "straight play" in a row (as opposed to a musical): this time, playing a blue-collar Italian-American mom from Brooklyn - "Lina" in This Boy Cometh to the Mountain at the Rough Draft Festival in NYC. (Written by Joey Merlo, directed by Taylor Haven Holt.)
NY WINTERFEST AWARD NOMINEE - Ms. Amato was thrilled to be nominated for yet another Best Actress award - this time for her role in NELL DASH at the NY Winterfest Theatre Festival. Erika was also asked to be the Emcee for the awards ceremony, which were held on March 14th, 2017.
THE GRUESOMELY MERRY ADVENTURES OF NELL DASH - Erika was very happy to be involved in yet another "straight play" (as opposed to a musical) - this time playing the vile "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 - or just NELL DASH for short. The show enjoyed a very successful limited engagement in NYC as part of the NY Winterfest Theatre Festival in late February/early March and is looking forward to a longer run sometime in the near future.
BBW AWARD NOMINEE - Erika was thrilled to have been nominated for a BWW Award for the second year in a row! She was a 2016 "Best Actress in a Play" nominee for her work in Biography at East Lynne Theater Co in Cape May, NJ this past fall.
BARRYMORE AWARD WINNER - The Arden Theatre Company's beautiful production of The Secret Garden took home the 2016 Barrymore Award for Outstanding Overall Production of a Musical! (Click here for the article in Playbill.) Huge congrats to the entire cast, crew, and creative team.
BIOGRAPHY - Erika was super excited to play the lead role (Marion Froude) in S.N. Behrman's wonderful 1930's comedy at the East Lynne Theater Co. and was rewarded with some rave reviews for her portrayal. The play ran 9/21 - 10/15 in beautiful Cape May, NJ. Click here for info!
THE SECRET GARDEN - Erika was thrilled to play "Mrs. Winthrop" (and sing the "Alice" track in the Ensemble) in Arden Theatre Company's critically-acclaimed production of The Secret Garden. The award-winning Arden is located in the historic Old City section of Philadelphia, and is a truly wonderful place to work. The show ran 5/12 - 6/26 (extended by one week). Click here for info!
DISTANT THUNDER - Erika had such a great time playing "Grandma Jingle Dress," "Thelma the Clueless Tourist," and others in the latest workshop/reading of the musical Distant Thunder, produced by Amas Musical Theatre and directed by Lynne Taylor-Corbett. The reading was presented in NYC on April 4th and 5th.
DOWN TO EARTH GIRL- Erika had a blast being silly as the sex-crazed spinster "Edna" in a 10 minute scene/song presentation of the new musical Down To Earth Girl in a developmental workshop sponsored by Theatrical Resources Unlimited on 2/28/16 in NYC.
THE TEN MINUTE HAMLET - Erika was honored to play "Charla Woods" - a transgender woman - in this new comedic play, written by Sharon Talbot and directed by Christopher Scott. The workshop/reading was produced by Amas Musical Theatre (even though it isn't a musical), and was presented on December 14th and 15th, 2015 in NYC.
A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM - Erika had a great time tackling the role of "Domina" in this classic Stephen Sondheim musical (her second in one year!) - which ran at the Wick Theatre in Boca Raton, FL October 1st - November 1st.
BACKWARDS IN HIGH HEELS - Erika enjoyed an extremely successful run playing "Lela Rogers" (Ginger's mother) in this charming biographical musical, which ran August 13th through September 20th at the Westchester Broadway Theatre in Elmsford, NY.
Performances at the Metropolitan Room - Erika Amato has appeared at the Metropolitan Room in four different cabaret shows so far. They included "Happy Days Are Here Again," "Summer Concert: 50s, 60s, and 70s" and two editions of "Broadway On 22nd Street" - including the special 4th Anniversary Show on June 22nd, 2015. Click here for more info on this great venue!
INTO THE WOODS - Erika was thrilled to play the Witch in Stephen Sondheim's masterpeice Into the Woods at Ocean State Theatre in Warwick, RI this spring, a performance for which she received wonderful reviews and a BWW Award nomination for Best Actress in a Musical! (Pull quotes available in the "Reviews" section of this website.) The production ran April 29 - May 23, 2015.
Click here for info about the theatre.
Definitely Dickens Holiday Carolers - Erika happily returned for her 12th season with this wonderful a capella singing group, performing holiday classics throughout the NY/NJ area. Click here for info.
Tim Realbuto: Bookseller in the Rain - Erika was very excited to be among the amazing Broadway performers chosen to perform in this tribute concert honoring multiple Tony Award-winning (as well as Grammy and Oscar-nominated) composer Maury Yeston.
New York Tendaberry: The Iconic Songs and Life of Laura Nyro - Erika was honored to be one of a great group of singers performing in an evening celebrating legendary singer/songwriter Laura Nyro at the Old Stone House in Park Slope, Brooklyn on 1/15/15 at 8pm. Erika got to bookend the evening by singing "Wedding Bell Blues" both as the show opener and as a rousing sing-along encore. Click here for info!
Cabaret Cares 9 - Erika Amato was among the starry cast coming together to raise money for "Help Is On The Way Today," a not-for-profit organization assisting children and teens living with HIV/AIDS in both New York City and Africa. Drama Desk and Spirit Award winner Doreen Montalvo (In The Heights) hosted.
Click here for info.
MABC Christmas Spectacluar - Erika returned for the third time to perform in this wonderful holiday concert, thrilling the audience with her rendition of "The Christmas Song," as well as making her guitar-playing debut, accompanying herself and Renee Claire Bergeron as they sang an arrangement of "Silent Night" that Erika wrote especially for the show. (Dec. 10th, 2014)
Mama, I Want To Sing Show Tunes: A One 'Mo Show - Erika was super happy to join her good friend, comedian Adam Sank, in his debut cabaret at the Duplex in NYC! It was a hoot! Click here for info.
FLASHDANCE, THE MUSICAL
Ms. Amato joined the First National Tour of Flashdance (directed and choreographed by Sergio Trujillo) as "Miss Wilde" in early October, 2013. She was on tour throughout North America until the show's closing on June 8th, 2014. Click here for info.
STARGROVES MUSIC VIDEO
Erika plays the mom in a very stylish new video for the NYC-based band, Stargroves, based on the classic cult film, Harold and Maude. Click here to watch!
JACK LONDON: SEX, LOVE, AND REVOLUTION
Erika got rave reviews as "Ninetta Eames" in this new play as part of the NY International Fringe Festival,which ran 8/15/13 - 8/25/13. Click here for more info.
EDITORIAL FASHION SHOOT
Erika had a blast shooting a short fashion film for the avant garde magazine 25. She played the maid to supermodel Edita Vilkeviciute's (sartorially kinky) lady of the manor. The film is available to view here.
Erika Amato was among the myriad stars from Broadway (and Off-Broadway, and National Tours) who sang in the 3rd annual concert to benefit Broadway Sings For Pride. The concert featured Kimberly Locke ("American Idol"), Scott Nevins ("TruTV"), Anwar Robinson ("American Idol," "Rent"), and many more. For a full list of performers, click here. (June 24, 2013)
MABC GUEST ARTIST
Erika performed two solos as the invited Guest Artist at the beautiful and historic Madison Avenue Baptist Church in Manhattan at their services on Sunday, June 16th, 2013.
ANNIE GET YOUR GUN
Ms. Amato just returned from the Fireside Theatre, where she played "Dolly Tate" in Irving Berlin's classic musical. The show ran April 18 through June 9, 2013. http://firesidetheatre.com/
TOO HOT FOR HOLLYWOOD
Erika was thrilled to be asked to play "Mabel Harris" in a staged reading of this new musical, performed as part of the York Theatre's Developmental Reading Series. The piece was written by Larry Bortniker and Dan Meltz, was directed by Bill Castellino, and MD'd by Jason DeBord.
(Feb. 25, 2013)
MABC CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR
Erika once again brought down the house at this concert to benefit New York's beautiful Madison Avenue Baptist Church - this time with her rendition of the Carpenters' classic, "Merry Christmas, Darling." (Dec. 12th, 2012).
SING FOR YOUR SENIORS
Erika has been involved with this fantastic charity organization for several years and sings with them as often as possible. Please check out their website for info on how to volunteer! http://www.singforyourseniors.org/
MILBURN AND VIGODA
Erika was asked to sing a song from Sleeping Beauty Wakes (the show for which she received an Ovation Award Nomination) at the Milburn and Vigoda concert at the NoHo Arts Center in Los Angeles, alongside other guest artists, including Andrea Marcovicci and Jimmy Ray Bennett. The show, held on Aug 27th, 2012, was a huge success! Click here for more info.
Erika had an amazing time playing the conniving and hilarious "Velma von Tussle" in the musical Hairspray at Tuacahn Center for the Arts in southwest Utah. The show ran from June 2nd - October 20th, 2012 and received amazing reviews.
ASCAP/DREAMWORKS MUSICAL THEATRE WORKSHOP
Ms. Amato played several characters in Dora: Fragment of an Analysis of a Case of Hysteria - one of only 4 new musicals selected for this prestigious event, hosted by world-famous musical theatre composer, Stephen Schwartz. The piece, by Larry Bortniker, is based on the early work of Sigmund Freud and was presented on March 29th at Ripley-Grier Studios in NYC. Click here for more info.
BROADWAY SINGS FOR PRIDE
Erika is honored to be a part of this organization, comprised of Broadway and Off-Broadway performers, who perform around the NY metropolitan area in support of LGBT causes, as well as other deserving charities.
A LIMANADE LIFE
Ms. Amato played "Helene" in the 20-minute version of this musical, presented at the Network One Act Festival at The Barrow Group on March 13th and 14th. Click here for tickets. UPDATE: The piece was also selected to be in the semifinal round, which was presented March 17th, 2012.
SIGNS OF LIFE
Erika was thrilled to reprise her role as "Berta" in this exceptional piece in a recent backers' reading in NYC. There is also a planned theatrical run to be produced in the Midwest sometime in the fall.
STONEWALL INN CONCERT/CABARET
Erika was pleased to be the special guest star in an eclectic evening of performances at the historic Stonewall on Sunday, January 15th, 2012. Other acts included actor/singer John Raymond Barker, comedian Jason Barker, and the live debut of drag coquette Mary Fordeaux.
MABC CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR
Erika brought down the house with her rendition of "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" at this concert to benefit New York's beautiful Madison Avenue Baptist Church (Dec. 16th, 2011). MABC has invited Erika to sing with their wonderful choir as a guest soloist, as well.
DEFINITELY DICKENS HOLIDAY CAROLERS
Erika spent the holidays singing alto (and sometimes soprano or tenor) with this wonderful a cappella caroling group. Featuring intricate arrangements and tight harmonies,
the group performs throughout the NY metropolitan area. Check out www.definitelydickens.com for clips, pics, and booking info.
COLE PORTER'S PARIS
Ms. Amato played "Harriet" in this farcical little gem from 1928 to delighted audiences at the Medicine Show Theatre Ensemble in NYC. (9/16 - 10/3, 2011) Visit the theatre website for more information.
THE SPHINX WINX
Erika played "Cleopatra" in this new musical comedy, which played Off-Broadway at the Beckett Theatre on Theatre Row from 5/3 - 6/19, 2011. Check the official website for info and updates!
APAC 10th ANNIVERSARY GALA
Erika joined Broadway's Tituss Burgess (Jersey Boys, The Little Mermaid), in a wonderful concert of songs from the past 10 seasons at Astoria Performing Arts Center. The Gala was held at the beautiful restaurant/lounge, Cienna, on March 24th, 2011. http://www.apacny.org/shows-and-events/apac-benefit/
FRIENDS AND STRANGERS
Erika played "Marie" in this short film, directed by Edward Caban, which shot in NYC in February of 2011 and is still on the festival circuit, winning numerous awards.
WAITING FOR LEFTY
Erika was honored to have played "Edna" in the 75th Anniversary production of Clifford Odets' seminal 1935 masterpiece, which ran Nov. 12 - 18, 2010 at the Producers Club in NYC.
VILLAINS' VICTORY PARTY
Erika had a blast flying out to sunny CA to play "Cruella DeVil" in this Disneyland Special Event which performed one night only: Oct. 28, 2010
DANNY LEARY VARIETY EXTRAVAGANZA
Erika was thrilled to be a featured solo performer in this thoroughly entertaining ongoing variety show at Comix in NYC. The Sept. 30th, 2010 edition was a huge success, and Erika will definitely be performing with Danny again in the near future. Click here for more info.
MARY THE MAGDALENE
Erika played "Rivka" - blind midwife and good friend to Mary - in the recent backers' audition/reading of the new musical, Mary the Magdalene. The show went on to an Off-Broadway run in the summer of 2011.
Erika recently returned to the Fireside Theatre in Wisconsin to play the "Fairy Godmother" in Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella. The show ran
May 6 - June 27, 2010. Please visit www.firesidetheatre.com for more info.
THE ADVENTURES OF TRIXIE TICKLES
Erika played Announcer/Teacher/Snickers (the dog) in this sketch comedy musical by Shawn Northrip. The show was performed at the world-renowned Upright Citizens Brigade theater in NYC on 4/15/10. Click here for info.
STARVING ARTIST MONDAYS
Starving Artist Monday's Featuring Erika Amato - Come join us at Sweet Caroline's Rock & Roll Piano Bar, in the heart of the Theatre District, every Monday night for an evening of fun and entertainment. Your host, Steve Watts, will be playing and singing a mix of pop, rock, and singer-songwriter favorites, as well as inviting YOU to join him on stage! Got a new pop/rock song you've been eager to try out? Well, this is your chance... bring in your audition book and perform for your friends!
On Monday, April 12th, the special guest is Erika Amato. Come on out and hear her sing an array of classic pop/rock hits from Elton John to Madonna.
322 W. 45th St., New York, NY
SIGNS OF LIFE
Erika recently completed a hugely successful run in her first Off-Broadway role as "Berta" in the World-Premiere musical Signs Of Life. The musical tells the true story of Terezin - Hitler's "City For The Jews" - and ran February 16 - March 21, 2010 at the Marjorie S. Deane Little Theatre. Please visit www.amasmusical.org for more info.
TOY STORY - THE MUSICAL
Erika had so much fun reprising her role as "Bo Peep" in the Disney workshop of the new musical version of Toy Story.
The workshop was held in Anaheim, CA from Jan 3 - Jan 13, 2010.
THE SOUND OF MUSIC
Erika recently returned from the renowned Fireside Theatre
in Fort Atkinson, WI where she played Elsa Schraeder (AKA "The Baroness") in one of her favorite musicals, The Sound Of Music! The show enjoyed a hugely successful run from August 27th - November 1st, 2010. Check out www.firesidetheatre.com for info.
WE DON'T SING ON SUBWAYS...YET
Erika's been involved with this concert-fundraiser series at the Stonewall Inn since its
inception on May 5th, 2009. Produced by Jamie Price, the evening brings together talented NY-based musical theatre performers to belt out some tunes and raise money for various charities/causes. The last show was on December 1st, 2009 and was a fantastic success! Stay tuned!
QUANTUM LEAP CONVENTION
Erika was a huge hit at Leap Back - the 20th Anniversary Quantum Leap Convention in Los Angeles. Erika performed various selections from her jazz album and her work with Velvet Chain at the Friday Night Theme Party on March 27th, 2009, and also spoke with the fans as part
of a "celebrity panel" the following day. A good time was had by all.
Check http://www.leapback2009.com for more info.
Erika originated the role of "Karen" - the leading lady - in a staged reading of the new musical (In)Fidelity, which performed to enthusiastic houses at the WOW Cafe Theatre in Manhattan's East Village in February, 2009.
Erika returned to her position as a full-time
alto with prestigious Christmas caroling group, Definitely Dickens Holiday Carolers in November, 2008. This was Erika's 6th season with the company, but her first in New York...it was great spending the holidays in the Big Apple!
Please visit www.definitelydickens.com for more info or to book the group for an event.
HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS...
Erika makes her Midwestern theatrical debut!
She was thrilled to play "Miss Jones" in the classic musical, How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying at the Fireside Dinner Theatre
in Fort Atkinson, WI. The show ran from August 21 through October 19, 2008. Please visit www.firesidetheatre.com for more info.
TRIUMPH OF LOVE
Erika made her NY theatrical debut in the musical, Triumph Of Love, at the Astoria Performing Arts Center. She played the "stern philosopher" Hesione to rave reviews from
April 25th through May 11th, 2008. (For info on the theatre, please visit www.apacny.org).
A COUPLE OF DAYS AND NIGHTS ON NETFLIX
Erika's most recent independent feature film, A
Couple of Days and Nights, by Los Angeles-based
writer/director Vaughn Verdi, is now available on Netflix! Erika plays one of the four leads - a wannabe rock diva named Jula.
The film has been screened at several festivals around the country and has been released on DVD nationwide. You can order the DVD on amazon.com by clicking here.
Erika was nominated for the prestigious 2007 L.A. Ovation Award in the category of Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her role in Sleeping Beauty Wakes at the Kirk Douglas Theatre. The production was nominated for 10 awards, total.
The categories in which SBW was nominated were:
World Premiere Musical WINNER
Musical Large Theatre
Direction of a Musical (Jeff Calhoun)
Musical Direction (Brendan Millburn) WINNER
Lighting Design Large Theatre (Michael Gilliam)
Sound Design Large Theatre (Eric Snodgrass)
Lead Actress in a Musical (Valerie Vigoda)
Lead Actress in a Musical (Alexandria Wailes)
Supporting Actor in a Musical (Kevin Earley)
Supporting Actress in a Musical (Erika Amato)
Congratulations to everyone in the SBW family!
(For a full list of nominees and winners, go here:
Although her little solo was cut (*sigh*), Erika
is thrilled to have provided one of the singing voices in the hit Disney movie, Enchanted,
starring Susan Sarandon, Amy Adams and Patrick Dempsey.
The film was directed by Kevin Lima and features music
and lyrics by Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz.
Erika enjoyed a highly successful run of Irving Berlin's White Christmas,
at the Welk Resort Theatre in Escondido, CA. Erika played Betty Haynes - the Rosemary Clooney role in the film - from Nov 8th through Dec 30th, 2007.
Please visit www.welktheatre.com for more info.
CHANGED FOR GOOD
A TRIBUTE TO STEPHEN SCHWARTZ
88's Cabaret (with whom Erika has performed since its inception) produced Changed For Good -
a wonderful concert/tribute to the work of composer/lyricist Stephen Schwartz, of which Erika was proud to be a part, singing "Trun Back O Man" from Godspell, and vamping for the great man himself.
The event was a huge success, featuring stars of both stage and screen, including Deborah Gibson, Bruce Vilanch, Jai Rodriguez, William Katt, Megan Hilty, Eden Espinosa, and others.
Please visit www.myspace.com/eightyeightscabaret for more info.
DISNEY PRINCESS FANTASY FAIRE
For 2 years (2006 - 2008), Erika thoroughly enjoyed playing
"Lady Lillian" in the Disney Princess Fantasy Faire at the Disneyland Resort, teaching all the little
ones how to be proper lords and ladies along with her gallant knight, "Sir Elias." The show opened at the Fantasyland Theater on Oct 6th, 2006 and Erika
performed in the show until her move to NY in the summer of 2008.
The Thief, a world-premiere musical based on the
award-winning Russian film of the same name, was presented in workshop form from July 12 - 15, 2007 at the El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood. Erika played Rosa, the doctor's wife, who - quite frankly - was a bit of a tart.
The piece was directed by James Mellon and musically directed by Joseph Church.
LE BUREAU DU PETIT MORT
Erika shot a new short film called Le Bureau Du Petit Mort, playing the female lead, Chloe. (And yes, as those of you who speak French can tell,
the piece is a little bit racy.) The film was written and directed by Damon Runninghorse-Buckley and is being submitted to Sundance as well as numerous foreign film festivals.
In June 2007, Erika had a blast playing Bo Peep in the workshop of the new musical stage production of Toy Story
for Walt Disney Entertainment. The piece - which featues wonderful new songs by Brendan Millburn and Valerie Vigoda of GrooveLily/Sleeping Beauty Wakes fame - was directed by Stefan Novinski
and musically directed by David O.
SLEEPING BEAUTY WAKES
was thrilled to be a part of the new Deaf West/Center
Theatre Group production, Sleeping
Beauty Wakes, directed by Broadway director/choreographer
Jeff Calhoun (Brooklyn, Big River, Grease). Erika
provided the voices of the Clinic Director/Bad Fairy
(also performed by ASL actress, Deanne Bray) in addition to performing the roles of the Night Terror Patient/Royal Servant.
"Featuring the indie pop/rock
sensation GrooveLily on stage with both deaf and hearing
actors, Sleeping Beauty Wakes is a fun and free adaptation
of the Grimms fairy tale. After her 100-year
snooze, Beauty awakes in a new time and place where
everything is strange -- the palace is gone, all the
princes have given up, and now she has insomnia! Or
is she still asleep and dreaming?As they did with Big River,
Deaf West Theater delightfully twists another classic
into a unique musical where spoken English and American
Sign Language are interwoven with music, dance and
song to create an exceptional theatrical event.
co-production of Center Theatre Group and Deaf West
The show received glowing reviews (read excerpts here) and ran
March 31st through May 20th, 2007
INLAND THEATRE LEAGUE NOMINATION
was nominated for an Inland
Theatre League Award for her performance as Reno
Sweeney in Anything Goes at the Candlelight
Pavilion in Claremont, CA. The awards ceremony were held on April 11th, 2007 at the Landis Performing Arts
Center in Riverside, CA.
DICKENS HOLIDAY CAROLERS
In 2006, Erika was pleased to return as a full-time
alto for her 5th year with the well-known a cappella caroling
completed an extremely successful run of the rollicking Cole
Porter musical, Anything Goes! at the Candlelight
Pavilion in Claremont, CA, playing the "world's most
sensuous semonizer, her high-stepping holiness, Reno Sweeney!"
Featuring the classic gems, "You're The Top," "Friendship,"
"DeLovely," "I Get A Kick Out Of You,"
"Let's Misbehave," "Blow, Gabriel, Blow,"
and the title tune, the show was directed and musical directed
by Douglas Austin and choreographed
by John Vaughan.
The show ran Sept 29th through Nov. 12th, 2006
Erika was thrilled to be part
of the ensemble in the all-star staged reading of
Sunset Boulevard at the Hollywood
Bowl on August 6th, 2006, directed by Peter
The legendary cast included Betty Buckley,
Len Cariou, Douglas
Sills, James Cromwell, and Charles
Durning, among many others. The Billy Wilder film noir classic,
in an adaptation by David Rambo,
was performed complete with Franz Waxman's
Academy Award winning score. Maestro John
Mauceri conducted the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra.
Erika had the great good fortune
to record vocals for the Walt Disney Pictures feature film,
Enchanted. The film stars Susan
Sarandon, Patrick Dempsey,
Amy Adams, and Idina
Menzel, and features songs by Alan
Menken and Stephen Schwartz.
WHITE - AN ENCHANTING MUSICAL
came back to the Fantasyland Theater at Disneyland, Anaheim,
CA to play both the Evil Queen and
the Hag in the big-budget spectacular Snow
White -An Enchanting Musical. (Erika also played these roles from May
2004 through Sept 2005.) The show re-opened June 9th and ran through Sept. 4th, 2006
ACT: THE MUSICAL
had the pleasure of being a part of the first workshop of
the new Alan Menken - penned
musical adaptation of Sister Act.
The workshop was presented at the Pasadena Playhouse on April
27th and 28th, 2006.
2006: Erika had a blast playing her first uniformed
Paramedic #2 - in the dramatic
short, Mission: Romance.
The film was directed by Frank Turrisi,
and produced by Nineball/Devcar Productions.
Check back for info on future festival screenings.
Jan, 2006: Erika was thrilled
to be cast as the Snow Queen in the first workshop of the
new Disney musical, The Snow Queen.
The workshop boasted an incredible production team, including
Alan Menken (music), Glen
Slater (lyrics), John Weidman
(book), Amon Miyamoto (director),
Michael Kosarin (Musical Director),
and Brent-Alan Huffman (Asst.
COUPLE OF DAYS AND NIGHTS
This independent feature film - directed
by Vaughn Verdi and starring David Lago
Young and the Restless), Shonda
the Vampire Slayer), Allison
I Like About You), Joseph
and Erika Amato (Smack) -
was a Finalist at the Hollywood
Film Festival, where it had its
world-premiere screening on October 22, 2005,
and is now coming out on DVD (available nationwide) this October, 2007.
film also screened at the
Temecula Valley International Film Festival on
Sept. 14, & Sept, 16, 2006 Temecula
Film Festival Site
You can view the trailer here: Days
info available at http://www.acoupleofdaysandnights.com
Amato signs with Pinnacle Commercial Talent
In November, 2005, Erika secured
commercial representation from Pinnacle Commercial Talent,
a very well-respected LA-based agency.
Couple Of Days And Nights" chosen an Official Selection
of the Hollywood Film Festival
October 4, 2005, Los Angeles
- The highly-anticipated world premiere screening of the romantic
drama A Couple Of Days And Nights took place
during this year's Hollywood Film Festival. The newest independent
feature film from up-and-coming filmmaker Vaughn Verdi (Smack), A Couple Of Days And Nights screened on October
22 at 4:00pm at the Arclight Cinemas, located at 6360 Sunset
Blvd in Hollywood. Erika had the pleasure of walking the red
carpet at the Hollywood Awards Gala with co-star David Lago
(Emmy-award winner, The Young And The Restless). Click
here for photos of the event.
42nd Street (Welk Resort Theatre)
June 9th through August 28th, 2005 - Erika received rave reviews for her portrayal of stage
diva Dorothy Brock in the classic
backstage musical, 42nd Street,
at the Welk Resort Theatre in Escondido. CA. This multi-Tony Award winning show
is filled with show-stopping tap numbers and famous jazz-era songs such as: "Were In The Money,Lullaby of Broadway, 42nd Street, Youre Getting To Be A Habit With Me," "About A Quarter To Nine, and Shuffle Off
Paint Your Wagon (Geffen Playhouse)
November 23rd through January 9th, 2004 - Erika
had the pleasure of playing the roles of Cherry Jourdel and Sarah Woodling in the world-premiere revival of Lerner & Loewe's Paint Your Wagon at the
prestigious Geffen Playhouse in West LA. This rousing musical about the California Gold Rush was directed by the Geffen's own producing director, Gil
Cates, with a new book by award-winning playwright, David
Rambo. The extremely talented cast included Tom
Wilson (Back to the Future), Sharon Lawrence (NYPD
Blue), Alex Mendoza (Port Charles),
and many other well-established actors from the worlds of theater, television, and film.
in the Park with George" nominated for Ovation Award
The musical stage
play, Sunday in the Park with George, which
co-starred Erika Amato, was nominated for the prestigious
Ovation Award for Best Musical, Smaller Theatre, 2003.
goes on "Jeopardy" television show
After going on the
TV show, "Win Ben Stein's Money," in 2002, and winning
it all, Erika Amato qualified for "Jeopardy," and
went on this brainiac game show in 2003. Although Erika did
not win, she made a great appearance, and had a lot of fun.
She, in fact, ALMOST won at the end. The show aired on July
Amato signs with Kazarian/Spencer & Associates.
In May, 2003, Erika
signed with Kazarian/Spencer & Associates (KSA), a major
bi-coastal theatrical agency. Their website is www.ksawest.com
Joins West Coast Ensemble
In early 2003, Erika
joined the West Coast Ensemble theater company in Los Angeles,
and was promptly cast in their production of the the Pulitzer
Prize-winning Stephen Sondheim work, "Sunday in the Park
with George." The production ran from March through June,
and has been nominated for a prestigious Ovation Award (for
Best Musical - Smaller Theatre). For more info on West Coast
Ensemble, please see: www.wcensemble.org
Amato Nominated For O.C. Weekly Theater Award
Erika has been nominated
for Best Performance in a Musical for her role in Nine.
She is nominated alongside Misty
Cotton for Laguna Playhouse's Spitfire Grill, Frederica
Von Stade for Opera Pacific's Dead Man Walking, and Frank Tryon for The
King at the Maverick. This category blends both men
These annual theater awards are organized by Orange County
Here for article on these awards
Here to see the Program for the event
County Register names its Best Performances of 2002
Erika was named
one of the Best Performances of 2002 by the Orange County
Register for her role as "Luisa" in Nine.
Her production of The Sound of Music was also
named one of the Top Ten Best Productions, due in part to
its "first-rate Maria."
Here for article