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Catch Me at 54 Below!

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On October 15 @ 11:30pm, I’ll be making my Feinstein’s/54 Below debut with the Fall 2019 class of Bridging the Gap, a new workshop by cabaret performer Ari Axelrod.

The course focuses on how to bridge the gap between musical theatre performance and the intimate art of cabaret by honing the performer’s foundational training and getting in touch with their most authentic self.

Our studies culminate in a performance at NYC’s most acclaimed cabaret venue, and I’m excited to grace a new stage!

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NYMF Debut: The Gunfighter Meets His Match

In just a few short weeks, I'll be joining the cast and creative team of The Gunfighter Meets His Match in the New York Musical Festival, as the role of Jimmy. This show has been under development since 2015 and I'm honored to be brought on board for this next exciting stage. See the excerpt below from BroadwayWorld or thegunfightermusical.com for more information.

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The 2018 New York Musical Festival will present the World Premiere of The Gunfighter Meets His Match (Abby Payne and Chelsea Retzloff, Producers) with music, lyrics & book by Abby Payne (Musical Theatre Factory's series at Joe's Pub), directed and choreographed by Jeff Davis of Glitter Kitty Productions (One for the Ages!), July 30th-August 4th at the Acorn Theatre at Theatre Row (410 West 42nd Street between 9th and 10th Avenues). Performances will take place on Monday, July 30th at 8pm, Thursday, August 2nd at 5pm, Friday, August 3rd at 1pm, and Saturday, August 4th at 5pm & 9pm. Tickets ($29.50) are available for advance purchase at www.nymf.org or by calling 212-352-3101. The Gunfighter Meets His Match is an official selection of the 2018 New York Musical Festival.

The Gunfighter Meets His Match is a Wild West musical conceived and written by singer-songwriter Abby Payne. This original story, inspired by the New York City music scene and the short stories of Louis L'Amour, is full of love, loss, and hope. Come along for the wild ride as a rugged gunfighter battles for his truest love. With the creative direction and highly entertaining choreography of Jeff Davis, the Gunfighter will transport you to another world with a few familiar echoes of our own. The performance will run approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes.

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Debuting Off-Broadway With Laughs and Libations

This month, I made my Off-Broadway debut at New World Stages in The Imbible: Day Drinking, a boozy, silly, a capella adventure through the history of brunch and brunch drinks.

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"Join four friends as they battle today's always-connected, over-scheduled world to carve out time to enjoy brunch together. While struggling to prioritize and prepare for their gathering, they learn the stories behind not only well-known brunch drinks but also brunch itself, and come to appreciate the value of making time to break bread and sip drinks with good friends." (imbible.nyc)

I'll be making select appearances on Saturday and Sunday afternoons throughout this fall and winter, so stay tuned on Facebook and Instagram for specific dates!

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Featured in New Show at The PIT Loft

Amanda will be a featured vocalist in the second monthly production of Songs to Ruin, a new series featuring beloved musical theater songs accompanied by the hilarious antics of guest improv troupes. The series is one of two currently running at The PIT Loft produced by Jimmy Robertson.

Time: Tuesday August 8th @ 7:30pm

Location: The PIT Loft, 154 W 29th St, 2nd Floor

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Response to Gateway's On the Town

Check out the links below as Gateway's On the Town gets rave reviews!

Broadway World: "And so, On The Town is, per usual, another hit for the beautiful Gateway Theatre of Bellport, Long Island. A Broadway caliber cast and the American spirit make it one helluva show!"

Newsday: "Ozzie, gullibly played by Sean Ewing, is mistaken for a Neanderthal by an anthropologist — Amanda Higgins, with a voice that could break glass."

DC Metro Theater Arts: "Sean Ewing is wonderful as the loyal Ozzie. He and Amanda Higgins, as Claire De Loone, play off one another brilliantly. Their hilarious duet 'Carried Away' showcases their many skills and Higgins’ breathtaking soprano."

Long Island Advance: "The song, 'Some Other Time,' between Claire and Ozzie, Chip and Hildy is a gentle, tender heartbreaker."

Dan's Papers: "On the Town is high-energy fun with plenty of romance and comedy, all adding up to a great night at the theater in Bellport."

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I just get carried away

I'm delighted to announce that I'll be playing Claire in The Gateway's upcoming production of On the Town! I can't wait to grab my measuring tape and high C to have a little fun with Ozzie and the gang. YOU look like you need a day trip to beautiful Long Island, so make it sometime June 28 - July 15 and check out this classic love letter to NYC!

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Time for a Reunion

In a week's time, I'll be rehearsing with almost 50 Jimmy Awards alumni for the upcoming April 10th memorial event honoring the late James Nederlander.

The Jimmy Awards (also National High School Musical Theater Awards) were a highlight and turning point of my adolescence as I drew closer to the reality of pursuing performing as a career. Never before that week in 2011 had I been in the presence of so many highly- talented, humble, bright peers, and it was truly an experience I'll always cherish. To say the least, I look forward to reuniting with some of them next week on the Minskoff stage, where we performed together almost five years ago. Most of us have now graduated from bachelor's degree programs and many are back in the city, hustling alongside one another to become Broadway babes!

There is no more fitting an occasion for us to perform together once more than the honoring of James Nederlander. Aside from establishing itself as a Broadway legend, the Nederlander organization is a crucial host and sponsor of the Jimmy Awards (which still continue annually in NYC!), and I am forever indebted to the organization for the once-in-a-lifetime experience I got to have as a wide-eyed 17-year-old. Read more about James Nederlander's legacy here.

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Bringing on the Drama in a New Work

I'm finally back in NYC after touring with Holidaze for the holidays (see what I did there?) and grateful to be joining the developmental cast of Daniel Gallant's new play THE WEATHER UPSETS HER. The first semi-staged reading of this crime drama will be presented by Black Box Studios in Teaneck, NJ as part of their New Play Reading Series. The work will also be presented in late February in Manhattan's own Nuyorican Poet's Cafe, details TBA.

In THE WEATHER UPSETS HER, gangwar and jealousy threaten the romantic connection between crime lord Bondola and Josephine Faske, the young woman who supervises his internal affairs. Through a series of flashbacks, we see how Faske joined Bondola’s cartel and rose through its ranks while navigating fractious gang politics and an illicit affair with her mentor.

Thanks to the creative team for taking a chance on an MT gal and inviting me to help tell your story!

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Getting into the "Holidaze" Spirit!

This winter I'll be going back on the road, but this time trading the jazz band for a band of circus performers! I can't wait to sing some ditties and get audiences in the holiday spirit with the nationally touring cast of Cirque Dreams's Holidaze. Ring out the bells and bring on the glitter!

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"Deeper Than a Crush" Premieres This April

Check out the trailer for the upcoming short film "Deeper Than a Crush," in which I portray the main character's wingwoman and best friend, Tish. Working with the cast and crew was such a blast, especially the strong and beautiful woman who wrote, co-directed, and starred in the film! "Deeper Than a Crush" has already been accepted into the Texas Ultimate Shorts Film Festival. A premiere double screening will take place Saturday, April 23 at a TBD location in Upper Manhattan. Tickets are on sale here.

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Joining the cast of "In the Mood"

I'm delighted to announce that I'll be joining the 22nd annual cast of In the Mood, a 1940s style musical revue and my first ever national tour! Look for me chirping out some classics alongside five other singers and a live band as we scoot across the country to a city near you. Rehearsals begin early January 2016, then we set out on the high asphalt later that month. More information and tour dates can be found at www.inthemoodlive.com.