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AMAS Musical Theatre photograph collection [graphic]. Additions.

Title
AMAS Musical Theatre photograph collection [graphic]. Additions.
Author
AMAS Musical Theatre (New York, N.Y.)
Publication
1969-1993.

Details

Additional Authors
Found In
c2ac AMAS Musical Theatre (New York, N.Y.) AMAS Musical Theatre production files, 1978-1992 (CStRLIN)99-A159
Description
  • 115 photographic prints : col.; 13 x 18 cm. and smaller.
  • 137 photographic prints : col. ;
  • 172 negatives : col. ;
  • 236 contact prints : silver gelatin, b&w ;
  • 2418 negatives : silver gelatin, b&w ;
  • 296 photographic prints : silver gelatin, b&w ;
  • 33 photographic prints : silver gelatin, b&w ;
  • 37 slides : col. ;
  • 4 negatives : silver gelatin, b&w ;
  • 471 negatives : silver gelatin, b&w ;
  • 69 contact prints : silver gelatin, b&w ;
  • 75 photographic prints : silver gelatin, b&w ;
  • 8 contact prints : col. ;
  • 9 tranparencies : col. ;
  • 923 photographic prints : silver gelatin, b&w ;
  • <5003> items (2.9 cu. ft., 13 boxes)
Alternative Title
  • Bubbling brown sugar.
  • Capital cakewalk.
  • Conrack.
  • Mama I want to sing.
Subjects
Genre/Form
  • Contact sheets – 1970-1999.
  • Dye coupler prints – 1970-1999.
  • Gelatin silver prints – 1960-1999.
  • Group portraits – 1960-1999.
  • Negatives – 1970-1989.
  • Portrait photographs – 1970-1999.
  • Publicity photographs – 1960-1999.
  • Slides – 1980-1989.
  • Snapshots – 1980-1999.
Note
  • Title devised by cataloger.
  • Many photographs bear photographer's handstamp on verso; some items have photographer's name printed on recto. Most items have handwritten notations on verso; some photographs have printed or typewritten captions attached to either verso or recto; some portraits have printed résumés attached to verso. Some contact prints bear notations and marks on recto; some images are duplicates.
  • Collection includes work by John Barracuda, Ambur Hiken, Cathy Blaivas, Robert Sheehan, Gilbert Johnson, and JWL, among others.
Biography (note)
  • The AMAS Musical Theatre (formerly the AMAS Repertory Theatre) was founded in New York by actress Rosetta LeNoire, in 1969, as a multi-racial company that developed and produced musical theater.
Linking Entry (note)
  • Forms part of: AMAS Musical Theatre Production Files, 1978-1992.
Call Number
Sc Photo AMAS Musical Theatre Collection (Additions)
Author
AMAS Musical Theatre (New York, N.Y.)
Title
AMAS Musical Theatre photograph collection [graphic]. Additions.
Imprint
1969-1993.
Summary
The AMAS Musical Theatre Photograph Collection additions consist mainly of scenes of theatrical productions. publicity photographs, contact prints, and candid views of performances and casts from the company's stage productions and community workshops, from 1969 to 1993. The collection also contains some publicity shots of cast members; some candid portraits of AMAS personnel; views of parties, benefits and receptions; views of a rally; and documentation of an office break-in. AMAS Musical Theatre founder Rosetta LeNoire is also depicted throughout the collection.
The productions series represents the largest componant of the collection, depicting productions from the 1970 to 1993 theatrical seasons. The series consists of scenes of theatrical performances; individual and group portraits of cast members in costume which were probably used for publicity purposes; and some group portraits and candid views of cast members, musicians and production crews taken during rehearsals and between performances. Also included are some views of live performances before audiences. Some productions are only depicted on contact prints; one production, "Bojangles" (1976-1977 season), includes head shots of cast members with some attached résumés.
Among the productions depicted are "Three Sisters" (1972-1973 season); "Bubbling Brown Sugar" (1975-1976 season); "Bojangles" (1976-1977 season); "Mama I Want to Sing" (1980-1981 season); "The Winds of Change", previews of "Five Points" and "Louisiana Summer" (1982); "Miss Waters to You" (1983-1984 season); "Manhattan Serenade" (1985); "Conrack" (1987) and "Capital Cakewalk" (1990). Also included are a group of unidentified productions consisting mainly of scenes and candid views of casts and crews.
The community tours and workshops series includes individual and group portraits, candid shots, and views of performances depicting the children and young adults who participated in community showcases sponsored by the Exxon Corporation (1981-1982 and 1984); contact prints depicting performances by the 1984-1986 AMAS Adult Workshops, as well as photo enlargements of the 1986 Workshop; and some views and contact prints depicting the performers and senior center residents during various AMAS Summer Tours, including the tours at the Ridgewood (Queens) Seneca Senior Citizen Center (1984), the Stein Senior Center (1985) and the Actor's Home (1986). The 1982 performances of "Langston Speaks" at the DeWitt Nursing Home and the Actor's Home may be part of that year's Summer tour; likewise, the two productions of "I Can Still Hear and See Them" were probably done for the 1983 Summer and 1984 Spring tours, respectively. Also included are undated snapshot views of performances and candid portraits of AMAS staff and actors during various tours (ca. 1980s); a candid view of actor Frederick O'Neal talking to a resident of DeWitt Nursing Home (1982); and candid views of songwriter Eubie Blake attending "Langston Speaks" at the Actor's Home (1982).
The events and activities series includes candid views and group portraits from the press party for the founding of AMAS (1969); candid portraits and views of cast members singing at the AMAS Valentine Fantasy Benefit (1980); some views and contact prints of a "Save The Theatres" rally, which includes Rosetta LeNoire, to protest the demolition of the Morosco and Helen Hayes Theatres (1982); and contact prints and a candid portrait of LeNoire with actress Rosemary Harris at the Avon Luncheon (1985). Some miscellaneous events depicted include dancer/actor Gregory Hines speaking at an unidentified event and undated views of actress Margaret Hamilton attending a wine tasting.
Biography
The AMAS Musical Theatre (formerly the AMAS Repertory Theatre) was founded in New York by actress Rosetta LeNoire, in 1969, as a multi-racial company that developed and produced musical theater. It also provided opportunities for writers, composers and lyricists to create work free from the pressures of commercial theater. Since the 1970s AMAS has sponsored a youth theater offering young people training in music theory, drama, vocal technique, dance movement and stagecraft. AMAS has also worked with or performed for school groups, adult workshops and senior citizen centers. The troupe has won a number of awards for its outstanding contributions to American theater. Notable AMAS productions include the 1976 Tony-nominated "Bubbling Brown Sugar," which ran on Broadway for two years, "Mama I Want to Sing" and "Conrack."
Linking Entry
Forms part of: AMAS Musical Theatre Production Files, 1978-1992.
Local Note
Sc MG 463
Added Author
Barracuda, John. Photographer
Blaivas, Cathy. Photographer
Hiken, Ambur. Photographer
Johnson, Gilbert. Photographer
Lapidas, Jerry. Photographer
Katz, Kenneth. Photographer
Sheehan, Robert F., 1922-1969. Photographer
Andrews University. James White Library. Photographer
Added Title
Bubbling brown sugar.
Capital cakewalk.
Conrack.
Mama I want to sing.
Found In:
c2ac AMAS Musical Theatre (New York, N.Y.) AMAS Musical Theatre production files, 1978-1992 (CStRLIN)99-A159
Research Call Number
Sc Photo AMAS Musical Theatre Collection (Additions)
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