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Amy Oestreicher
Sunday, March 26, 2017 7:00 PM
Metropolitan Room, New York, NY
  • 2 Bev Min
 
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  • Ticket Price: $24.00 - $115.00
  • Door Time: 6:15 PM
  • Show Type: Singer / Songwriter
  • Restrictions: 2 Bev Min
Amy Oestreicher ~ Gutless and Grateful
 
Following sold-out runs at Stage 72, The Bijou Theatre, United Solo Festival, Barrington Stage Company (Tony-Award winning William Finn’s Cabaret Series) and a nationwide tour, the inspirational Amy Oestreicher will bring her hit one-woman musical Gutless & Grateful back to NYC at the Metropolitan Room.
 
In this moving evening of song, performer Amy Oestreicher weaves her near death experience and unique personal story with an eclectic set of songs, highlighting the disappointments, struggles, triumphs and humor in her life.
 
“Gutless & Grateful: is not a story about a victim, but one of a survivor. Amy has channeled the pain of her experiences into something far greater.” – Michelle Alerte (Woman Around Town)

 
Nominated for “Best Theatre Debut” in 2012 (Broadway World), Gutless & Grateful: My Surgical, Beautiful Detour, takes audiences on a musical journey of hope, determination, and perseverance as Amy Oestreicher shares her gratitude, her strength and her beautiful voice with the world. The show was Created/Conceived by Amy Oestreicher and is Co-written and Co-directed by Amy Oestreicher and Jerold Goldstein. The show also features the song “Still Alive” which was written for Amy by acclaimed composer David Friedman with lyrics by TV personality and lyricist Kathie Lee Gifford.
 
“One part moving testament to human indomitability, the other a thoroughly satisfying evening of song. While each element is strong enough to stand on its own, combined they illuminate and enhance each other. Rarely have I seen narration and song so artfully meshed, and Oestreicher’s likeability, good humor, interpretive skill, and manifest commitment to what she is saying and singing make us not only understand her story, but also feel it on a very deep level.”
 
-Roy Sander (critic for BistroAwards.com)Amy Oestreicher is a PTSD peer-to-peer specialist, artist, author, writer for Huffington Post, speaker for TEDx and RAINN, health advocate, survivor, award-winning actress, and playwright, sharing the lessons learned from trauma through her writing, mixed media art, performance and inspirational speaking.
 
As the creator of the Gutless & Grateful, her one-woman autobiographical musical, she's toured theatres nationwide, along with a program combining mental health advocacy, sexual assault awareness  and Broadway Theatre for college campuses and international conferences.  Her original, full-length drama, Imprints, premiered at the NYC Producer's Club in May 2016, exploring how trauma affects the family as well as the individual.


 
To celebrate her own “beautiful detour”, Amy created the #LoveMyDetour campaign, to help others cope in the face of unexpected events.  "Detourism" is also the subject of her TEDx and upcoming book, My Beautiful Detour, available December 2017.
 
As Eastern Regional Recipient of Convatec’s Great Comebacks Award, she's contributed to over 70 notable online and print publications, and her story has appeared on NBC's TODAY, CBS, Cosmopolitan, Seventeen, Sirius Broadway Radio, among others. 
 
She has devised workshops for conferences nationwide,  including this year's Mental Health America Conference in D.C. and the keynote performance for the Hawaii Pacific Rim International Conference on Diversity and Disability.  Learn the art of navigating beautiful detours and sign up for updates at amyoes.com and follow her on twitter @amyoes.
 
Learn more about Gutless and Grateful here: https://www.amyoes.com/gutless/
 
JEROLD GOLDSTEIN (musical director) Jerold was last seen in New York in FACE THE MUSIC for the ENCORES series at the City Center and before that he played Mushnik in the national tour of with LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS. He has appeared on Broadway in HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING, with Matthew Broderick, Sarah Jessica Parker and John Stamos, and in the musical AIN'T BROADWAY GRAND. He was featured in the national tour A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM starring Rip Taylor (standing by for Mr. Taylor) and co-starred with Dick Van Patten in SCANDALS at Theatre Virginia. Jerold played Chico Marx in both ANIMAL CRACKERS at Arena Stage, Washington and THE COCOANUTS at the Actors Theatre of Louisville.  He won Philadelphia's prestigious Barrymore Award for his performance in GUN METAL BLUES at the Wilma Theatre, was in the Kennedy Center's long-running production of SHEAR MADNESS and toured Europe as Bert Barry in 42ND STREET. On television he has been featured on NBC’s LAW AND ORDER and CBS’ HACK.
As a composer, Jerold's shows (written with William Squier) have been performed around the country. They include: BABALU and MUSIC IS MY FIST -- their send up of the Rat Pack -- which was featured twice at Steve McGraw’s, their holiday musical THE THREE SCROOGES and their newest musical, ROUTE 66 (music: Fred Stark), has been performed in concert at the Stamford Center for the Arts and the inaugural Kansas City Crossroads Festival of New Musicals and in a full production at the University of Maine. This coming Fall ROUTE 66 will have an eight week run at the Circa 21 theatre in Illinois Individual songs that he has composed include ‘Garland of Hope,’ performed at New York’s Famed Palace Theatre in the BC/EFA Easter Bonnet Competition, and ‘Where’s the Party Tonight?’ (Lyrics: W. Squier) the theme song for the ABC-TV late night show, WHERE’S THE PARTY?
For more info: www.JeroldGoldstein.com
 
Show description: Amy Oestreicher (see bio here) was an ambitious, audacious teenager who had her life all planned out: go to college, win a Tony, and conquer the world. But life took an unexpected detour when the week before her high school senior prom, she found herself in unusual pain. She was rushed to the emergency room, and due to a blood clot, Amy’s stomach exploded to the ceiling of the operating room. After both lungs collapsed, she almost died.
Months later, she awoke from a coma covered in tubes, bags, and drains, and was told that she had no stomach anymore, she could not eat or drink, and it was not certain if or when she would ever taste one bite ever again. It took 27 surgeries and over three years, but eventually, Amy was miraculously reconstructed, and with the intestines she had left, was given a system that digests food.
 
Come for an evening of inspiring story-telling and song as she shares the disappointments, the triumphs, and the humor – the challenges, the battles, and ultimately the gifts of what Amy received from this experience. It is a story of hope, determination, and perseverance a way to share her gratitude and strength with the world. Through the ups and downs, Amy’s fight proves that you never know what you are capable of until you are asked to the challenge  and the human spirit can prevail over any odds.
 
Through a decade of surgeries and medical crises, Amy never let herself feel like a “patient” or “victim.” Rather than mourn her hunger, she started a chocolate business, a food blog, learned karate, starred in musicals, put up several art shows, and taught nursery school. Through it all, Amy has always kept her spirit alive and her appetite for life ravenous. Amy was featured on CBS and the TODAY show, where she shared her joy and gratitude for being alive, as well as her hunger for everything life can offer. With musical direction from acclaimed musical director David Brunetti and renowned composer David Friedman, the act also includes a song David Friedman wrote especially for Amy with lyrics by Kathie Lee Gifford.
 
 
Amy Oestreicher is a PTSD peer-to-peer specialist, artist, author, writer for Huffington Post, speaker for TEDx and RAINN, health advocate, survivor, award-winning actress, and playwright, sharing the lessons learned from trauma through her writing, mixed media art, performance and inspirational speaking.
 
As the creator of the Gutless & Grateful, her one-woman autobiographical musical, she's toured theatres nationwide, along with a program combining mental health advocacy, sexual assault awareness  and Broadway Theatre for college campuses and international conferences.  Her original, full-length drama, Imprints, premiered at the NYC Producer's Club in May 2016, exploring how trauma affects the family as well as the individual.
 
To celebrate her own “beautiful detour”, Amy created the #LoveMyDetour campaign, to help others cope in the face of unexpected events.  "Detourism" is also the subject of her TEDx and upcoming book, My Beautiful Detour, available December 2017.
 
As Eastern Regional Recipient of Convatec’s Great Comebacks Award, she's contributed to over 70 notable online and print publications, and her story has appeared on NBC's TODAY, CBS, Cosmopolitan, Seventeen, Sirius Broadway Radio, among others. 
 
She has devised workshops for conferences nationwide,  including this year's Mental Health America Conference in D.C. and the keynote performance for the Hawaii Pacific Rim International Conference on Diversity and Disability.  Learn the art of navigating beautiful detours and sign up for updates at amyoes.com and follow her on twitter @amyoes.
 
Learn more about Gutless and Grateful here: https://www.amyoes.com/gutless/
 
JEROLD GOLDSTEIN (musical director) Jerold was last seen in New York in FACE THE MUSIC for the ENCORES series at the City Center and before that he played Mushnik in the national tour of with LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS. He has appeared on Broadway in HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING, with Matthew Broderick, Sarah Jessica Parker and John Stamos, and in the musical AIN'T BROADWAY GRAND. He was featured in the national tour A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM starring Rip Taylor (standing by for Mr. Taylor) and co-starred with Dick Van Patten in SCANDALS at Theatre Virginia. Jerold played Chico Marx in both ANIMAL CRACKERS at Arena Stage, Washington and THE COCOANUTS at the Actors Theatre of Louisville.  He won Philadelphia's prestigious Barrymore Award for his performance in GUN METAL BLUES at the Wilma Theatre, was in the Kennedy Center's long-running production of SHEAR MADNESS and toured Europe as Bert Barry in 42ND STREET. On television he has been featured on NBC’s LAW AND ORDER and CBS’ HACK.
 
As a composer, Jerold's shows (written with William Squier) have been performed around the country. They include: BABALU and MUSIC IS MY FIST -- their send up of the Rat Pack -- which was featured twice at Steve McGraw’s, their holiday musical THE THREE SCROOGES and their newest musical, ROUTE 66 (music: Fred Stark), has been performed in concert at the Stamford Center for the Arts and the inaugural Kansas City Crossroads Festival of New Musicals and in a full production at the University of Maine. This coming Fall ROUTE 66 will have an eight week run at the Circa 21 theatre in Illinois Individual songs that he has composed include ‘Garland of Hope,’ performed at New York’s Famed Palace Theatre in the BC/EFA Easter Bonnet Competition, and ‘Where’s the Party Tonight?’ (Lyrics: W. Squier) the theme song for the ABC-TV late night show, WHERE’S THE PARTY?
For more info: www.JeroldGoldstein.com
 
Amy Oestreicher was an ambitious, audacious teenager who had her life all planned out: go to college, win a Tony, and conquer the world. But life took an unexpected detour when the week before her high school senior prom, she found herself in unusual pain. She was rushed to the emergency room, and due to a blood clot, Amy’s stomach exploded to the ceiling of the operating room. After both lungs collapsed, she almost died.
 
Months later, she awoke from a coma covered in tubes, bags, and drains, and was told that she had no stomach anymore, she could not eat or drink, and it was not certain if or when she would ever taste one bite ever again. It took 27 surgeries and over three years, but eventually, Amy was miraculously reconstructed, and with the intestines she had left, was given a system that digests food.
 
Come for an evening of inspiring story-telling and song as she shares the disappointments, the triumphs, and the humor – the challenges, the battles, and ultimately the gifts of what Amy received from this experience. It is a story of hope, determination, and perseverance a way to share her gratitude and strength with the world. Through the ups and downs, Amy’s fight proves that you never know what you are capable of until you are asked to the challenge  and the human spirit can prevail over any odds.
 
Through a decade of surgeries and medical crises, Amy never let herself feel like a “patient” or “victim.” Rather than mourn her hunger, she started a chocolate business, a food blog, learned karate, starred in musicals, put up several art shows, and taught nursery school. Through it all, Amy has always kept her spirit alive and her appetite for life ravenous. Amy was featured on CBS and the TODAY show, where she shared her joy and gratitude for being alive, as well as her hunger for everything life can offer. With musical direction from acclaimed musical director David Brunetti and renowned composer David Friedman, the act also includes a song David Friedman wrote especially for Amy with lyrics by Kathie Lee Gifford.