Thanks to everyone who came to see Gutless & Grateful in Sarasota!
Here are some pictures from a great night!
Some highlights – amazing people!
Joseph Galata: Amy’s performance at the solo festival is soooooo powerful .. her musical story is about her sexual abuse being so traumatic her stomach exploded and for 6 years no food or liquids and 27 surgeries … I have cried so hard in a theatre in tears but she is soooooo funny and musical … a star! I love my friend !
From the audience: “I saw your show at SaraSolo this evening and met your wonderful parents, and I want to let you know that you are an inspiration, a guiding light, and a true delight!!! A remarkable woman full of truth and hope and talent, so may all good things come your way, and may life continue to bless you each and every day.”
One of my favorite stories n Gutless and Grateful….how William Finn came to my graduation…and of course when my sound cues didn’t work!
Here are two more snippets from reviews!
“The message of Amy Oestreicher’s musical based on her personal experience is so heart-rendering. Generous applause filled the room as [her] voice hits a peak…admired for her spirit, resilience, and outlook.”
“Born with Broadway on her brain, Amy shares her inspiring journey through songs. Her song choices always illuminate her story and range. Toward the end Amy incorporates a song written for her by David Friedman and Kathie Lee Gifford (“Still Alive”) and a song written by her (“Lost in the Corner”). Through this amazing range of songs every emotion is beautifully illustrated.
Ms. Oestreicher is an engaging performer and, at the performance I attended, showed great poise when a recalcitrant computer made it necessary for her to deliver the two Sondheim selections a capella and, even though they are tricky (when is Sondheim not?), she delivered amazing performances. The audience was with her 100%, awed by her resilience in the face of adversity that would crush most people.” – William Osner (talkinbroadway.com)
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- SaraSolo – from GottaVan Productions
GUTLESS & GRATEFUL! – Sat. 1/28 @5pm
Amy had ambitious plans for Broadway, until she abruptly developed a blood clot the week before her high school senior prom. Months later, she awoke from a coma to learn that after her stomach had exploded, she might never be able to digest food again. But after 27 surgeries, determination and an inner “hunger” for life, she learned that the human spirit heals through “gutsiness”, gratitude, and an overabundance of humor.
Presented in Sarasota’s Pioneer Park at the historical Crocker Memorial Church 1260 12th Street. All tickets $15
Gutless & Grateful Comes to Sarasota, Florida January 28th, 2017!
Following sold-out runs at The Triad NYC, The Bijou Theatre, United Solo Festival, Barrington Stage Company (Tony-Award winning William Finn’s Cabaret Series) and a nationwide tour from Washington D.C. to Hawaii, the captivating Amy Oestreicher will bring her hit one-woman musical Gutless & Grateful to Sarasota Florida as part of the Sarasolo Festival on January 28th, 2017. Through interwoven song and dialogue, performer Amy Oestreicher shares a primal piece of live-storytelling – weaving her near death experience and inspiring perspective with an eclectic set of songs, comedically highlighting struggles, triumphs and “beautiful detours” 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), and Bistro Awards Top Pick, and featured in Huffington Post, Gutless & Grateful, takes audiences on a musical journey of determination, grit and “guts” as Oestreicher shares her humor, her strength, and her soaring vocals with the world. Oestreicher’s script was inspired by the thousands of journal entries she kept over the six years she endured unable to eat a morsel of food or drink a drop of liquid. Co-conceived by Oestreicher and musical director David Brunetti, the show is directed by Broadway-veteran Jerold Goldstein, also on piano. “Gutless” 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, after she appeared on NBC’s TODAY Show in 2011.
“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 had ambitious plans for Broadway, until she abruptly developed a blood clot the week before her high school senior prom. After being rushed to the hospital, her stomach exploded in the operating room, and after both her lungs collapsed, she nearly died. After waking up from a coma several months later, she was told she no longer had a stomach, and it was unknown whether she would ever be able to eat or drink again . After 27 surgeries and six of the past ten years unable to drink a drop of fluid, Amy’s digestive system was miraculously reconstructed and she learned that the human spirit heals through “gutsiness”, gratitude, and an overabundance of humor.
Amy Oestreicher is an artist, author, speaker for RAINN and TEDx, writer for The Huffington Post, award-winning health advocate, actress and playwright, eagerly sharing the lessons learned from a decade of trauma through her writing, performance, art and speaking. Amy’s story and show have appeared on the TODAY Show, CBS, WNBC Cosmopolitan, Seventeen Magazine, Unmistakable Creative, Good Housekeeping, among others, and her writings have appeared in over 70 notable lifestyle, wellness, and arts publications. Amy’s “beautiful detour” inspired her to create the #LoveMyDetour movement, a campaign inspiring people to flourish because of, rather than in spite of challenges- also the subject of her TEDx Talk and upcoming book, My Beautiful Detour.
“Oestreicher’s story is always inspirational and surprisingly funny.” – Paulanne Simmons (Times Square Chronicles)
Come for a moving night of song, stories and possibilities, all in a 70-minute musical comedy. Gutless & Grateful is no ordinary one-woman show, but a powerhouse production that leaves the audience in tears, laughing hysterically, and savoring every last bite as though it were their very first.
Amy Oestreicher in Gutless & Grateful plays at the historical Crocker Memorial Church 1260 12th Street. All tickets $15
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