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Gutless & Grateful: The Deliciously Inspiring One-Woman Musical Comedy


Gutless & Grateful is a 70-minute one-woman musical theatre comedy, inspiring audiences across the country since 2012 to turn obstacles into opportunities. Who says you need a stomach to stay hungry for life? Download press kit.

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Gutless & Grateful is the one-woman musical autobiography of Amy Oestreicher, taking her audience on a journey of hope, resilience and gratitude.  An inspiring story of survival and determination, Gutless & Grateful is appropriate for audiences of all ages.  The 70 minute performance can be customized as an ideal event for fundraisers, support groups, hospitals, non-profit organizations, theatres, cabarets, schools, conferences, seminars, motivational speaking engagements, and special events. View on NEW PLAY EXCHANGE.

See a Booking History.

Nominated for Best Theatre Debut (2012), Bistro Awards NYC Pick (2015), and Woman Around Town’s Woman to Celebrate (2014), Featured on TEDx, NBC, Huffington Post and more…


Read quotes from the press here.

“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
(more press quotes here)

Learn More about Gutless & Grateful

For organizations interested in hosting a performance, view a comprehensive guide of the mental health and advocacy themes, and watch excerpts of the talkback component.


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.

Upcoming NYC shows at 54 Below and Metropolitan Room.  See full calendar here.

Amy Oestreicher not only shows us the power of the purest kind of perseverance, but she does so in song and dance, telling her astonishing story of surviving a daunting and lengthy medical nightmares without allowing her challenge to strip

See Amy in the media here.

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 seven years 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.

Read a more detailed synopsis here.

   ” I’m writing to express my appreciation of your wonderfully ingenious operetta.  Indeed, I was moonstruck!   The Broadway sense of your performance was very, very clever a thing to compose and perform-on the drama of your illness- and authentic at that.” – Lee Goldstein, TLAN Performance

Book Gutless & Grateful today!

Sexual Abuse, 27 Surgeries, 6 years unable to eat or drink, Comatose for months, An exploding stomach


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