Amas Musical Theater Presents “Black Butterfly”

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Amas Theater Presents "Black Butterfly"

With the lockdown of live entertainment coming up to a year in March, it has been amazing to see the creativity and hard work that the talented members of the Broadway community have put forth during this bleak period of time.

Virtual fundraisers based around performances or full-scale productions have provided entertainment and kept the community engaged. There is one coming up this week that you should definitely check out.

On Feb. 3, the Amas Musical Theatre will present a virtual reading of “Black Butterfly,” which is being billed as a surreal dramedy tv series with music.

Written by Mary McCallum and N’Kenge, the story line centers around Tahja, a beautiful and multi-dimensional aspiring Black opera singer, who leaves behind the comforts of family life in Florida to pursue her dreams as a graduate student at Juilliard.

“Black Butterfly” incorporates a mixture of pre-existing and brand-new Broadway, jazz, hip-hop, opera, blues and soul music into Tahja’s journey, set in the world of the New York City music scene.

This unique production starring N’Kenge, Tamara Tunie and Terence Archie launches Feb 3 at 7PM with a Q and A with the company following the performance. “Black Butterfly” will remain available on demand through Feb. 6.

Tickers are free, but reservations are required at

This is a fundraising vehicle for the wonderful Amas Musical Theatre Company.

Broadway star N’Kenge joins me on “Bagels and Broadway” this Sunday at 2 PM on WNYM Radio. Available to hear on podcast following the broadcast.


  • Five-time Billboard Award-winning media personality Valerie Smaldone is a theatre, food, lifestyle and entertainment enthusiast. She is a celebrity interviewer, accomplished voice-over artist and actress. Recent appearances on episodic tv include Law and Order, Criminal Intent, The Other Two (on HBO Max), Tommy, Manifest and Blue Bloods. She is an audiobook narrator and producer. A live event emcee, moderator, and "Voice of God" at events and award ceremonies, Valerie has joined The Story Plant Entertainment Company and is currently working on a film and Broadway play. Visit her website at

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