After its sold-out, Broadway World Award-nominated run this past October inspired theatregoers everywhere, Gutless & Grateful returns to Stage 72 this June! -------------------------------------------- "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 Sanders, critic, BistroAwards.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 24 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 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 three 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 direction from Broadway veteran Jerold Goldstein, as well as renowned composer David Friedman, the act also includes a song David Friedman wrote especially for Amy with lyrics by Kathie Lee Gifford.
"Gutless & Grateful" has received many accolades including a Broadway World Award nomination in the category of "Best Cabaret Debut". Don't miss this opportunity to experience a story that will make you laugh, and forever change your outlook on life.
"Oestreicher's story is always inspirational and sometimes funny. It's hard not to laugh when Oestreicher says that after hours and hours of boredom, leaving her room for a CAT scan was a "field trip." Her recounting of the time (still dressed in a hospital gown) she left the hospital with her parents for an unauthorized excursion in Manhattan is proof enough she did not fall into self-pity. But it's the music that makes the show not only inspirational but also entertaining. The first songs Oestreicher sings reflect her youthful exuberance: "Just Around the Riverbend," "Born to Entertain." The songs take a darker turn when troubles strike: "Say A Prayer for Me Tonight," "Lost In the Stars," and "I'd Rather Be Sailing." Considering Oestreicher's problems, it should be no surprise that she sings "Food, Glorious Food." "Gutless & Grateful: A Musical Feast" is a moving personal history told with grace and humor, and garnished with great songs sung from the heart."
- Paulanne Simmons (Times Square Chronicles)
"Whew. Welcome back, Amy Oestreicher. We can't wait to see what the future holds for you . . ." - Kevin Scott Hall (Kevin on Kabaret for The Edge)