DECEMBER 3. The throats will be OILY, the arrangements will be SICK, and it’s John Legend’s music?!?!?! LET’S GOOOOOOOO! Get your tickets NOW!
Christine Ebersole, Yours Truly, Sierra Boggess / Photo Credit: Marc J. Franklin
At the Third Annual Samuel French Awards, my friends Lucy Simon & Marsha Norman received the Award for Sustained Excellence in American Theatre. It was an honor to sing my favorite song from Secret Garden, “Hold On” (I’m biased) and to be on the same bill as the legendary Christine Ebersole & Sierra Boggess. It was one for the books.
When I was 14, I played one of the Urchins in “Little Shop of Horrors” at my alma mater, North Springs High School (Go Spartans!). I don’t remember which role I played, what solo I sang, but I do remember that our costumes where modeled after Marilyn Monroe (including cheap blonde wigs) and they were ATROCIOUS! I’m so glad I got a do over with one of the SICKEST casts in the business. Led by Josh Radnor & Megan Hilty, we had a blast bringing the classic to life. What a pity that it was such a short run (only 8 performances), but the opportunity to hit the stage at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts (a dream) in the DISTRICT, during the week of the greatest Homecoming ever, at the MECCA and my alma mater Howard University - WHAT AN AMAZING TIME!!!! And yes, I sang my whole throat loose!
What a day. Along with 11 other powerhouse, BAD ASS women, I got to play Juror #8 in a one-night only benefit performance of an all female “12 Angry Men”. Produced by Lauren Class Schneider, the reading raised awareness around the upcoming Midterm elections. I haven’t gotten to do a play in AGES, and I was so honored to participate in such a powerful & poignant piece.
What a joy it was to sing a little ditty with fellow Chocolate Sensation for all the nations, Joshua Henry. Central Park was the place to be for the 4th annual Elsie Fest - a one-day outdoor music festival celebrating the stars and songs of musicals of the stage and screen. Joshua arranged an absolutely sickening “Memory” from Cats and accompanied us on guitar. I lived my life. We sang DOWN. #ShuffleOffToHamilton
7 months have passed and I still can’t believe it happened. I got a message in my facebook inbox from a man claiming to be THEE Jason Robert Brown. He asked me to join him in concert at Subculture (where I had JUST done my one-woman show) where he’s been performing in residency. I died 3,000 deaths. Then, I thought it was a hoax. I figured it was a bored teenager pulling a cruel prank. But, it was the real JRB.
Weeks later, we met at his UWS home to choose songs and rehearse. I’m just casually sitting in his music room, peering up at his collection of TONY awards and show posters, playing with his puppy, on the morning that he finds out he’s an Outer Critics Circle Award nominee for Outstanding Orchestrations of “Prince of Broadway”. 16 year old Amber is screaming Bloody Murder. He hands me the sheet music to 2 new songs…..I get to sing BRAND NEW JRB TUNES…. Jesus Christ. And then we decide on “You don’t know this man”, that I first heard in college, as sung by my other BFF Audra Elizabeth McDonald (I gave her that middle name, so don’t look for it on wikipedia). We somehow landed on the jazziest, sexiest arrangement ever - and I was in heaven.
The concert was AMAZING. Getting to share the stage with JRB wasn’t even a dream come true, because I’d never dream that such a think could happen…from a facebook message. But I’m forever grateful to JRB for thinking of me, and becoming my BFF. #JRBandME
MONDAY / APRIL 9 / 7:30P / SUBCULTURE / 45 BLEECKER STREET
In her solo show debut, actress, writer and activist Amber Iman delves into the complexity of being black, bold and fierce in America. Using personal stories and songs, she takes the audience on a journey through love, rejection, race, artistry and heartbreak in a performance that ultimately uplifts and reminds us that we have the capacity to move forward from any setback.
Brazen, hilarious, unflinchingly political and musically gifted, Amber Iman has spent the last year starring in the National Tour of Hamilton. She has appeared on Broadway in Shuffle Along and Soul Doctor and has starred in numerous off Broadway and regional theater productions.
Along with my sisters Solea Pfeiffer and Emmy Raver-Lampman, I had a blast singing the National Anthem for the San Francisco Giants Opening Day versus the Arizona Diamondbacks, in front of a crowd of 40,000+.
25 Million Viewers in 215 countries....
I'm still in shock! Along with my cast mates Joshua Henry, Solea Pfeiffer, and Emmy Raver-Lampman, I had the honor and the pleasure of singing the National Anthem for Game 5 of the NBA Finals, between the Cleveland Cavaliers and The Champions, The Golden State Warriors. Watch below!
On September 11th, 2016, In conjunction with Broadway Style Guide, Kate Egan presented "Broadway's Mixtape: The House that Rock Built" at Le Poison Rogue - a night of awesome rock stars sung by Broadway's finest. It was a PHENOMENAL night of music and I got to rock out and reunite with my Shaylimo and "Soul Doctor" co-star, Eric Anderson. We sang a killer cover of "Under Pressure" by the late David Bowie and Annie Lennox. Scroll down for pics!
On June 6th, SeriousFun Children’s Network hosted a star-studded gala at Cipriani in midtown New York City to celebrating the legacy that Paul Newman created – a family of camps and programs that bring joy, laughter and confidence to children living with serious illnesses all around the world.
The evening’s program featured appearances and performances from musician/philanthropist Jon Bon Jovi, actor Laura Linney, actor Kyle McLachlan, trumpeter Chris Botti, NBC News anchor Kate Snow, YouTube sensation Jamie Lou Stenzel, Donald Webber, Jr, Amber Iman, Sarah Stiles, and a group of very talented SeriousFun Campers. The View co-host, Joy Behar, served as the evening’s Auctioneer Extraordinaire.
The evening was a true celebration and featured a series of live performances, video presentations, and readings that illustrated just how special the camps are and the important impact they have on the campers and their families.
The evening raised more than $1.5 million for SeriousFun Children’s Network, providing support for its 30 camps and programs around the world. Since its inception, SeriousFun camps and programs have served more than 600,000 children and their family members from more than 50 countries -- always free of charge.
I am incredibly grateful to Dick Scanlan for inviting me to be a part of such a wonderful evening for an incredible organization. Donald Webber, Sarah Stiles, and I had the immense privilege of reading letters written by the parents of some of the Serious Fun campers. See pics below!
On Monday, May 9, 2016, nearly 800 guests attended Jazz at Lincoln Center's festive annual gala. Titled “Jazz and Broadway,” this year’s fundraiser, comprising a dinner and benefit performance by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and a star-studded roster of special guests—was hosted by Vanessa Williams in Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater. I had a blast and got to sing "I'm Simply Full of Jazz" from Shuffle Along. Pics below!
WELL! Soooo happy to announce...... I'm the new co-host of a hilarious podcast, "Off-Book" with Broadway Black. Off-Book features unapologetic and unadulterated theatre talk, with a sprinkle of turn-up....and all things regarding us beautiful, Black people! My Co-hosts Andrew Shade (Creator of Broadway Black) and Donja R. Love are hilarious and insightful and foolish, all at the same time. Join us every week for a good time in the theatre!
Go to BroadwayBlack.com and Click on "Off-Book"....until I figure out how to link it...smh. #Challenged
OH MY GOODNESS!!!! Sooooo excited to announce that I was nominated for my FIRST Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical, for the fantabulous production of "Man of La Mancha" at Shakespeare Theatre Company In DC. Our show received 7 nominations in total, including Outstanding Director, Musical Director, Set Design, Lead Actor, Lead Actress, Ensemble, and Musical. What a wonderful way to kick off 2016!!!!
This past week, I finished my 3rd workshop of "Five Points" a new musical with a book by Harrison David Rivers and Music & Lyrics by one of my favorite songwriting teams, Lyons & Pakchar. This ones coming fast and hard kids! I love being apart of a project from the ground up. The show is constantly being changed and elevated and tightened. Keep an eye out for this one!
I still don't have the words to express my gratitude. After 3 months in DC, playing Aldonza in "Man of La Mancha" at the Shakespeare Theatre Company, I was awarded the Emery Battis Award for Acting Excellence. Along with the gorgeous crystal sculpture, they threw in a cool $5,000, the generosity of an anonymous donor. I am so grateful, overwhelmed with gratitude for the love and encouragement from everyone at STC. I have to thank Michael Kahn and Alan Paul, especially, for believing in me and giving me the opportunity to tell such a beautiful story. Hard work pays off. Keep pressing!!!!
Are you ready?!?!
So excited to announce that I'm going back to BROADWAY.....! I am honored, privileged, and humbled to be in the same room, let alone sharing the stage, with men and women that I've admired for as long as I can remember. "Shuffle Along, or The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed After" starts previews at The Music Box Theatre on March 14th and opens on April 21, 2016. Written and directed by the legendary George C. Wolfe and masterfully choreographed by Savion Glover, this is gonna be good. get your tickets NOW!!!!!
I got to spend two beautiful weeks in Poughkeepsie at the NY Stage and Film Festival at Vassar, working on what might be the most beautiful piece I've ever done. I'm slightly obsessed with "Loving V. Virginia" - book and lyrics by my new friend, the critically acclaimed Marcus Gardley, composed by my ATL brother and Grammy award winner Justin Ellington, and directed by the wonderful Patricia McGregor. Playing Mildred Loving for 4 performances was such a gift. This show could change the world......I'm ready!!!
I had the pleasure of joining some of the most ferocious Black Women on Broadway for a fabulous shoot for BroadwayLegacy.com. The brainchild of visionary Christian Dante White and photographer Brent Dunmore, Broadway Legacy is a online catalog of art and information that celebrates African American Theatre. Check it out at www.broadwaylegacy.com !!!