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The Westbury Times - Schools

Manhattan Dolls Shine

Fundraiser brings alum back to the Carle Place stage

Carle Place High School alum Annemarie Rosano remembers fondly her days performing on the Carle Place High School stage. She was an active part of the drama department, acting in numerous plays and taking on lead roles in productions of My Fair Lady and West Side Story. 


Nowadays, as a member of the Manhattan Girls, a swing style vocal group, her audiences are bigger and her stage could be anywhere from Arizona, to England, to the middle of the ocean on a cruise ship. Rosano recently returned to the

Carle Place stage for the first time in 12 years, as part of a benefit fundraiser. 


The Manhattan Dolls is comprised of 11 talented female vocalists, who travel the world, performing songs of the 40s, 50s, and 60s. Modeled after the The Andrews Sisters and USO camp shows that were popularized during World War II, the Dolls perform in trios for many veterans and active duty soldiers. 


“It’s special to say thank you to them and to know you’re making a difference with your art,” Rosano said. 


Rosano has been around theater her whole life. She starred in her first play when she was just nine years old and was always on the set, since her mom was actively involved in community theater. 


“I don’t have memories of not being around the theater,” Rosano says. 


While at Carle Place High School, Rosano says she was “active in everything” including the Tri-M Honor Society (of which she was the president), orchestra, chorus and theater department. She quickly became a familiar face on the Carle

Place High School stage, playing Maria in a production of West Side Story and Eliza in My Fair Lady, as well as acting in Anything Goes, Blood Brothers, Bye Bye Birdie, and numerous other performances.  


After graduating, Rosano went on to New York University where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Vocal Performance. She spent two years performing with the Walt Disney Company, on cruise lines and then at Walt Disney World. Rosano then auditioned for the Manhattan Dolls and is now going into her fourth year with the troupe. 


Rosano has always been captivated by the 1940s, 50s, and 60s, saying she loves the romanticism and camaraderie of that time period. This love was fostered at an early age, since she grew up watching movies of the 40s to 60s with her grandmother.  


The Manhattan Dolls gives Rosano a connection to the decades she loves so much, as she sings songs like “My Girl,” “In The Mood,” and “My Boyfriend’s Back” in dresses reminiscent of that time period.    


“We wanted to preserve and honor the traditions of how it was done (back then),” Rosano said. “We want to do it as traditionally as people did in that time, and share what we believe is the magic of the history of that time period.” 


The Dolls have been all over the world and on television, including a Memorial Day show on Fox and Friends and Christmas Eve performance on Rachel Ray. Rosano has also been in commercials for CarMax and Cortizone.


Proceeds from last Friday night’s performance went toward helping Carle Place student, Nicole Buttino, who was diagnosed with Goodpasture Syndrome earlier this year. The rare auto immune disease causes rapid destruction of the kidneys and lungs. Buttino is currently in remission and on a kidney transplant list.


“It’s nice to have something I can bring to benefit such a good cause,” Rosano said. 


For more information about the Manhattan Dolls visit or check out Rosano’s website at