Rita has contributed much more to the Marin musical community. Her career in writing music and lyrics included children's records and novelty songs, many in collaboration with Dr. Elmo , commercials and greeting cards. She won a national Emmy in 1980 for writing the music for “I Want It All Now,” a documentary about life in Marin County, a regional Emmy in 1992 for “Classic Stories for Children,” and three San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Awards for her musical comedy collaborations. In 1981 she published a book, “At Your Age Your Having a What? The Advantages of Middle-Aged Motherhood.”
The award presentation also showcased musical comedy soloists Julie Ekoue-Totou and Joe Osborn as they perform two of Ms. Abrams' inimitable songs.