New Competitors Announced for TUNE IN TIME, New York's Exciting Musical Theater Songwriting Challenge at Stage 72, 4/14


New Competitors Announced for TUNE IN TIME, New York's Exciting Musical Theater Songwriting Challenge at Stage 72, 4/14

What happens when a composer and a lyricist have to write a song for a new musical (invented on the spot), in a style determined by the spin of the dreaded Genre Wheel... IN 20 MINUTES? Brainfrying fun!

Brave musical theater composers and lyricists David Ingber, Erin Hill, Jack Lechner, James Harvey, Kristin Bair and Rosemary Loar will step up to the songwriting plate on April 14 at 7pm at Stage 72 (The Triad). Last week, Drew Fornarola and Adam Spiegel's hysterical number from the "world culture" style musical, "The Wonky Barack Obama" won TUNE IN TIME - much to the chagrin of other world leaders. They narrowly edged out "The Rusty Zord," A Les Miz-style historical epic penned by Dan Wolpow and Kevin Ray.

Celebrity judges for the April 14 show will be award-winning composer/lyricist Adam Gwon, Award-winning cabaret performer Terese Genecco and comedienne Katina Corrao. TUNE IN TIME is hosted by club and cabaret uberhost Emily McNamara (The Chocolate Show, NEWSical, Getting the Band Back Together). Acclaimed musical director Nate Buccieri (Brandy's, The Duplex, Don't Tell Mama) handles piano duties. TUNE IN TIME also features improv comedy veterans Sheila Head and Jordan Houghton.

But the true stars of the evening will be the brains of the writers. Can they write a TUNE IN TIME?

For tickets, go to: For more information, contact Producers Amy Engelhardt or Heather Shields at:

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Stephen Hanks During more than 30 years as a magazine editor/writer, website writer, and book author for a variety of national magazines and websites, Stephen Hanks has written about sports, health and nutrition, parenting, politics, the media, and most recently, musical theater, and cabaret. While by day, Stephen is the Advertising Sales Director for Habitat Magazine (a publication covering life in New York Metro area co-ops and condos), by night he writes reviews and columns about New York City cabaret for Stephen also writes feature stories about cabaret for Cabaret Scenes Magazine and He is also the Board President of Manhattan Musical Theatre Lab, which workshops new musicals in New York City, and he is the founder, producer and director of the Broadway Musical Fantasy Camp, which is a workshop for amateur performers that rehearses and presents staged readings of classic Broadway Musicals. In 2011, Stephen was an Associate Producer for the Off-Broadway show THE FARTISTE. Stephen most recently staged his debut solo cabaret show, "Beyond American Pie: The Don McLean Songbook" at the Metropolitan Room in New York. Please contact Stephen with your comments and questions at: