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TUNE IN TIME, New York's New Musical Theater Songwriting Challenge Show, Returns to Stage 72 Tonight

June 25
12:30 AM 2014

TUNE IN TIME, New York's New Musical Theater Songwriting Challenge Show, Returns to Stage 72 TonightAfter a successful launch with two shows / competitions in April, New York City's exciting, new musical theater songwriting challenge, TUNE IN TIME, returns to Stage 72 (The Triad) tonight, June 25 and Tuesday, July 1 at 9 pm.

A new roster of great up and coming musical theater--six composers and six lyricists-is ready to take on the challenge of writing a song from a musical whose title is, literally, picked from a hat in the style determined by a spin of The Dreaded Genre Wheel. Will it be a historical epic? Something á la Rodgers & Hammerstein? Experimental? Or even [insert name of large theme-park owning mega-corporation-turned-Broadway-megalopolis here]? Oh . . . and they have just 20 minutes to do it.

TUNE IN TIME is produced by MAC Songwriting Award-winner Amy Engelhardt, (formerly of Grammy-nominated vocal band, The Bobs) and Heather Shields, co-founder of While We Wait Productions. "Tune in Time is a great combination of theater experience and performance instinct, but in this show it's the writers, not the actors who will dare to live at the lip of their creativity," says Engelhardt. "It's serious fun; you've got to trust your instincts and commit 300 percent. Often, they come up with entire plots to justify the songs they write. TUNE IN TIME is unpredictable, egoless and above all, funny. I can't wait to hear what comes out of these minds and fingers!"

TUNE IN TIME, New York's New Musical Theater Songwriting Challenge Show, Returns to Stage 72 TonightBrave musical theater writers Britt Bonney, Erik Jareth Ransom, Julia Meinwald, Garth Kravits, Claire Fornarola and one of the champions from the April 2014 run of TUNE IN TIME, David Ingber, will step up to the musical plate on June 25. On July 1, Natalie Lovejoy, Kevin Hammonds, Pamela Grayson, William TN Hall, Matt Patrick Walsh and Alexander Oyen are scheduled to jump in. Celebrity judges for the evening will include Broadway and cabaret writers, producers and performers.

TUNE IN TIME is hosted (at right) by 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) tickles and pounds the ivories.

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

Stage 72 is at: 158 W 72nd Street, NYC. For tickets, go to:

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Stephen Hanks During more than 30 years as a magazine publisher/editor/writer 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. From 2010 to mid-2014, he served as the first Board President of Manhattan Musical Theatre Lab, which workshops new musicals in New York City (he is now a member of the MMTL Advisory Board. Stephen is also 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. In 2013-14, Stephen 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:

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