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TUNE IN TIME Returns to York Theatre Company Tomorrrow

The York Theatre Company and producers Amy Engelhardt and Heather Shields, will present the May installment of the new game show for musical theater lovers called Tune in Time, hosted by Emily McNamara. Musical Director Nate Buccieri and annoyingly insistent timekeeper Sheila Head rejoin the company on Tuesday, May 5, 2015 beginning at 7:30 p.m. at The York Theatre Company at Saint Peters (Citicorp Building, entrance on East 54th Street, just east of Lexington Avenue).

In this "Musical Theater Olympics," three teams of composers and lyricists who have never worked together are forced to collaborate - and to beat the clock. Their task? They must write a song for a new Broadway musical, the title of which is picked from a hatful of audience suggestions - and in a style determined by a spin of the dreaded Genre Wheel - all within 20 minutes! Tune in Time is an evening of edge-of-your-seat suspense, brain-frying bravery, and musical theatre magnificence. Each edition of Tune in Time features a different roster of musical theater composers and lyricists as well as a panel of celebrity judges.

Songwriters confirmed for May 5th include lyricists Alan Gordon (Kleban Award for The Usual), Kathryn Hathaway (Afterland), Bill Nelson (Harmony, Kansas) and composers Rachel Peters (curator of Cornelia Street Café's Otherwise Unsung series), Brad Simmons (musical director of Broadway's Lysistrata Jones), and Benjamin Velez (Pain in the Aztec). The panel of illustrious celebrity judges will be producer Ken Davenport (Altar Boyz), casting director Michael Cassara (NYMF, A Time for Singing at the York) and performer Rachel Rhodes-Devey (Merrily We Roll Along at APAC).

General Admission tickets for Tune in Time are priced at $20 and can be purchased online at www.yorktheatre.com, or by visiting the York Theatre Company Box Office (Citicorp Building, entrance on East 54th Street, just east of Lexington Avenue), or by calling the Box Office at (212) 935-5820 during regular business hours (Monday through Friday, 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.).

Songwriting winners from the April installment were Lisa DeSpain and Sarah Ziegler for their selection from the (fictional) new multi-culturally themed musical, The Chatty Apple

Previous songwriting winners have included David Gomez and Zach Redler for their original song, "Too Soon," from the fictional Jason Robert Brown musical, The Gassy Breakthrough that did the opposite of stinking up the joint; Kellen Blair and Dave Christensen for the title song from from the fictional 50s/60s throwback musical The High-Octane Chola; David Sisco and Kate Anderson for their stunning duet from the mock operetta, The Moist Aardvark; Dan McKenzie and Ben Wexler for the love duet from the faux Disney musical, The Sticky Snake; Erik Jareth Ransom (two-time champ) and Clay Zambo for their song from the imagined historical epic The Hairy Ebola; and Avi Amon and Robbie Torres for the Disney-style musical The Lovely Piano.

For additional information, please visit the website at www.yorktheatre.org.


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