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Tuck In With A Tasty Post-Thanksgiving Treat at York Theatre Company's TUNE IN TIME

The York Theatre Company welcomes a special tasty post-Thanksgiving treat with the November installment of the game show for musical theater lovers, Tune in Time, presented by Amy Engelhardt and Heather Shields, hosted by Emily McNamara, with Musical Director Nate Buccieri and annoyingly insistent timekeeper Sheila Head, with celebrity judges from the York Theatre Company's new hit musical A Taste of Things to Come: composer Debra Barsha (Radiant Baby), Abby O'Brien (Associate Choreographer), and producer Staci Levine (The Last Two People on Earth: An Apocalyptic Vaudeville), with a third company member to be announced.

The show will take place on Monday evening, November 28, 2016 beginning at 7:00 p.m. at The York Theatre Company at Saint Peter's (Citicorp Building, entrance on East 54th Street, just east of Lexington Avenue).

November's songwriters list includes returning champions Avi Amon (The White City), DrewFornarola (Super Claudio Bros.), and Clay Zambo (Modern Living), with newcomers Amanda D'Archangelis (Blatantly Blaine), Billy Recce (former York Intern; Balloon Boy: The Musical) and Alex Rubin (Dust and Ash).

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.

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.).

Previous winners have included Jimmy Fisher and Derek P. Hassler for the imaginary children's musical The Sprouting Tortoise; Rebekah M. Allen and Jonathon Lynch for "Everything I Do (Makes People Cry)" from the nonexistent kids' show The Dancing Onion; Benjamin Halstead and Garth Kravits with the disturbing, experimental Alpaca Farm-RUN!; Meghan Kelleher and Adam Spiegel for the jazz-inflected title song from Ethiopia Rocks!; and Christiana Cole and Joe Kinosian for their experimental assault on the inside of the piano, the outside of the proscenium, and the concept of luncheon meat from The Sweating Smörgåsbord

The next installment of Tune in Time will take place on Monday, December 12th and will drive a wedge down the centers of three writing teams: Jill Abramovitz and Brad Alexander, Michele Foor and Frank Spitznagel, and Rick Bassett and Jessica Fleitman. Celebrity judges for that evening will be announced soon.

The York Theatre Company is the only theater in New York City-and one of very few in the world-dedicated to developing and fully producing new musicals and preserving neglected, notable shows from the past. For over four decades, York's intimate, imaginative style of producing both original and classic musicals has resulted in critical acclaim and recognition from artists and audiences alike. Under the guidance of Producing Artistic Director James Morgan since 1997, the York has focused on new musicals in its Mainstage Series-most of them world, American, or New York premieres-by some of the field's most esteemed creators, and has also helped launch the careers of many talented new writers. Over 35 cast recordings from York Theatre Company productions are now available on CD, including its acclaimed revival of Closer Than Ever (2013 Off-Broadway Alliance Award for Best Revival); commercial transfers of such York premieres as The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!), Souvenir (Tony Award Nomination for actress Judy Kaye), and Jolson & Company, and revivals of Pacific Overtures and Sweeney Todd (four Tony Nominations including Best Revival) have all showcased the importance of the York and its programs. Recent hits have included Rothschild and Sons, Plaid Tidings and Cagney, which is currently running at the Westside Theatre starring Robert Creighton as James Cagney and members of the original York Cast.


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