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York Theatre Company's Third Installment of TUNE IN TIME Set for Tomorrow

The York Theatre Company, dedicated to the development of new musicals and preserving musical gems from the past, partners with producers Amy Engelhardt and Heather Shields to present the third installment of the new game show for musical theater lovers called Tune in Time, hosted by Emily McNamara, music direction by Nate Buccieri, with Sheila Head as the annoyingly insistent timekeeper, on Tuesday, November 11 at The York Theatre Company's home at Saint Peters (Citicorp Building, entrance on East 54th Street, just east of Lexington Avenue). The fourth and final installment in the 2014 series is set for Tuesday, December 2. All performances begin at 7:30 p.m.

Songwriters confirmed for the "third game show" include Seth Christenfeld, Sarah Ellis, Pamela Weiler Grayson, Dan Mckenzy, Joy Son, and Ben Wexler. Celebrity judges include David Glenn Armstrong, musical director Micah Young and Erin Moore, Executive Director of the Astoria Performing Arts Center.

In this "musical theater Olympics," Tune in Time brings together three teams of composers and lyricists who have never worked together - who must now collaborate to beat the clock! Their task is to write a song for a new Broadway musical, the title of which is picked from a hatful of audience suggestions, 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 Broadway trivia. Each edition features a different roster of musical theater composers and lyricists as well as a panel of celebrity judges who award points based on specific criteria (use of title, adherence to genre and whether they actually wrote a tune in time). Trivia questions also give the contestants an opportunity to earn more points. The final overall score determines the winner.

Songwriting winners for the 'second game show" held on October 28 were (two-time champ) Erik Jareth Ransom and Clay Zambo who won for their song from the (faux) historical epic musical, The Hairy Ebola that narrowly edged out David Ingber and Blake Pfeil's 50's/60's throwback tune from the (faux) musical, Phantasmagorical Subway. Honorable mention went to Lauren Kleinbaum and Adam Spiegel's song, "Lumbering Hippopotamus" in the style of Jason Robert Brown Broadway that rocked the house.

Past songwriters who participated in the 'first game show' installment held on October 14 included James Ballard, Zoe Sarnak, Benny Gammerman, James Harvey, Robbie Torres and Avi Amon. The winning team was Mr. Amon and Mr. Torres for their original song written for the (faux) Disney musical, The Lovely Piano.

"A triumph! A rollicking celebration of words and music that skips briskly along the path that wends from the hilarious to the sublime." - Big Yellow Taxi

General Admission tickets 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.).

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


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