Backstage Pass with Lia Chang

Jun 25: Garth Kravits, Britt Bonney, Erik Jareth Ransom, Julia Meinwald, Claire Fornarola, David Ingber Set for TUNE IN TIME at Stage 72

Garth Kravits. Photo by Lia Chang

Garth Kravits. Photo by Lia Chang

Turnpike Productions (Amy Engelhardt & Heather Shields) Presents TUNE IN TIME, New York City’s Ultimate Musical Theater Songwriting Challenge on Wednesday, June 25 and Tuesday, July 1 at Stage 72 (The Triad), 158 W 72nd Street, NYC, at 9p.m.

$10 COVER plus a two drink minimum (CASH ONLY)
Reservations strongly suggested.

Click here for tickets.

TUNE IN TIME successfully launched with two shows / competitions in April. Brave 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, 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.

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 JUNE 25 include playwright/librettist Marc Acito (Allegiance, Room with a View, How I Paid for College), and actress/singer/director Diane Phelan (Pan Asian Rep)!.

Emily McNamara hosts TUNE IN TIME at Stage 72.

Emily McNamara hosts TUNE IN TIME at Stage 72.

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 is hosted 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) will be on the keys.

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

Other Articles on Garth Kravits:
Late Night Singing with Garth Kravits at 54 Below with The Skivvies, at Jim Caruso’s Cast Party at Birdland and Michael Raye’s Soul Gathering TUNE IN TIME, New York’s New Musical Theater Songwriting Challenge Show, Returns to Stage 72, 6/25 and 7/1
Wesley Taylor and Mitchell Jarvis’ ‘it could be worse’ Series Featuring Adam Chanler-Berat, Alison Fraser, Gideon Glick and More Airs on Pivot TV in June; and on Hulu in July
June 4: Garth Kravits, Lena Hall, Lesli Margherita, Wesley Taylor and More Strip Down with The Skivvies at 54 Below
Garth Kravits, Suzzanne Douglas, Erin Dilly, Gavin Lee and More Set for “From Carousel to Kinky Boots”, Bickford Theatre Guild’s annual fundraiser
Dec. 4 – 29: Garth Kravits Returns to Bucks County Playhouse for Meet Me in St. Louis: A Live Radio Play Clang Clang Clang!’Meet Me in St. Louis’ in Bucks County
BWW Interviews: Garth Kravits Talks about Bucks County Playhouse’s MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS: A RADIO PLAY Jersey actor Garth Kravits sings the praises of appearing on Broadway and closer to home

Other articles on Meet Me in St. Louis:
Two Delaware Valley Holiday Shows Make A National Top-10 List names Bucks County Playhouse’s Meet Me in St. Louis: A Live Radio Play as One of Ten “Top Holiday Shows”, Performances through December 29, 2013
Dec. 24: Garth Kravits and Lauren Molina, Stars of Bucks County Playhouse’s Holiday Show Meet Me in St. Louis: A Live Radio Play, to Appear on Good Day Philadelphia
The Reporter: Bucks County Playhouse presents a flawless, picturesque “Meet me in St. Louis: A Live Radio Play”
The Morning Call: Bucks Playhouse’s ‘Meet me in St. Louis’ is delightfully nostalgic
New Hope Free Press: Review: ‘Meet Me In St. Louis’ At Bucks County Playhouse MEET ME IN SAINT LOUIS: A LIVE RADIO PLAY (Bucks County Playhouse): 60-second review Review: Meet Me in St. Louis, A Live Radio Play

Other articles by Lia Chang:
June 22 – July 27: Blair Underwood, Richard Thomas and Kristen Connolly Lead the Cast of The Old Globe’s Othello, helmed by Barry Edelstein 
Jun. 16: Project1Voice & NBLCA Presents Staged Reading of For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf Featuring Trazana Beverley, LaChanze, Adriane Lenox, Tonya Pinkins, Lillias White, Denise Burse Fernandez, Marva Hicks, Roslyn Ruff and More
June 13-14: Washington National Opera Presents Huang Ruo & David Henry Hwang’s An American Soldier in the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater
May 31 – June 22: Annette O’Toole Leads Cast of Wendy Wasserstein’s “Third” Helmed by Michael Cumpsty at Two River Theater Company 
May 28 – June 29: Lisa Joyce, Henry Kelemen and CJ Wilson Join Mary McCann in Atlantic Theater Company’s OUR NEW GIRL
Remembering Civil Rights Activist Yuri Kochiyama, 1921-2014
A.C.T.’s Production Photos of The Orphan of Zhao starring BD Wong, Sab Shimono, Julyana Soelistyo, Stan Egi, Orville Mendoza, Paolo Montalban and More
Bryan Cranston, Audra McDonald, Neil Patrick Harris, Jessie Mueller, Lena Hall, Sophie Okonedo, Kenny Leon, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, All The Way, A Raisin in the Sun, Hedwig and the Angry Inch and More Take Home 2014 Tony Awards
Lucille Lortel Awards for Here Lies Love, Fun Home, The Open House, Good Person of Szechwan
Branden Jacob-Jenkins’ Appropriate, Lisa Kron’s Fun Home, Sonya Tayeh, Emmanuel Brown, Mia Katigbak, K. Todd Freeman, John Earl Jelks Among 2014 OBIE Award Winners
Photos: André Braugher, Ami Brabson, Christine Toy Johnson, Antoinette LaVecchia, Richard Topol, Victor Williams, Nikkole Salter, Elizabeth Van Dyke at Oni Faida Lampley’s Tough Titty at the Paradise Factory
Signature Theatre to Be Honored with the 2014 Regional Theatre Tony Award Photos: Backstage and Opening Night of Signature’s World Premiere of David Henry Hwang’s Kung Fu
Photos: David Henry Hwang, Annie Baker and Rajiv Joseph honored at Sixth Annual Steinberg Playwright “Mimi” Awards Photos: The 58th Annual Drama Desk Awards and After Party
Crafting a Career
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Lia Chang

Lia Chang

Lia Chang is an actor, a performance and fine art botanical photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. Lia recently starred as Carole Barbara in Lorey Hayes’ Power Play at the 2013 National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem, N.C., with Pauletta Pearson Washington, Roscoe Orman, Lorey Hayes, Marcus Naylor and Phynjuar, and made her jazz vocalist debut in Rome Neal’s Banana Puddin’ Jazz “LADY” at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe in New York.  She is profiled in Jade Magazine. All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2014 Lia Chang Multimedia. All rights reserved. All materials contained on this site are protected by United States copyright law and may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed, published or broadcast without the prior written permission of Lia Chang. You may not alter or remove any trademark, copyright or other notice from copies of the content. For permission, please contact Lia at

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