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May 6, 2018

If you are interested in participating in this upcoming event by performing or making
an auction donation, please contact Pamela at Pamela.Crum@magicalmusic.org.
We are now accepting requests and auction items.
Monetary donations can be made at the red button below.



(See thank yous at bottom of page)


Sunday, May 6, 2018 at 10:00 - 6:00
Broadway Pedestrian Plaza between 46th & 47th


Magical Music for Life Foundation is thrilled to present its 7th annual TUNES IN TIMES SQUARE benefit concert Sunday, May 6, 2018 on Broadway between 46th & 47th Streets in Times Square. In keeping with our mission to better the lives of children through the use of music, the purpose of this concert is to introduce our free water safety album songs, foster awareness of our music and touring shows for children, and to raise financial support for our ongoing outreach and production of free music for children with autism and special needs.

The event will be a continuous sing-a-thon, where preselected, talented children and groups from the tri-state area will join the Magical Music singing groups taking turns singing from 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. raising money from pledges and donations. There will be performances by over 60 Broadway adult and child actors, as well as performances from select Magical Music musicals.

At the event there will be many exciting items in the auction & raffle, including tickets to Broadway shows / other events many with backstage tours and signed memorabilia, travel, dining, unique & autographed items, etc. TUNES shirts will be available. Donations will be gladly accepted at TUNES IN TIMES SQUARE or www.magicalmusic.org.

Find out who is coming >>

See schedule for the day>>
To see the TUNES brochure >>
To see photos from past years >>

How can you help Magical Music for Life produce and distribute this much needed music to those who want and need it for free? 

In part TUNES IN TIMES SQUARE’s mission is being funded by pledges and donations.  As participants in the sing-a-thon, the singers and dancers are collecting pledges.  Also, Magical Music for Life is collecting general donations.  If you would like to make a donation to support a specific singer in their pledge efforts or a general donation to Magical Music, please click one of two buttons below to make a credit card donation.  Check donations can be mailed to Magical Music for Life, P. O. Box 804, New Canaan, CT  06840.  All donations will be greatly appreciated.

Make a pledge for a specific singer here:   General Donations:


Another way to help is to bid on our fantastic auction items and to buy raffle tickets.  We have amazing opportunities for bidding and winning – signed memorabilia, tickets with backstage visits, trips offering great experiences, dining, and much more.  Most of the auction items will be available for bidding online before the event with the final bids the day of TUNES IN TIMES SQUARE.  Raffle tickets can be purchased either online in advance or at TUNES.  

To get more information about and preview the auction and raffle >>



Clip AIt is impossible to express how thankful we are to all of you who participated in making this an amazing event this year … despite the “iffy” weather!  However, we will try with the following SHOUT OUT list below (in no particular order).   (Thank yous to the youth performers and groups include the parents too.)  THANK YOU to …

  • All the performers – returning and new – professional and amateur!  You provided your own sunshine when it rained and everyone shined throughout the day.  Your spirit was infectious.  It is always amazing to us that despite the weather or distance (this year many of you coming from Colorado, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and West Virginia), you show what it means that “the show must go on!”
  • We missed the two of you who were sick and could not make it.  Hope you are well now and to see you next year.
  • NCDA – Thank you for your financial and spirited support in spite of the fact that your dance troupe could not perform.  See you in 2018.
  • Alex Curtis (doing two numbers from his show CHALK) and Bronwyn Tarboton who both signed on at the “last minute” to fill an unexpected gap.
  • Our volunteer coordinators, Connie Piotroski and Liz Keogh, who organized the volunteers for the day.
  • Clip BLaura Badaracco for helping with logistics.
  • Robin Guynn’s help with the bio cards and her family’s amazing efforts with clean up and haul away after the event.
  • Mindy Poon for helping me before the event and as our Broadway stage tent coordinator for both shifts at TUNES.
  • All the volunteers who worked the day of the event.  We especially appreciate all those who came to help set up and broke down – these are not the fun jobs, but so needed.
  • Carter Norton for her help with the TUNES “to do” list items and running the performance / stage aspect of the event.
  • Samantha O’Brien for volunteering all day to help with the music and keep things running smoothly.
  • Gary Vorwald for volunteering to take photos all day – rain or shine – and posting the photos for everyone to have for free.
  • Clip CJason Sommers – our amazing emcee – along with the cast members from Magical Music’s The Adventures of Zak.
  • Jay Morascini for joining us every year to do the sound and stage.
  • The Magical Music Two Little Snowflakes, A Day in the Life of a Child Troupe, and Magical Music Singers.
  • Our water safety song singers who performed frequently during the day.
  • Don Rickenback and Carter Norton for their preparation with the different Magical Music singing groups.
  • The American Swiss Ballet – a welcome new addition.
  • Joe Baker and the Broadway Youth Ensemble – great to have you at TUNES again.
  • Lorah Haskins for her rehearsal space and bringing The Studio singers.
  • Our “expert” tent set-up team – P. J. and Zak Tokash.
  • The A Bronx Tale cast & “crew” and Chazz Palminteri for making a special appearance.
  • Kathryn Crum who did the social media for our event and worked the auction tent all day in addition to singing.
  • National Charity League for blowing up and bagging the balloons.
  • Everyone who picked up and drove in balloons and boxes – Zibby Perkins, Liz Keogh, the D’Onofrios, Tracie Curcio, and John Crum (who also drove back into NYC to take boxes back to CT).
  • Joseph Baker, Monica & Gaby Bradbury, Tracy Butler, Annie Chun, Josh Franklin, Lorah Haskins, Jodi Loverro, Corey Mach, Matt Melucci, Kim & Jim Moye, Jim Musante, Samantha O’Brien, Gianna Palminteri, Don Rickenback, the Turchins, and Gary Vorwald for recommending performers.
  • Everyone who “advertised” the event on their social media, etc., as well as, encouraged donations to be made and friends to come.
  • Everyone who pledged individually and as a group, including the Broadway performers who donated pledges and/or merchandise for the auction/raffle and in some cases bid on the items.
  • All of the contributors during and after TUNES IN TIMES SQUARE.
  • All those who bid on the auction.

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  • Our generous auction and raffle donors, including:
    • Disney
    • LEROS Point-to-Point
    • Total Wine & More
    • Fairway Market
    • Vineyard Vines
    • Just Shades
    • Gotham Dream Cars
    • The Poon Family
    • The Bin family
    • Dina & Shahadi Wright-Joseph and Lia Neal
    • Maria Mendoza Smith and the Mendoza family (Hotel Marseille, South Beach, Florida)
    • Broadway Theater - The School of Rock, CATS, Sunset Boulevard, Cagney, Cate Elefante and Waitress, Colin Ryan from Dear Evan Hansen, Giuseppe Bausilio from Hello, Dolly!, Jed Resnick and Avenue Q, Jonathan Freeman from Aladdin, Josh Franklin, The Palminteris with A Bronx Tale, Lilyana Cornell from Everybody, Matt Melucci, Mehret Marsh from The Lion King, Mia Gentile and Kinky Boots, Preston Boyd from Sunset Boulevard, Tari Kelly from On Groundhog Day!, the Poon family from The King and I, Annie Chun and The School of Rock: The Musical performers, Timothy Yang from The King and I, Zach Thomas from The Lion King, and … Mckayla Twiggs and Nicole Scimeca from Anastasia.
    • In Fairfield & Westchester Counties - Badaracco Plumbing, Baldanza, The Beach Corner, BMW of Darien, Ching’s Table, Copia Home & Garden, Fjord Fish Market, Gofer Ice Cream, Harry’s Wine and Liquor, Healthfare, Ladd Design, La Vista Ristorante Italiano, Le Pain Quotidien, Locali, New Canaan Diner, New Canaan Olive Oil Company, Pennyweights, Pinocchio Pizza, Ridgefield Playhouse,  Salon 5 East, Sandy’s Hair Studio, Solé Ristorante, State of the Art Cleaners, The Studio, That Personal Touch, True Grace Spa, and Walter Stewart’s Market
    • In New York City - 54 Below, Bâtard Tribeca, David Bouley and Brushstroke Restaurant, Chez Josephine, Ellen’s Stardust Café, The Greenwich Hotel, Il Mulino, New York Broadway Tours, New York Rangers, Restaurant Marc Forgione, and VYNL
    • In Saratoga Springs - National Museum of Dance, Saratoga Performing Arts Center, and Saratoga Tea and Honey Company
    • Our anonymous Magical Music family donors