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New Canaan Teen Ready To Sing in Times Square

NEW CANAAN, Conn. – Megan Mistretta enjoys being on stage and singing songs from Broadway shows. This Sunday, the New Canaan High School sophomore will be belting out some classic tunes in front of a rather large audience - Midtown Manhattan.

“I’m nervous, but I’m really excited,” said Megan, 16, one of more than 150 young singers taking part in the first-ever Tunes In Times Square event.

The sing-a-thon, taking place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., is being organized by Magical Music for Life, a New Canaan-based charitable group working to assist children with autism and other special needs. Several Broadway veterans will also perform on the stage, between 46th and 47th streets near the TKTS booth.

Along with belting out favorite Broadway tunes, the singers will also collect donations to be used to produce an album of songs focusing on the day in the life of a child, to assist children in stimulating speech, motor and social schools. The sing-a-thon will also feature a raffle for Broadway show tickets, backstage tours and signed items.

Carter Norton, president and founder of Magical Music For Life, said the singers, many of whom have stage experience and aspire to perform on Broadway, can’t wait. “I could take five of the kids and they would take every time slot and sing all day,” she said. “They are really looking forward to the opportunity to sing in Times Square in the heart of New York City."

Megan is worried about the rainfall in the forecast, but she’s anxious to sing. “I had no idea I’d do something like this,” she said. “It’s a great opportunity to show your talents and promote something so amazing.”

New Canaan's Kathryn Crum, 18, a senior at the Harvey School in Katonah, N.Y., said she's equally excited to be part of it. "I think it will be a bit of a challenge with all noise going on outside, but if you can get the attention of a few people, it’s worth it," Crum said. 

This will be Magical Music for Life’s third benefit concert featuring hundreds of young singers. It hosted benefit concerts in past years to assist Habitat For Humanity’s Hurricane Katrina relief fund and Stand Up To Cancer.

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