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“Sunny Side Up” on Sprout, starring Emily Borromeo, Carly Ciarrocchi, Kaitlin Becker and Tim Kubart, Receives Daytime Emmy Nod for Best Pre-School Children’s Series

Emily Borromeo
Emily Borromeo

Congratulations to Emily Borromeo on her first Daytime Emmy nod as part of the “Sunny Side Up” team, which has been nominated for Best Pre-School Children’s Series, and will be competing against “Dino Dan: Trek’s Adventures,” “Mutt & Stuff,” “Sesame Street,” and “Yo Gabba Gabba!”

Kaitlin Becker, Tim Kubart, Chica, Carly Ciarrocchi, Emily Borromeo of "Sunny Side Up". Photo: Sprout
Kaitlin Becker, Tim Kubart, Chica, Carly Ciarrocchi, Emily Borromeo of “Sunny Side Up”. Photo: Sprout

Borromeo, an actor, singer and dancer, is a host of “Sunny Side Up Show” on Sprout (NBCUniversal), the first 24-hour preschool destination available on TV, on demand and online. Along with her co-host, Chica, Borromeo interacts live with preschoolers and their families across the country as she shares daily birthday greetings, viewer-submitted crafts, fun facts and weekly themes ranging from colors, numbers and letters to manners, gardening and pets. Borromeo debuted as a host on “Sunny Side Up” in June 2014.

“Sunny Side Up” airs Monday – Friday 9 a.m.-noon ET. Along with Borromeo and Chica, “Sunny Side Up,” stars Carly Ciarrocchi, Kaitlin Becker and Tim Kubart. The show is co-executive produced by Andrew Beecham, Meredith Halpern-Ranzer and Jeremy Wintroub; with supervising producers Ed Pokropski, Kristen McGregor, and features music by Tim Burns. The series is produced by Sprout and is part of Children’s Network LLC, a division of NBCUniversal.

Originally from Los Altos, California, Borromeo has been singing since the age of three when her favorite movies included The Wizard of Oz and Singing in the Rain. Since then, Borromeo has gone on to become a lead soloist on NBC’s a cappella competition, “The Sing Off,” and perform in many off Broadway shows and new musicals. Borromeo is also a member of America’s Sweethearts, a vintage music entertainment group.

From May 6 – May 28, you can catch Borromeo as Marcy Park in The Astoria Performing Arts Center (APAC) production of the award-winning musical THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE, directed by APAC Artistic Director Dev Bondarin.  Click here for more information.

Borromeo recently came out to support her pals lyricist Benjamin Halstead and composer Garth Kravits at the TUNE IN TIME Musical Theater Game Show at the York Theatre, when Halstead and Kravits were paired together to create an original song in 20 minutes for a new musical, and ultimately won.

Benjamin Halstead, Emily Borromeo and Garth Kravits and TUNE IN TIME at the York Theatre in New York on March 14, 2016. Photo by Lia Chang
Benjamin Halstead, Emily Borromeo and Garth Kravits and TUNE IN TIME at the York Theatre in New York on March 14, 2016. Photo by Lia Chang

Borromeo performed a duet with Garth Kravits of his new original song “That Man” from M: The Musical. 

Emily Borromeo performs a duet with Garth Kravits of his new original song “That Man” from M: THE MUSICAL at TUNE IN TIME at York Theatre in New York on March 14, 2016. Photo by Lia Chang
Emily Borromeo performs a duet with Garth Kravits of his new original song “That Man” from M: THE MUSICAL at TUNE IN TIME at York Theatre in New York on March 14, 2016. Photo by Lia Chang

Garth Kravits and Benjamin Halstead win TUNE IN TIME Musical Theater Song Writing Competition at The York Theatre

In addition to being a host on “Sunny Side Up,” Borromeo’s love of working with kids and her passion for the arts have led her to volunteer as an actor and teaching assistant for “Story Pirates,” a non-profit arts organization that promotes creative writing skills, confident self-expression, and literacy to kids of all ages.

Emily Borromeo and Enrico Rodriguez. Photo by Lia Chang
Emily Borromeo and Enrico Rodriguez. Photo by Lia Chang

Borromeo graduated from Brown University, where she earned a B.A. in Entrepreneurship and Organizational Studies.

www.emilyborromeo.com

The Daytime Emmy Awards ceremony is set for May 1 at the Westin Bonaventure hotel in downtown Los Angeles. The Creative Arts kudos will be handed out April 29 at the Bonaventure. The 43rd Annual Daytime Emmy Award Nominations were announced on the Emmy-winning show, “The Talk,” on CBS.

The Daytime Emmy Awards recognize outstanding achievement in all fields of daytime television production and are presented to individuals and programs broadcast from 2:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. during the 2015 calendar year.

The Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards gala, honors the more than 65 craft categories behind the many shows that grace the Daytime genre.

The 43rd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards is a presentation of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

A full list of all nominees in all categories can be downloaded at  www.emmyonline.tv.

About The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) is a professional service organization dedicated to the advancement of the arts and sciences of television and the promotion of creative leadership for artistic, educational and technical achievements within the television industry. It recognizes excellence in television with the coveted Emmy® Award for News & Documentary, Sports, Daytime Entertainment, Daytime Creative Arts & Entertainment, Public & Community Service, and Technology & Engineering. NATAS membership consists of more than 15,000 broadcast and media professionals represented in 19 regional chapters across the country. Beyond awards, NATAS has extensive educational programs including Regional Student Television and its Student Award for Excellence for outstanding journalistic work by high school students, as well as scholarships, publications, and major activities for both industry professionals and the viewing public.

Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits
Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang is an award-winning filmmaker, a Best Actress nominee, a photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek, which will screen at the Disorient Film Festival in Eugene Oregon in April. She is profiled in Examiner.comJade Magazine and Playbill.com.

Click here for the Lia Chang Articles Archive and here for the Lia Chang Photography Website.

All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2016 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 lia@liachangphotography.com

TUNE IN TIME Returns to York Theatre Company on Mar. 14

Emily McNamara. Photo by Lia Chang
Emily McNamara. Photo by Lia Chang

The York Theatre Company (James Morgan, Producing Artistic Director; Evans Haile, Interim Executive Director) welcomes the return engagement of the game show for musical theater lovers called Tune in Time, presented by Amy Engelhardt and Heather Shields, with an evening celebrating Broadway’s Online/Internet Showstoppers on Monday, March 14, 2016 beginning at 7:30 p.m. at The York Theatre Company at Saint Peter’s (Citicorp Building, entrance on East 54th Street, just east of Lexington Avenue).

Garth Kravits. Photo by Lia Chang
Garth Kravits. Photo by Lia Chang

The March installment, hosted by Emily McNamara, with guest Musical Director Brad Simmons and guest Timekeeper Peter Michael Marino, celebrates the Broadway’s Online/Internet Showstoppers.

Laura Heywood. Photo by Lia Chang
Laura Heywood. Photo by Lia Chang

The line-up of songwriters includes returning champions Lisa DeSpain (Storyville), Garth Kravits (a cappella band the House Jacks), and Sarah Ziegler (The Hair Song), who will be joined by Kate Chadwick (Turn Out) and the team of Nikko Benson and Benjamin Halstead (Nikola Tesla Drops the Beat), who will be split up for the evening. Nikko Benson is a recipient of the 2016 Jonathan Larson Award.

The panel of judges will include internet celebrities Laura Heywood (@BroadwayGirlNYC) and the hosts of the Ensemblist podcast, Nikka Graff Lanzarone and Mo Brady. The attendees-and participants-are encouraged to leave their devices on during the performance and update their Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and whatever other social media outlets have been invented over the past few months.

Mo Brady and Nikka Graff Lanzarone
Mo Brady and Nikka Graff Lanzarone

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 Timefeatures 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.).

In May, Tune in Time celebrates-we hope-the return of warmer weather and skimpier clothing when Nick Cearley and Lauren Molina, from the popular performance group The Skivvies, will be joined by their Tony Award-winning pal Daisy Eagan (The Secret Garden) to make up the panel of celebrity judges. Writers will include Adam Overett (My Life Is a Musical), Teresa Lotz (She Calls Me Firefly), and others to be announced shortly. The May installment will be presented on Monday, May 9, 2016 beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Previous winners have included Meghan Kelleher and Adam Spiegel for the jazz-inflected title song from Ethiopia Rocks!; 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; Jordan Mann and Landon Braverman for their love anthem, “Retweeter” from the disco-era musical, The Capricious Hashtag (anachronism be damned); Bill Nelson and Brad Simmons for their original song “Kiss Her” from the fictional The Slighted Hickey, à la Jason Robert Brown; and Lisa DeSpain and Sarah Ziegler for their selection from the nonexistent new multi-culturally themed musical, The Chatty Apple. Earlier champions include David Gomez and Zach Redler, Kellen Blair and Dave Christensen, David Sisco and Kate Anderson, Dan McKenzie and Ben Wexler, Erik Jareth Ransom and Clay Zambo, and Avi Amon and Robbie Torres.

Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits
Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang is an award-winning filmmaker, a Best Actress nominee, a photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek, which will screen at The Women’s Film Festival 2016 in Philadelphia on March 13th and the Disorient Film Festival in Eugene Oregon in April. She is profiled in Examiner.comJade Magazine and Playbill.com.

Click here for the Lia Chang Articles Archive and here for the Lia Chang Photography Website.

All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2016 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 lia@liachangphotography.com