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May 30, 2006

Group Licenses Name to Universal Pictures for “The Break Up”

Press Release

On June 2, Universal Studios will release "The Break Up," starring Jennifer Aniston and Vince Vaughn. While movie-goers across the nation will focus on the on-screen romance between the film’s co-stars, a cappella fans in and around the nation’s capital will be keeping their eyes and ears on the Tone Rangers, a fictionalized singing group inspired by Washington's own Tone Rangers, a men's octet.

“Film credits routinely state that similarities between real people and those depicted in film are coincidental. But that was not the case with the Tone Rangers,” said manager/tenor Gil Keteltas. “Two years ago, screenwriter Jeremy Garelick wrote to us saying he had wanted to make a movie about a singing group since his days at Yale, and his research brought him to the Tone Rangers,” Keteltas said. The Tone Rangers worked out a licensing deal with Universal that allows the group’s name to be used on screen. Previews suggest Hollywood has taken liberties with its version of the Tone Rangers, clothing the group in over-the-top Western wear, complete with holsters and cap-guns. “Happily, our Hollywood alter-egos share our serious interest in cutting-edge, humorous, vocal arrangements of popular songs from past decades,” Keteltas said.

The Tone Rangers – composed of area professionals including a lawyer, two lobbyists, and a college dean – were founded twenty years ago by alumni of Cornell University's Hangovers. This award-winning group delights audiences from coast to coast with its dynamic blend of tight harmonies, inventive arrangements and keen wit. National finalists in the 2002 Harmony Sweepstakes (the Superbowl of a cappella), the Tone Rangers are also three-time winners of Mid-Atlantic "Audience Favorite" and "Best Arrangement" awards.

Posted by acapnews at May 30, 2006 10:46 PM