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Creating a themed musical?

  • 1.  Creating a themed musical?

    Posted 30 days ago
    Edited by Ginny Butsch 28 days ago
    We are looking at doing a musical at the end of the year. We may be performing outside due to COVID. I am thinking about putting together  songs , monologues, and scenes around a theme.....I am me......celebrating my students talents. The question hard is this to do in regards to getting the rights for the various pieces parts?  Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Weaseley1 Weaseley1

  • 2.  RE: Creating a themed musical?

    Posted 29 days ago

    Hi Weasleley!

    im in the midst of doing a similar show. We're doing a cabaret using musical theater songs and original scenes and monologues. We selected the songs and then hired six professional playwrights to write the acting material. 

    The songs is fairly easy. MTI will rent you standalone scores and materials or you can buy sheet music from somewhere like music notes. The next step is to figure out whether ASCAP or BMI had those rights. They can give you a performance license for the musical material. I think it's called a small performance license. It's good for the year.  If you want to save money. I'd find songs that are all with one of the two agencies. Then you only need one license. 

    As for scene work. This seems to be tricky. You'd have to get an agreement with each playwright. I think many of them would be amenable to the idea, but you'll have to search and find their representation, contact them yourself, and wait for a response. This is why we decided to engage playwrights directly for née material. 

    WT McRae
    Director of Theater
    Berkeley Carroll School