Theatrical Rights Worldwide (TRW) is home to a GAME SHOW! That’s right. Now you can resolve your love of Jeopardy and the fact that you are always at rehearsal when it’s on. Based on an idea by producer Jeffrey Finn (AMERICAN IDIOT, A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE) and written by Jeffrey Finn and Bob Walton (MIDLIFE: THE CRISIS MUSICAL), GAME SHOW is a one-of-a-kind theatre experience that had a hugely successful run in New York, earning rave reviews, including this from the New York Times: “Game Show is a funny new comedy and lots of fun! It’s a cross between a quiz program and “Survivor” with more plot twists than you’ll see in a year of soaps! The surprise of the new season!” And The New York Daily News gushed, “Funny, Clever, and Totally Enjoyable! GAME SHOW works on two levels: As a scripted comedy and as an actual trivia contest that uses audience members as contestants. It will surprise and delight!”
This play-within-a-tv-show title is takes on the game show phenomenon, inviting your audience into a refreshingly fun new theatre experience. Set during a “live broadcast” of a fictional, long-running TV game show, GAME SHOW places the theater audience in the role of the TV studio audience, in which members are picked as the contestants to play the trivia-based game and win actual prizes! In addition to watching and playing during the “broadcast” – where anything can and does happen – the audience also witnesses all the backstage, back-stabbing antics “behind the scenes” that go on during the “commercial breaks” of the show.
GAME SHOW is a natural title for community and professional theatre seasons. It offers your patrons a chance to join in the fun and presents a host of not-so-subtle opportunities for sponsorships that can feature your local business partners. And your actors will find sheer delight in sinking their teeth into these delicious roles!
GAME SHOW hasn’t just charmed the notoriously hard to please NYC critics. Entertainment Weekly raved, “Winning! Limitless laughs!” And, Robert Trussell’s Kansas City Star review of The New Theatre’s November, 2011 production is typical of the kind of accolades this sassy new show garners: “…a show full of hidden jokes and multiple surprises, some of which are so effective that I dare not give them away. Suffice to say the show delights in teasing the audience and toying with the boundary between illusion and reality.”
TRW’s GAME SHOW license comes complete with a CD containing the GAME SHOW Theme Song and all SFX.
Check out these GAME SHOW productions: Click Here for Thorold Community Theatre, continuing through Nov 23rd, 2013
And Click Here for the Sault Theatre Workshop production, December 3-15, 2013
Your next step? Read a perusal copy of GAME SHOW…right now! Visit the PerusalsNOW™ Store on the TRW website and get your game on…
Selecting a season for your patrons can be tough. For producers and artistic directors the balance between trying to sell tickets and trying to offer new titles to your audiences can be tricky. TRW is championing new titles from select authors to provide access to opportunities for theatre groups at every level and in every region to challenge and delight their local patrons with exciting contemporary work.
New work can provide a fresh Off-Broadway title as a regional premiere for your theatre’s next season. Premiere status is a great marketing tool that can offset challenges in selling new shows at the box office. (You can contact your licensing representative directly to inquire about premiere status for your area for any TRW title.) Explore the TRW catalog of Off Broadway & Regional musicals and envision a season that includes a show full of songs and characters new to your patrons and artists, with a contemporary voice for today’s developing theatre audience. A show like FALLING FOR EVE…
From prolific pens of Joe DiPietro (ALL SHOOK UP, MEMPHIS, I LOVE YOU YOU’RE PERFECT NOW CHANGE), David Howard (Galaxy Quest, CHANGING MINDS) and Bret Simmons (CHANGING MINDS, The Megan Mullally Show), comes an irresistible tale as old as time…FALLING FOR EVE. This delightful tuner is a new take on creation featuring a bright, tight and very upbeat pop-musical theatre score, matched with a very innovative book’s look at Adam, Eve, God and the Garden.
FALLING FOR EVE begins…in the beginning. The very beginning. Creation is going exactly according to plan: Eve, curious about what lies beyond the garden, and positively perplexed with the idea of something that’s forbidden, eats the apple. Then Adam…doesn’t. Eden, we have a problem. How exactly God is going to get his children together so they can create the human race is anybody’s guess. At times hilarious, at times poignant, FALLING FOR EVE is an unconventional retelling of the world’s first love story. Filled with unexpected twists and turns, the first couple doesn’t get to happily ever after until they finally realize that paradise isn’t a place at all. As Adam ultimately tells Eve, “Paradise is You.”
To get rolling, order a PerusalsNOW™ reading copy of FALLING FOR EVE and begin to cast it in your mind’s eye. With the original New York cast, these casting choices were made: ADAM: The first guy. As young as possible (late teens, early twenties.) Very attractive. EVE: The first girl. Also as young as possible, but able to gracefully and believably age to about forty through the course of the play. Also beautiful. GOD/HE: A man. GOD/SHE: A woman. SARAH: An angel. Young woman. MICHAEL: Another angel. As young as the others. While the show works very well vocally with the six vocalists described above, should the producers desire, the addition of an “angel chorus” to back up vocals and facilitate the production is also a possibility, and can offer additional performance opportunities and a bigger, more “celestial” sound.
Check out these other great TRW titles and inquire about Premiere opportunities!
Molly Shannon has created numerous unforgettable characters on Saturday Night Live and in movies such as SUPERSTAR and NEVER BEEN KISSED and now introduces young readers to her latest hilarious creation, TILLY THE TRICKSTER, the musical!
Tilly is a mischievous girl who loves nothing more than causing a little trouble. From leaking cups to toothpaste-flavored cookies, Tilly has a trick for everyone: her mom, dad, brother, classmates, and even her teacher. But when the tables are turned and her family does some scheming of its own, will Tilly decide to change her trickster ways? Order a Perusal of TILLY now and get set to book your production of this terrifically tuneful new TYA show from TRW.
Seven-year-old Ivy is quiet and loves to read books, especially books about magical spells, because she wants to be a witch. Bean is outgoing and would love it if the whole world knew who she is. When the two of them get together, there’s mischief and laughter at every turn—along with lessons to be learned about the challenges and joy of family, friendship, and love. IVY+BEAN, THE MUSICAL is now available for licensing for productions everywhere. Order a perusal of IVY+BEAN now and get ready to present this triumphant new musical!
HOLDING THE TORCH FOR LIBERTY tells the story of the culmination of the women’s suffrage movement in the United States, circa 1920. Through ragtime, classic blues, New Orleans and Cuban infused original music this musical traces how courageous working women joined forces to fight for and win final passage of the 19th Amendment. Combining actual historical events with magical realism, the Statue of Liberty comes to life, goes dancing in a Harlem nightclub, and later meets a determined group of suffragists, Ms. Liberty’s torch becomes a window to the future, as the roles for women in the country grow – women doctors, lawyers, engineers and even the president. With the country openly divided, a lone congressman from Tennessee gets and inspirational letter from his mother reminding him that standing up for justice and doing what is right comes easily when you follow your heart.
HOLDING THE TORCH FOR LIBERTY is a part of the Jazz Drama Program (JDP). TRW is the exclusive representative for this JDP title and NORA’S ARK. The Jazz Drama Program creates original jazz musicals for young people to perform for their peers. It was founded in 2003 as a non-profit arts organization in New York City by jazz musician Eli Yamin, and teacher Clifford Carlson to advance the appreciation of jazz and musical theatre among youth.
“We embrace the infinite possibilities of using jazz to tell stories which are important to children,” says Eli Yamin. “As a dynamic, engaging and challenging platform for creativity, jazz provides us with a forum for new directions in theatre for young people and an educational framework rooted firmly in America’s most influential indigenous art form. Jazz grew out of the African American experience and has become a universal language celebrated worldwide. The Jazz Drama Program provides an opportunity for children to experience for themselves the joy and richness of jazz. Each new show is suitable for young people to perform and yet maintains the integrity of being ‘real music.’”
Jazz Drama Program musicals reflect the many styles of jazz.The original music is evocative of the sound and spirit of great jazz masters like John Coltrane, Duke Ellington, Sun Ra, Mary Lou Williams, Thelonious Monk, Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald. Although Jazz Drama Program musicals are written for Middle School students to perform, they have been performed by both younger and older students. Each musical features a large cast (30+ speaking roles), five ensemble musical numbers, a jazz underscore, and an accompaniment CD. The running time for each show will be about an hour.
The Jazz Drama Program (JDP) has created a dynamic, groundbreaking learning platform that can reveal the importance of jazz in American life on a totally new level. Though the JDP believes that telling the stories of great jazz musicians is important, the JDP has learned that there is a much better way to reach young people with the subject of jazz. The relevance of the story being told provides intrinsic motivation to students and facilitates an exceptionally accelerated learning environment. The JDP experiential method enables students to own the essential ingredients of jazz in the context of the stories they are telling.
Teaching Artists guide students in making the swing and shuffle beats their own in a spirit of fun and collaboration. The notion of improvisation becomes an unstoppable learning tool, which can be used both in music, theatre and every day life. Historical dances such as swing and the cakewalk, become visceral learning experiences with clear connections to American History. Practicing diction in the context of singing a bebop line with many syllables and a driving rhythmic framework challenges students both physically and mentally to expand their view of their own abilities cognitively, creatively and in terms of self confidence.
Now you can browse through our full-color catalogs in an easy-to-navigate online magazine format! Click below to look through our 2012 and 2013 catalogs, in glorious color, for in-depth information on each of our titles.
Drum roll please! Show|Ready™ is now available in the App Store! Show|Ready Mobile gives you all the playback features of the desktop Show|Ready on your iOS device. The director’s editing features are available for the iPad. (A valid license for Show|Ready must be purchased first from Theatrical Rights Worldwide, before you can use Show|Ready Mobile. Show|Ready Mobile only needs to be purchased once and then can be used with multiple Show|Ready licenses!)
With Show|Ready™ rehearsal accompaniment, you can virtually send your music director home with each and every member of your cast! Show|Ready™ allows you to play a customizable rehearsal track of your show, complete with individual vocal parts, on a Mac, PC, or iOS device. Show|Ready™ gives you complete control over which parts you hear,and lets you modify the key or tempo and cut, vamp, or repeat measures as you please.
Show|Ready™ makes it easy for music directors to communicate with their casts, as edits made are distributed via the internet to cast members!
Show|Ready™ is available for these TRW titles:
Check-out the great video clip below (with limited commercial interruption, courtesy of The Chicago Tribune and reporter Johnny Oleksinski) of Trisha Jeffrey performing ‘I’m Here,’ from “The Color Purple,” the musical based on Alice Walker’s novel. “The Color Purple” plays Mercury Theater through Oct. 27. Read the Tribune’s review by Chris Jones.
THE COLOR PURPLE is an inspiring family saga that tells the unforgettable story of a woman who, through love, finds the strength to triumph over adversity and discover her unique voice in the world. This musical adaptation of Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel (and the popular 1985 Steven Spielberg film) spotlights Celie, a downtrodden young woman whose personal awakening over the course of 40 years forms the arc of this epic story. With a joyous score featuring jazz, ragtime, gospel, African music and blues, THE COLOR PURPLE is a story of hope, a testament to the healing power of love and a celebration of life. Featuring a book by Marsha Norman and music and lyrics by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray, THE COLOR PURPLE opened on Broadway on November 1, 2005. It was nominated for eleven 2006 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Book, and Best Original Score.
The Tribune shot this video, a song from the show, in their studios in Tribune Tower.Click here for the Tribune’s full coverage of “The Color Purple.”