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Molly Shannon

Molly Shannon (Image Credit: Jeff Christensen/AP Images)

Theatrical Rights Worldwide (TRW) is the home to a brilliant collection of Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) musicals including, HOW I BECAME A PIRATE, PINKALICIOUS THE MUSICAL, NO DOGS ALLOWED, AWESOME ALLIE: FIRST KID ASTRONAUT, STINKY KIDS THE MUSICAL, WANDA’S WORLD, HOLDING THE TORCH FOR LIBERTY, NORA’S ARK THE JAZZ MUSICAL, ANNE OF GREEN GABLES, LUCKY DUCK, SLEEPY HOLLOW: A MUSICAL TALE, and THE TRUMPET OF THE SWAN.

In our never-ending quest to offer world-class musical theatre to our TYA customers, TRW has developed a new musical adapted from Molly Shannon’s best-selling children’s book “Tilly the Trickster.” The just-finished tuner was presented in a private industry reading at Pearl Studios in New York City on March 1st. Featuring music and lyrics by Drew Fornarola (AWESOME ALLIE, COLLEGE THE MUSICAL) with book by Jeremy Dobrish (EIGHT DAYS BACKWARDS, CURIOUS GEORGE), TILLY THE TRICKSTER will soon light up stages worldwide, available exclusively from TRW.

Molly Shannon and the Cast of TILLY THE TRICKSTER at Pearl Studios in NYC, March 1st, 2013

The tale has a title character who, in author Shannon’s words, “is an imperfectly perfect role model,” who likes to play tricks. The story reminds us to “embrace the silliness and fun of life,” says Shannon. The author has certainly embraced the silliness and fun in life through her brilliant comedy on Saturday Night Live and feature films, creating unforgettable characters like Mary Katherine Gallagher (“Superstar!”).

Shannon attended the reading and was elated. Her post-show glow as she met with the cast and crew after the hilarious, tender and musically magnificent presentation was infectious and the room was humming with the buzz that accompanies a new work that is firing on all cylinders.

Book writer Dobrish directed the reading with a cast that featured Anika Larsen, Melissa Van Der Schyff, Hannah Elless, Jason Collins, Matt Wolfe, and Jeremy Morse, with stage directions by Emily Ludolph. The production is stage managed by Andrea Jo Martin with music direction by Sam Wilmott.

TRW President & CEO Steve Spiegel

“TRW is thrilled to be developing this high-spirited and fun story from the page to the musical stage along with offering resources and support for the reading. It will be a treasured addition to the TRW catalog of exciting new shows for family audiences” said TRW President & CEO Steve Spiegel. Theatrical Rights Worldwide (TRW), is an industry-leading New York City based licensing house handling contemporary Broadway titles including MONTY PYTHON’S SPAMALOT, MEMPHIS, THE COLOR PURPLE, and THE ADDAMS FAMILY.

TRW’s commitment to developing TYA titles is evidenced by our growing catalog of musicals created especially for a small group of adults to perform for kids and their families. These shows are designed to take existing stories for young people and make them accessible in a musical theatre setting. Gathering just the right writers and creative team is the top priority in this process.

Stay-tuned for the announcement of the release of TILLY THE TRICKSTER from TRW!

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RING OF FIRE: THE MUSIC OF JOHNNY CASH, is a remarkable life story is told through music, climaxing in a concert that both moves and exhilarates. After scores of productions around the world, this 2006 Broadway musical is getting a hot new re-conception by original ROF creator Richard Maltby, Jr., at the Milwaukee Rep, opening March 1st at the Stackner Cabaret, in the Patty & Jay Baker Theater Complex.

BroadwayWorld.com reports:

From the iconic songbook of Johnny Cash comes this unique musical about love and faith, struggle and success, rowdiness and redemption, and home and family. More than two dozen classic hits – including “I Walk the Line,” “A Boy Named Sue,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” and the title tune – performed by a multi-talented cast, paint a musical portrait of The Man in Black that promises to be a foot-stompin’, crowd-pleasin’ salute to a uniquely American legend! Richard Maltby, Jr. created the piece and will also direct The Rep’s production. It was originally conceived by William Meade with orchestrations by Steven Bishop and Jeff Lisenby. Maltby is re-conceiving his Johnny Cash tribute specifically for a five-member ensemble for The Rep’s Stackner Cabaret. The cast features Trenna Barnes, Eddie Clendening, Jason Edwards, David Miles Keenan and Mark W. Winchester, who are all making their Rep debuts. Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash runs in the Stackner Cabaret from March 1 – May 5, and opens Sunday, March 3.

“Prior to coming to America, I’d never paid much attention to country music,” says Artistic Director Mark Clements. “But it’s now become a style that I…[READ THE WHOLE ARTICLE AT BROADWAY WORLD.COM]

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Read more about Re-Conceived RING OF FIRE Musical to Premiere at Milwaukee Rep, 3/1-5/5 by milwaukee.broadwayworld.com

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RoomsOmaha Nebraska’s Theatre Arts Guild’s (TAG) annual award nominees were announced this week, with The Candy Project‘s knock-out production of ROOMS: A ROCK ROMANCE earning a Best Actress nom for Jaimie Pruden. Her phenomenal performance as Monica will long be remembered by the audiences of The Candy Project’s August 2011 show.

ROOMS: A ROCK ROMANCE begins in late 1970′s Glasgow where Monica, an ambitious singer/songwriter meets Ian, a reclusive rocker. The two quickly become entangled creatively and romantically. Their music takes them first to London and ultimately to New York City, where they discover the vibrant new music scene and create an intimate partnership, their love deepening while their personalities drive them apart. A five-piece rock band accompanies these two characters as they search for the balance between ambition and happiness. The Candy Project production played August 4-20 at the Bancroft Street Market in Omaha.

To read the whole story, click here to go to the article at Omaha.com, the website of the Omaha World Herald.

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King Arthur (Davis Gaines) and Patsy (Jamie Torcellini, bottom) in Musical Theatre West's production of "Monty Python's Spamalot." (Alysa Brenna)

Musical Theatre West‘s current production of MONTY PYTHON’S SPAMALOT is drawing rave reviews from critics all over the L.A. area! After a completely sold-out opening weekend the Carpenter Performing Arts Center, home to Musical Theatre West and a host of other top-filght entertainment for the Long Beach area is gearing up for the rest of the run. MONTY PYTHON’S SPAMALOT continues through through July 15th. Click here for tickets and information.

Check out the slew of great reviews for MONTY PYTHON’S SPAMALOT by Musical Theatre West:

Gazettes.com, Long Beach’s Favorite Community Newspaper

The Los Angeles Times

StageSceneLA

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Musical Theatre West is a brilliantly successful icon of American Regional Theatre excellence. Using a hot mix of professional actors from Broadway, SoCal and National Tours with the best in local pro talent, Musical Theatre West creates each of their shows directly from their producing facility in beautiful Long Beach, California.  MTW’s performances are at the gorgeous Carpenter Center (on the campus of California State University Long Beach) and are often mounted using sets and costumes from Broadway, London’s West End, and national tours. MONTY PYTHON’S SPAMALOT, TRW’s uber-popular Tony Award winning Best Musical, is no exception. Paul Garman, Music Theatre West’s longtime Executive Director & Producer, bought the iconic Broadway sets and costumes and delivered a cast and production very worthy of the package. The show opened last Saturday night to a joyous, packed audience and is set for a great run!

Broadway vet Davis Gaines anchored MTW’s SPAMALOT with a phenomenal new take on King Arthur, while his Lady of the Lake, Tami Tappan Damiano brought down the house with her spot-on vocal prowess and top-notch comedy chops. The sold-out MTW audience devoured every delicious moment of the non-stop laugh riot show from the overture to the final bow as the awe-inducing cast nailed each scene and song with an infectious joie de vivre that electrified the house from the first row to the last.

TRW was in the house for Saturday’s stellar opening night, with our terrific duo of writers Bret Simmons and David Howard (FALLING FOR EVE, CHANGING MINDS). TRW’s developmental team was in L.A. for meetings with Howard & Simmons to pow-wow about Broadway buzz for CHANGING MINDS and the August staged reading of the hot new pop tuner in NYC.

Musical Theatre Wests's Opening Night of MONTY PYTHON'S SPAMALOT (L to R) TRW's Fred Stuart with David Howard, MTW's Paul Garman and Bret Simmons

MONTY PYTHON’S SPAMALOT is lovingly ripped off from the classic film comedy MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL. It retells the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table, and features a bevy of beautiful show girls, not to mention cows, killer rabbits, and French people!

Musical Theatre West’s MONTY PYTHON’S SPAMALOT continues now through July 15th at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center, 6200 E. Atherton Street, Long Beach, CA. Click here for tickets and information.

For a great photo spread from the Opening Night After Party, click here to go to BroadwayWorld.com/LA.

MONTY PYTHON’S SPAMALOT is available in North America for productions with performance dates commencing September 1, 2013. Some cities are available now! Find your grail, TRW customers, and give your audiences and performers the chance of a lifetime to experience one of the greatest Broadway musicals of the modern age. The Tony® Award Winning Best Musical, SPAMALOT!  Click here to get started.

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BARE, the rock musical about teens coming of age in a Catholic school setting, will get a commercial Off-Broadway run starting Nov. 19 at New World Stages. Stafford Arima (Carrie) will direct the latest version of the show.

To get the whole scoop on BARE’s return to NYC, click here to read the article at Playbill.com.

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Marcus Brigstocke (L) & Jon Culshaw

Coconuts Migrate to the Harold Pinter for Summer Spam Sit-Down

The Ambassador Theatre Group is bringing their brilliant production of MONTY PYTHON’S SPAMALOT to the West End! The super-successful U.K. Tour will pull into London for a summer sit-down, July 24th through September 9th, 2012.  The cast features comedian Marcus Brigstocke as King Arthur, Todd Carty as Patsy and Bonnie Langford as The Lady of the Lake. Impressionist Jon Culshaw will play King Arthur from 2 August to 2 September, with Brigstocke returning from 4-8 September.

Click here to read the whole article at westend.broadwayworld.com.

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The Main Street Theatre for Youth, in Houston, TX, is about to embark on their month-long voyage aboard the good ship HOW I BECAME A PIRATE! Arrrrrrrguably the greatest TYA musical ever to sail the stage, this irresistible new musical adventure is based on the super-popular kid’s book of the same name.

The Main Street Theatre is masterful at making an impact on their community with their productions. From special events at their theater to awesome partnerships with local bookstores and a full schedule of school performances, this great organization offers a ton of great ideas for theatres of all shapes and sizes to help take their productions to the next level of visibility. Visit Main Street’s Theatre for Youth website and investigate the possibilities!

Main Street’s website offers this delicious description of HOW I BECAME A PIRATE: “AHOY, MATEY! When Captain Braid Beard and his crew invite Jeremy Jacob to join their voyage, it’s the swashbuckling time of his life! No vegetables or table manners, and you get to have sword fights whenever you want. But Jeremy soon misses things like getting tucked into bed, goodnight kisses and story time. A heave-ho, blow-the-man-down tale you won’t want to miss!” How I Became a Pirate

HOW I BECAME A PIRATE features book, music and lyrics by Janet Yates Vogt and Mark Friedman, adapted from the book by Melinda Long. The show plays Mar. 5 – Apr. 5, 2012, at the  Main Street Theater’s Chelsea Market space.

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Kansas City’s Coterie Theatre is busy at home prepping their defining production of TYA@TRW’s sparkling new LUCKY DUCK. Kansas City audiences can catch the one-night-only performance of the musical at 7 p.m. March 8 at the Folly Theater, in KC. The musical comedy, with its Kansas City cast, rolls into NYC’s New Victory Theater, March 16-25.

According to Kansas City Infozine, LUCKY DUCK was a major hit when it first premiered at the Coterie in the summer of 2010. “We aim to attract talent of the highest caliber to actively write for our audience,” Coterie Artistic Director Jeff Church said. “With LUCKY DUCK, it was an important opportunity for us to again work with Broadway talent. In this case, we were thrilled to be working with Henry Krieger, Bill Russell and Jeffrey Hatcher.”

Serena (Jennie Greenberry) with Wolf (Tim Scott) in the Coterie Theatre's Lucky Duck. Photo courtesy of J. Robert Schraeder/Coterie Theatre

“The fact is,” Church continued, “that Kansas City possesses this amazing musical theatre talent – we have all known that for years – and now we get to take our actual Kansas City actors to New York City for a run. It’s very exciting to us on so many levels,” he said. “The New Victory Theater curates performances from all over the world, with the intention of only bringing the best to its audiences there in New York. It’s an honor to be one of the few American companies invited to perform there.”

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