All photos by Claire Buffie
Theatrical Rights Worldwide (TRW) hosted 175 regional theatre managers and creatives for a celebration of our 10th year representing Broadway, Off Broadway and theatre for young audience shows. The invitation-only dinner and concert event was held Oct 15, aboard the luxury yacht Atlantica, setting sail from Pier 61 at 7pm, providing breathtaking views of New York City.
The three-hour event featured special concert performances from Bobby Steggert, reprising his show-stopping “Stranger,” from BIG FISH. Michelle Ragusa beautifully delivered the title song from TRW’s newly acquired TENDERLY: THE ROSEMARY CLOONEY MUSICAL. Ben Clark and Kate Steinberg performed a haunting, searing “Here Right Now,” from GHOST THE MUSICAL, then GLEE’s Jenna Ushkowitz brought her trademark star power to “Without the Guy,” from DISENCHANTED! Next up from TRW’s new edition of SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER THE MUSICAL was the uber-talented Natalie Weiss with a stunning rendition of a seductive “Nights On Broadway.” In a surprise finale, Tony Award winning composer David Bryan, of Bon Jovi fame, took the stage and brought down the house, playing a brilliant medley of songs from his 2010 Best Musical MEMPHIS. Accompaniment and music direction for the concert was provided by Jeff Theiss.
Opening with a cocktail reception, TRW’s founder, owner and CEO Steve Spiegel welcomed the group of key professional theatre programmers with remarks focusing on the close business and personal relationships he has cultivated with attendees during his 36 years licensing musical theatre around the world. “Each of you here this evening are a vital part of the musical theatre world. A world of creativity, invention and wonder that brings incredible beauty to the world’s artistic landscape. We thank you and honor your continuing commitment to nurturing musical theatre,” Spiegel said.
TRW’s Vice President Sean Cercone emceed the event, marking the company’s first decade with opening comments before the concert. “Each and every day, the TRW staff members sitting among you inspire groups to produce the shows we represent, but more significantly they authentically engage each producer, artistic director, community theatre director and most importantly, teachers in all levels of our school systems,” Cercone said. “We try to help these organizations in any way we can to exceed their own expectations, because we know a stronger, more vibrant American theatre is better for all of us. That’s how this team approaches its day, that’s the kind of culture Steve Spiegel fosters and that’s what it means to work for TRW.”
TRW was created by Spiegel in 2006. The agency represents JERSEY BOYS, GREASE MONTY PYTHON’S SPAMALOT, MEMPHIS, THE ADDAMS FAMILY, THE COLOR PURPLE, ALL SHOOK UP, GHOST THE MUSICAL, BIG FISH, RING OF FIRE, CURTAINS, SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER, PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT, MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET, and a select group of Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) and Off Broadway and Regional Theatre musicals.
All photos by Claire Buffie