The Addams Goes Dutch

One of the most acclaimed international productions closes on March 31st. Produced by TEC Entertainment and directed by Paul Eenens, the Dutch premiere of THE ADDAMS FAMILY has been taking the Netherlands by storm for the past five months. The production started picking up leads of five star reviews from severally leading publications including De Volkskrant, heralded as the paper of record in the Netherlands. The show was described as love letter to all things Addams Family and the Dutch theatrical community offered gifts of their love, including 11 Dutch Musical nominations (the country’s equivalent of the Tonys® or Oliviers®). Six of the nominations were for the performances alone with 5 additional nominations for design, translation, direction, and Best Musical.

WE WILL ROCK YOU Gives Students and School Rock Star Chance

It’s been a long road for Hammond Academy of the Performing Arts in Hammond, Indiana. The Academy was established in 2010 as part of Morton High School. In the 1980s, Greg Easton, the current principal of Morton, teamed with various neighboring teachers and administrators to start a performing arts school in Hammond. Among the schools in the town, Morton was chosen because it had the best facility to house such an arts program but that didn’t mean the plan would be without pitfalls. Morton High School is a Title-1 school, meaning many of the students receive free or reduced lunch and services and face socio-economic challenges.
While teacher salaries are paid for by the district, the program itself must be self-sufficient. “Everything we spend, we make,” explains Easton.

Drawing My Own Conclusion with Andrew Lippa’s New Musical

As the Marketing Associate, one of my first assignments was to write for this very blog. I was asked to write about one of our newest musicals: THE MAN IN THE CEILING. The fear of failure paralyzed me. Doubt started creeping into my head: “Can I do this?” “Where do I begin?”

I felt anxious and scared about producing something worthy of placement on our blog. “What if I failed?” The answer to that became clearer as I got closer to the story and the music.

I began researching THE MAN IN THE CEILING’s creators: Andrew Lippa (Music & Lyrics) and Jules Feiffer (Book). I needed to know who they were and what motivated them. An article I cam across written by Lippa, titled “7 Pieces of Advice for Writers,” addressed overcoming fear and trusting your art. “Let the piece become what it wants to be…be ready to tell this story in a new way.”

Your Next Musical: TRW’s 2019 Season Planner is Here!

TRW has the best collection of contemporary Broadway and West End musicals serviced by an unrivaled licensing team. We are ready to help bring your season choices to life!

-With exciting new titles, featuring an impressive roster of audience favorites and award winners, we have hits for every stage.
-TRW offers a wide range of easy-to-use Production Resources page to add to your show’s success.
-Spare the erasers, save the memories; with a TRW title, you keep the scripts and scores!

Click through each logo for full production info, and contact us directly to get a personal consultation on selecting the perfect TRW show for your cast and audience.

High School Musicals That Deliver!

Originating on Broadway and the West End, TRW School Editions keep the magic of the original material in an adaptation expertly crafted to suit the school producing environment. TRW has a school edition to perfectly showcase your theatre department. TRW School Editions are musicals you’ll love with Production Resources that will get you and your students ready for opening night! You’ll receive brand-new pristine materials, authorized logo art, stellar customer service and expert guidance each step of the way from the most experienced and dedicated team of theatre educators and professionals. With most titles, you’ll have access to state-of-the-art resources and tools featuring ShowReady™ Rehearsal Tracks, StageTracks™ Performance Tracks, ProductionPro digital production notebook…

54 Sings Memphis

Last night we returned to Feinsteins/54 Below for 54 Sings Memphis and what an absolute treat it was. Several original Broadway cast members returned with some new talent and what transpired was nothing short of a celebration. This Tony Award®-winning Best Musical remains poignant today, as we follow the cultural friction of Memphis’ underground dance clubs in the 1950’s as radio jockey Huey Calhoun falls for singer Felicia Farrell in a time when their interracial relationship was hardly celebrated. Tony nominee Chad Kimball returned to the role he created and Huey still fits like a glove. Felicia Boswell, who starred in the First National Tour, was Felicia Farrell and original Broadway cast member Cass Morgan brought Mama back to life.

54 Sings Curtains

Last night we kicked off our first of many nights at Feinsteins/54 Below with 54 Sings Curtains. Not only was it a wonderful evening full of familiar faces, but the perfect reminder of what a gem this show is. The evening was introduced by bookwriter Rupert Holmes, who gave us an abridged story of how CURTAINS was created. The cast assembled was led by the quirky and hilarious Richard Kind, who so graciously stepped into the leading role of Lieutenant Frank Cioffi, and brought his own comedic flair to the role originated by David Hyde Pierce. Other notable cast members included the always superb Karen Ziemba as the songwriter turned star Georgia Hendricks, Noah Racey as leading man Bobby Pepper, Megan Sikora as Bambi, Erin Davie, who replaced in the original production, as ingenue Niki Harris, and a host of other Broadway veterans.

TRW’s 2018-2019 Season Planner

We’re here to help you every step of the way in choosing your next show with the best collection of contemporary Broadway and West End musicals in the business. From our New York City Headquarters to our London Office to every corner of the world, TRW’s knowledgeable and friendly licensing agents are ready to serve your production needs.

Our catalogue of major musicals continued to grow with the addition of several blockbusters in 2017. New titles will be announced throughout 2018, along with the lifting of restrictions on some titles. New for 2018-19 are BRIGHT STAR, a new Tony Award-winning edition of THE COLOR PURPLE, FLASHDANCE, and the West End’s THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS. For the U.K., GREASE has been released from restrictions and is now fully available!

The Importance of Pursuing Your Passions

Picture this: a college student, and long-time thespian with dreams of living and working in the Big Apple closing her eyes and holding her breath as she presses “send” on a game-changing email. As it turns out, pressing send was one of the best decisions she ever made. I’m Sabrina, and that college student is me.

Back in December I visited Theatrical Rights Worldwide while on a trip to New York City with a group of fellow theatre students from Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. I had always been a performer but upon reaching college I found myself more interested in the business aspect of “show business”. During our visit we listened to Mr. Jim Hoare speak about this company and all of the things that go on here and I knew immediately I needed to know more.

Favorite “Pulled” Performances

Who doesn’t love Wednesday Addams? I was smitten from the moment she ruined the summer camp play in Addams Family Values. When the Addams clan made the jump to the theatrical stage, Andrew Lippa’s song of teenage emotional blossoming rocketed from Chicago, to Broadway, to any mix-belters’ repertoire book you could find in any audition holding room. “Pulled” is a very difficult song to sing. I think much of the role is difficult to sing, but that’s exactly what makes a great performance all the more delicious. The most climatic moments of the song lie right on the female passaggio (or break between chest voice/head voice) which means it takes not only a brassy belt or a gorgeous head voice but a marriage of the two. But musicals are about so much more than a great voice singing a song on stage.