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!

6 Tips For First Time Theatre Teachers

A college professor once told me to write the following in my notebook at the beginning of our very first class: “There is no such thing as a child who hates music. But there are plenty who hate music teachers.” He then said if that is the only thing I remember from his class, it will be enough. Forty years later, it is the only thing I remember from that class. But its wisdom guided much of what I accomplished as a teacher and director.

Below are a few things I picked up from my forty years of teaching that I hope will help you succeed in your career as a teacher.

Whether you are more comfortable with a structured, linear rehearsal process or a more improvised, spontaneous approach, children, young and old, will sense if you are unprepared, stressed and/or ill-equipped for the task ahead.

Land a Big Catch with Daniel Wallace at Your Production of BIG FISH!

TRW is proud to offer the exciting opportunity to have Daniel Wallace, the author of the novel BIG FISH, at your production. He is the only person who has been involved in the story since its inception: from the book, to the film, to the Broadway production. His insights are sure to provide a unique perspective for your theatre. If you are interested in having Daniel Wallace at your production, please email Trinity at info@tuesdayagency.com for booking details. We hope that you will jump on this opportunity to share a truly memorable experience with your patrons and audience members alike.

Based on the celebrated novel by Daniel Wallace and the acclaimed film directed by Tim Burton, BIG FISH centers on Edward Bloom, a traveling salesman who lives life to its fullest… and then some!

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Get Inside the BIG FISH score with Andrew Lippa

Broadway composer and lyricist Andrew Lippa recently took time to make an engaging, informative and inspiring video guide to the musical score of BIG FISH. Whether you have already licensed this brilliant show, or are considering it for your next musical, you can spend a few minutes with the composer, as he offers us a very accessible tour of the themes and styles of this magical musical.

Click the video below and share Andrew’s approachable, charming, humorous and very effective exploration of how music and words combine to move this irresistible story ever forward. If you are planning a production of the show, this is an invaluable tool. If you haven’t booked your production of BIG FISH yet, this quick master class with a gifted Broadway writer will inspire you to bring this beautiful new Broadway show to your community.

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RING OF FIRE SMALL CAST EDITION is Now Available from TRW!

Theatrical Rights Worldwide (TRW) is proud to announce the release of the new RING OF FIRE SMALL CAST EDITION. RING OF FIRE has had a remarkable journey from Broadway to theaters across the world. Recently, the show received a new, re-defining production at the Milwaukee Rep by original ROF creator Richard Maltby, Jr. The new, streamlined song showcase features a cast of five actor/musicians. The remarkable story of Johnny Cash and his music is searing and arcs with an exhilarating concert experience that is unforgettable.

The five-piece version of RING OF FIRE is a more intimate edition of the original Broadway show. The five cast members can be the band as well, or theatre groups can put together a cast that fits their ensemble’s unique talents.

Script Changes? Just Ask!

The majority of the musicals in our catalogue were written for the Broadway stage, to be performed by professional actors in front of audiences expecting and accepting of a heightened level of language, nuance, subject matter and presentation. In essence, the Broadway production is a “destination experience” for those who attend.

Your school, community or regional theatre production is a “foundation experience,” and, no two foundations are built the same when factors including the age of the performers, the region of the country or the demography of the audience are considered. No successful theatre program can be built or survive without a solid foundation. We understand this and support it.

So how does the destination experience of the Broadway musical assimilate to the foundation experience at your theatre?

Des Moines Community Playhouse Opens RING OF FIRE Tonight!

The Des Moines Community Playhouse is widely recognized as one of the top community theatres in the nation. Leaders in the true spirit of creating a theatre for the community, their latest show, RING OF FIRE: THE MUSIC OF JOHNNY CASH celebrates the Man in Black, his times and his amazing music. Born a poor Arkansas boy, he picked cotton on the family farm before embarking on a 50 year career in music that includes more than 1,000 songs, 17 Grammys, and more than 90 million in album sales. Johnny Cash is still one of the most popular entertainers of all-time. The Broadway bio-musical tells Cash’s story of faith, family, passion, redemption, and salvation. A gifted cast of singers and musicians presents 30 of the gifted artist’s hits including “Daddy Sang Bass,” “Jackson,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “A Boy Named Sue,” “I Walk the Line,” and, of course, “Ring of Fire.”

Spiegel’s Spiel: March 2010…The Premier Post

Welcome to the inaugural article here at Spiegel’s Spiel, a place at TheatricalRights.com where I can share my thoughts and plans with you, our valued customers, and you can give feedback to me on your theatre organization’s activities. Through this interaction you can help keep TRW at the forefront of theatrical licensing. I have always very much valued our customers input throughout my many years in the business.

Next week I travel to Auckland, where I will deliver the keynote speech at the New Zealand Musical Theatre Conference. Attended by artistic and managing directors, this year will mark their 50th anniversary as an association serving the needs of community theatres in their territory. It’s a great honor and I’m the first foreigner to have this privilege.

Full Text of Steve Spiegel’s Keynote Address to the NZMT

You’re about to create a new civilization and for your starting point, you want a center of this new town. A town square. To start, you will build an environment where artists can converge. Poets, painters, dancers, storytellers and musicians. And, all will be fine until the government realizes that these artists influence people. So, the artists get rounded up but quickly society realizes that without art, there is no community. And without community, there is no environment for self-expression, interactivity, socialization, mentorship, personal creativity and growth, friendship, knowledge, risk taking, and yes, without community, there is no environment for debate or leadership. So, this new civilization learns the value of community, especially that of its artists.

TRW’s 2009 in Review

2009 brought exciting new shows, products and theatrical licensing news from around the globe. As always, this past year saw thousands of productions of Theatrical Rights Worldwide titles. And, TRW continued to lead the industry with innovative, customer service-oriented practices that have revolutionized the Musical Theatre Licensing business. Here’s a look back at some of the top stories from the TRW Newsletter and Blog archives.

SPAMALOT closed its five year run on Broadway on January 11th, 2009 after an incredible 1575 performances! Housed at the Shubert Theatre, the TRW tuner was a smash hit throughout its half-decade engagement and saw a bevy of Broadway’s best known stars in the cast. Hank Azaria, Tim Curry, David Hyde Pierce, Clay Aiken and Marin Mazzie were just a few of the stars…