It’s been a good couple of years for Chad Beguelin & Matthew Sklar. Their last two collaborative efforts with Tony®-winning writer Bob Martin have come to fruition. First, it was the East Coast premiere of HALF TIME at the acclaimed Paper Mill Playhouse. The new musical about professional basketball’s first-ever aged 60-and-older dance team opened last June with Tony®-winning director & choreographer Jerry Mitchell at the helm. Then in November, THE PROM opened on Broadway, marking their third musical collaboration to hit the Great White Way. The musical racked up rave reviews, seven Tony® nominations and five Drama Desk nominations, taking home the Drama Desk for Best Musical. While its run at the Longacre Theater ended August 11th, THE PROM is living on with a YA novel adaptation, a Netflix movie…
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.
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!
All Hail the Queen, Cynthia Erivo
Cynthia Erivo, the Tony Award winning actress currently starring in the Tony Award winning revival of THE COLOR PURPLE, is a force to be reckoned with. Check out the videos below to hear her incredible voice slay these Broadway and pop ballads. Here she is singing her show-stopping number from THE COLOR PURPLE, “I’m Here.” From TRW’s…
THE COLOR PURPLE Revival Reviews
The reviews are in and the word is out! See what the critics had to say about the 2015 revival of THE COLOR PURPLE.
“For the first time in its long history of dramatization, ‘The Color Purple’ has been afforded an incarnation fully in sync with one crucial aspect of Walker’s original authorial intent — that the audience must participate in the imaginative act in order to comprehend its richness of theme and story. And, in this production, first seen at the Menier Chocolate Factory in London, so they do. Willingly. Delightedly. When they are not rising to their feet to stop the show.” – Chicago Tribune
“The current version is a slim, fleet-footed beauty, simply attired and beguilingly modest. Don’t be deceived, though, by its air of humility. There’s a deep wealth of power within its restraint.” – The New York Times
Choosing Your Next Round of Shows
Selecting your next show or full season, is an exciting, inspiring time for your whole organization. Careful consideration of a title’s audience appeal, technical and design requirements, casting challenges and other concerns make choosing shows an art unto itself.
While the need to consistently achieve high ticket sales is a common theme, artistic directors and producers try to select titles that will connect with their communities as well. Considering stories that will take their communities on new musical adventures together. In the educational and community theatre arena, the experience of the student or volunteer actors and techies is as important as the outcome of the show.
We’ve selected nine Broadway musicals, available for licensing for 2015-16, that can help inform your choice.
TRW Announces Acquisition of Jersey Boys
Theatrical Rights Worldwide (TRW) President and CEO Steve Spiegel announced today the acquisition of exclusive representation for stage performance rights to Broadway’s Tony Award®-winning Best Musical, JERSEY BOYS. “I’m happy to announce the signing of a long-term agreement for the Stock and Amateur rights to Jersey Boys. I’m proud to be the home of this truly great Broadway show,” Spiegel said, shortly after closing the deal, from his office in TRW’s Times Square headquarters.
JERSEY BOYS joins TRW’s major licensing assets 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, and a select group of Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) and Off Broadway and Regional Theatre musicals.
Tips, Tools & Tricks from Three Spamalot Directors
Getting in the driver’s seat for a production of MONTY PYTHON’S SPAMALOT, the Eric Idle and John Du Prez penned Tony Award®-winning Best Musical, is a true opportunity to give your cast, crew and audiences the theatre experience of a lifetime. Since launching the wide-release of SPAMALOT over a year ago, there have been hundreds of productions around the world by groups from community, high school and university theatres to high profile professional companies to a new West End production, still lighting up the stage in London. SPAMALOT is a ticket sales machine wherever it is produced for the sheer excellence of a show that has become a beloved musical classic, that never existed in the shadow of its wonderful and iconic cinema source material Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
TRW is Proud to Announce the Release of THE COLOR PURPLE
Theatrical Rights Worldwide (TRW) is proud to announce the immediate availability of Stock & Amateur rights for THE COLOR PURPLE. TRW is the exclusive representative of The Color Purple’s musical adaptation, which was nominated for eleven Tony® Awards and played 910 performances in its two and a half year run on Broadway.
Now, theatre organizations, schools, choirs and performing arts groups of all kinds can present this 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.
After a hugely successful four year national tour, this glorious musical journey is poised to change the landscape of school and community theatre forever.
Hillcrest HS’ CURTAINS a First Class Production!
Hillcrest High School in Midvale, Utah presented the Utah high school premiere of CURTAINS, November 18-21. TRW’s Broadway blockbuster features a book by Rupert Holmes, based on a concept by Peter Stone, with a classic score from the legendary Kander and Ebb. Theaters throughout the world are now getting their chance to produce this phenomenal show!
CURTAINS played over 500 performances on Broadway, and received eight 2007 Tony® Award nominations including Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, Best Original Score, Best Actor (A Winner for David Hyde Pierce), Best Actress, Best Featured Actress, Best Direction and Best Choreography. Kander and Ebb’s amazing score is perfectly woven into the fabric of the unfailingly clever book.
CURTAINS is set in the brassy, bright, and promising year of 1959…