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Acquiring the Rights to Perform a Play or Musical

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The rights for most plays and musicals are held by play publishing houses.  To obtain the rights to produce a play or musical, complete the following steps:
 
1)    Determine which publishing house has the rights to the play you wish to produce.  Each company has a catalogue which will indicate a royalty fee. However, be aware that often the fee will vary depending on your type of organization.

2)    Contact the company to find out if the play is available for production. In some instances, plays are 'restricted' which means that a particular play/musical is not available for production.

3)    Once you have determined that the play is not restricted, you will need to contact the publishing house in writing. Generally the following information is needed in order to provide a royalty quote:
 
a. Play Title
b. Place of performance (City, State & Theatre)
c. Producing organization
d. Seating capacity
e. Ticket prices
f. Not-for-profit or for-profit group
g. Number of performances
h. Performance dates
i.  Equity (Actor’s Union) or non-Equity production
 
These are the people to contact if your organization wants to put on a show:
 
Tams-Whitmark
560 Lexington Ave.
New York, NY 10022 USA
Tel (212) 688-9191
Fax (212( 688-5656

Samuel French
45 West 25th Street
New York, NY 10010-2751
Tel (212) 206-8990
Fax (212) 206-1429 info@samuelfrench.com

Music Theatre International
421 West 54th Street
New York, NY 10019
Tel (212) 541-4684
Fax (212) 397-4684
Licensing@MTIshows.com

The Rodgers & Hammerstein Theatre Library
229 West 28th Street, 11th Floor
New York, NY 10001
Tel (212) 564-4000
Fax (212) 268-1245

Dramatic Publishing Co.
P.O. Box 129
311 Washington Street
Woodstock, IL 60098
Tel (800) HIT-SHOW
Fax (800) 334-5302

Baker's Plays
P.O. Box 699222
Quincy, MA 02269-9222
Phone (617) 745-0805
Fax (617) 745-9891

Dramatic Publishing Company
Dramatic Publishing
311 Washington St.
Woodstock, IL 60098-3308
Phone: 1-800-448-7469
Fax: 1-800-334-5302

Pioneer Drama Service
PO Box 4267
Englewood, CO 80155
Phone: 800-333-7262
Fax: 303-779-4315
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