One of the best sources for info on the licensing of Broadway musicals
is the Rodgers & Hammerstein organization. R&H Theatricals handles the
rights for a wide variety of musicals -- including, of course, those
written by Rodgers & Hammerstein, but also many others, including
Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat."
Fees vary, depending upon the specific title chosen and the licensee's
circumstances (size of auditorium, number of performances, ticket
You'll find an application for an amateur performance license here:
R&H Theatricals: Amateur Performance License Application
A list of the titles licensed by R&H:
R&H Theatricals: Titles
Frequently Asked Questions about licensing and the fee structure:
R&H Theatricals: FAQs
Info about R&H's performance licensing & fees:
R&H Theatricals: About Us
Music Theatre International (MTI) is another such firm. Its titles:
Music Theatre International: Browse Shows
Licensing info for MTI:
Music Theatre International: Licensing
Samuel French, Inc. handles quite a few musicals:
Samuel French, Inc.: Musicals
General info on royalty fees and rights from Samuel French:
Samuel French, Inc.: Royalties & Rights Information
Baker's Plays, a division of Samuel French, also licenses musicals. A
list of titles:
Baker's Plays: Musicals
Royalties & rights info for Baker's Plays:
Baker's Plays: Royalties & Rights Information
OTHER LICENSORS OF MUSICAL PLAYS
Tams-Witmark Music Library, Inc.
Tams-Witmark Music Library, Inc.: Musicals
Contact form for Tams-Witmark:
Tams-Witmark Music Library, Inc.: Contact
Dramatists Play Service, Inc.
Dramatists Play Service, Inc.: Musicals
Licensing info (nonprofessional):
Dramatists Play Service, Inc.: Nonprofessional Licensing
Dramatic Publishing Company
Dramatic Publishing Company: Musicals
Dramatic Publishing Company: Licensing
Pioneer Drama Service
Pioneer Drama Service: Musicals
Pioneer Drama Service: Frequently Asked Questions
Here's some good general information on licensing of musicals and plays:
"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 play 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 the fee for your particular
organization may differ.
2. You should call 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. Never
assume that a play is available, you should always check with the play
publishing house before you advertise or begin work on the 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?"
University of Texas: Obtaining Rights to Produce a Play or Musical
My Google search strategy:
Google Web Search: musical plays licensing OR royalties
Google Web Search: broadway musicals "licensing organizations"
Google Web Search: "joseph and the amazing technicolor dreamcoat" royalty fee
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