Two new titles from Stageworks’ Pop Musicals Collection, Jeremy Desmon's Cyrano de BurgerShack and Eric Price's Emma! A Pop Musical, are included in the inaugural project.
"We couldn't be more excited to be working with Teresa and her team at Playscripts," Stageworks Media president Michael Barra said in a statement. "Not only are they one of the largest licensors of plays to schools in the country, their innovative online platform is second to none. This arrangement will provide a platform for our shows to be seen and performed by hundreds of thousands of Millennials over the next twelve months alone. Access to this coveted demo is very appealing to us and our content partners."
“We are thrilled to have an opportunity to partner with Michael and his young, innovative production company," Teresa Sanpietro, Playscripts' general manager, added. "Stageworks Media has quickly proven that they can deliver high-quality stage product that connects with our consumers' love of pop culture. Stageworks has unrivaled relationships with major content companies, and understands better than anyone that theatre publishing and licensing doesn't always have to mean Broadway."
Featuring newly arranged pop hits by artists such as Katy Perry, P!nk, Madonna, Bruno Mars, Kelly Clarkson, Adele, John Mayer, Sara Bareilles, Cyndi Lauper, Pat Benatar, Carly Rae Jepson, Whitney Houston, Alanis Morissette and others, Cyrano de BurgerShack and Emma! A Pop Musical were created in partnership with the major music publishing houses Sony/ATV, Warner Chappell, Universal and BMG.
Launched 11 months ago by Michael Barra, who previously served as a business development executive at both Walt Disney Pictures and Disney Theatrical Group, Stageworks Media is a full-service theatre production company that partners with large content companies to adapt their library, catalog and backlist titles to the stage, specializing in the direct-to-licensing marketplace. Playscripts Inc. actively licenses to over 20,000 theatre makers around the world. Founded in 1998, it currently publishes and represents nearly 2,000 plays by over 1,100 playwrights.