R&H Acquires [title of show] Stock and Amateur Rights; Sheet Music to Be Published

News   R&H Acquires [title of show] Stock and Amateur Rights; Sheet Music to Be Published
The Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization has acquired the stock and amateur rights to composer-lyricist Jeff Bowen and librettist Hunter Bell's new musical [title of show], which makes the leap to Broadway's Lyceum Theatre July 5.
[title of show] creator-stars Hunter Bell and Jeff Bowen.
[title of show] creator-stars Hunter Bell and Jeff Bowen. Photo by Carol Rosegg

The Organization will also represent Bowen's score through Williamson Music, which is currently developing a song book that will reflect the latest incarnation of the musical that played a much-extended run at Off-Broadway's Vineyard Theatre.

In a statement Williamson Music president Maxyne Lang said, "Jeff's score is a perfect blend of sure-to-be show biz standards, and powerful stand-alone ballads. In 'Part Of It All,' his character, Jeff, dreams about having his sheet music on sale in Shubert Alley. Believe me, we share that dream!"

Charlie Scatamacchia, R&H Organization's vice president for R&H Theatricals, added, "Hunter and Jeff have created a show about artists finding — and being true to — their own voice, and they've done it with great humor and tremendous charm. The number of calls and inquiries we've already received has been extraordinary. This show has a message that will resonate with theatre artists on every level and with all sorts of audiences."

Stock and amateur rights to [title of show] are not currently available, although when rights do become available, the news will be announced on the R&H website, www.rnh.com.

The entire original Off-Broadway cast — including co-creators Bowen and Bell — will be seen on Broadway, directed by A Chorus Line's Michael Berresse, who also helmed the acclaimed Off-Broadway run. Opening night is scheduled for July 17. The Broadway staging, co-starring Susan Blackwell and Heidi Blickenstaff, is being produced by the Vineyard as well as Kevin McCollum, Jeffrey Seller, Laura Camien, Roy Miller, Kris Stewart. (Standbys are Courtney Balan and Benjamin Howes.)

[title of show], according to press notes, "takes a thoroughly unique and comical look at the pleasures and perils of the artistic process as two struggling writers [Bell and Bowen] and two struggling actresses [Blackwell and Bickenstaff] take on the seemingly impossible task of creating a new musical about creating a new musical. Now with Broadway as their destination, the quartet's saga continues anew as they face mounting pressures and deadlines, and are nearly thrown off-track by disagreements, day jobs and insecurities in this funny and unforgettable look at the birth of a musical as it finally comes to life on the Great White Way."

The creative team also includes Larry Pressgrove (musical direction and onstage accompanist), Neil Patel (set design), Chase Tyler (costume design), Ken Billington and Jason Kantrowitz (lighting design) and ACME Sound Partners (sound design).

For more information visit www.rnhtheatricals.com, www.williamsonmusic.com or www.titleofshow.com.

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