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Comprehensive, ready to use collection of 33 model business and legal forms for the performing arts, with accompanying CD-ROM. Expanded contents include many hard to find contracts.
The first legal survival kit for anyone in the business of presenting live entertainment.
Plays
Farce - Two Acts Single set 5 males, 3 females Performance time: 110 minutes (not counting intermission)
Semi fictitious drama based on the 1958 fire at the Our Lady of the Angels Roman Catholic School on the west side of Chicago, in which 92 children and three nuns died.

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A SALUTE TO THE PIONEERING WOMEN OF MUSICAL THEATER

October 10, 2015

Tags: Kay Swift, George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Institute of Musical Art, Julliard School, James Warburg, Fine and Dandy, Can't We Be Friends, Katherine Weber, Female Composers, Women Composers, Broadway Musical Theater, Katherine Faulkner "Kay" Swift, Vicki Ohl

(Over the next several months I will be paying tribute to the individual women who, by sheer talent and determination, achieved great success as writers, lyricists, composers, and arrangers in the male dominated Broadway musical theater. Check back often as I post new profiles. Here is the first of the series.)

KATHERINE FAULKNER "KAY" SWIFT

THE FIRST WOMAN TO WRITE THE COMPLETE SCORE FOR A BROADWAY MUSICAL

Born April 19, 1897, the daughter of a music critic, Katherine Faulkner Swift studied (more…)

IN ANSWER TO YOUR QUESTIONS

October 8, 2015

Tags: Sex Marks the Spot, Publication, Play, Politician, Sex Scandal, Election year, Farce

Many of you have asked me why the published version of my play SEX MARKS THE SPOT, has become unavailable to purchase as new copies. There's no great mystery, as some of you have wondered. The facts are simple.
SEX MARKS THE SPOT, my two act farce about a politician trying to cover up (more…)

EVERY ARTIST SHOULD SELF PRODUCE AT LEAST ONCE

October 2, 2015

Tags: Self Producers, Self Produce, Playwright, Playwriting, Directors, Directing, Choreography, Choreographer, Designer, Theater, Scripts, Actors, Acting, Crowd Funding

Every artist should self produce at least once, if he's really serious about being in the theater.

Why?

PLAYWRIGHTS: A playwright may wait months, even years, before a theater accepts or (more likely) rejects her script. Many theaters never respond to scripts. Many producers won't even read unsolicited plays. ( I won't.) If the script (more…)

THE CRAFT OF WRITING MUSICAL THEATER (POST SCRIPT)

October 1, 2015

Tags: Musical Theater, Writing Musicals, Musicals, Chicago Writers Bloc

A big thank you to all of you who attended my presentation on "The Craft of Writing Musical Theater" on September 28, 2015, under the auspices of the Chicago Writers Bloc. I hope you found it helpful and informative for your own writing. I enjoyed talking to you afterwards. Thank you also for your feedback.

Copyright ( c ) 2015 by Charles Grippo. All rights reserved. This work may not be reproduced, copied, downloaded, or distributed by any means, now known or hereinafter discovered, in whole or in part, without the express written consent of the copyright holder. For display purposes only.

Federal Judge Rules "Happy Birthday"Lyrics are Public Domain

September 22, 2015

Tags: "Happy Birthday To You, " "Happy Birthday, " Federal Court, Judge George H. King, Patty Smith Hill, Mildred J. Hill, Warner/Chappell, "Good Morning to All, " Copyright, Public Domain, Jennifer Nelson, Summy Co., "Happy Birthday, "

On Tuesday, September 22, 2015, U.S. District Court Judge George H. King ruled that the lyrics to "Happy Birthday To You" are not protected by copyright. The Judge held that Warner/Chappell does not have a valid claim of copyright to the lyrics to the song, which was supposedly written by two sisters Mildred J. Hill and Patty (more…)

IF A DIRECTOR OFFERS TO "COLLABORATE"WITH YOU

September 14, 2015

Tags: Playwright, playwriting, theater, director, directing, collaboration, collaborate, theater law, theatre, co-author, copyright, copyright law, royalties

A playwright told me a director had offered to "collaborate" with him on his newest play. My friend was excited because this particular director had strong connections with a major regional theater. He hoped the director could get the regional to mount the world premiere of the show, which would jump start his career.

I brought him down to reality. "People use the terms 'collaboration' and 'collaborate' very loosely in the theater," I said. "What exactly does this director mean by 'collaborate' with you?" (more…)

The Craft of Writing Musical Theater

September 10, 2015

Tags: Writing Musical Theater, Chicago Writers Bloc, Stephen Schwartz, Winnie Holzman, Linda Bloodworth-Thomason, Amanda Green, Georgia Stitt, Robert Lopez, Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Stephen Sondheim, Adam Guettel, Musical Book, Libretto, Characters in Scene and Song, The 11 O'clock Number, Dramatists Guild, Dramatists Guild National Conference

I will be presenting a special program "The Craft of Writing Musical Theater" on September 28, 2015, under the auspices of the Chicago Writer's Bloc, at 7 p.m. at June Finfer's Playroom at 2068 W. Farwell, Chicago. Persons benefitting from this program will include book writers, composers, lyricists, directors, choreographers, actors, and anyone who wants to learn (more…)

CAN I USE "HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU" IN MY SHOW?

August 12, 2015

Tags: "Happy Birthday To You", Warner/Chappell, Patti Hill, Mildred J. Hill, Irving Berlin, Jennifer Nelson, copyright, copyright renewal, public domain, Summy Company, Jessica Hill, Song Licenses, EU, European Union, summary judgment

"Can I use 'Happy Birthday To You' in my play or film without permission and payment of royalties? Is the song really in the public domain?" Over the last few weeks I've been asked those questions by so many writers and producers that I need to answer in a blog post. Why the sudden (more…)

Dramatists Guild National Conference "Internet Piracy And the Issues for Musical Theatre"

July 26, 2015

Tags: Andrew Lippa, Craig Carnelia, Composers, Lyricists, Songwriters, Sheet Music, Internet Piracy, Musical Theater, Dramatists Guild, Dramatists Guild Third National Conference, Georgia Stitt, Alan Menken, Anti-Piracy

In recent years the DG has become so concerned that Internet Piracy is affecting the incomes of its Composer and Lyricist Members that it formed the "Anti-Piracy" Committee. Co-chaired by Andrew Lippa and Craig Carnelia, the Committee is making serious efforts to combat the piracy of sheet music on the internet.

It's not hard (more…)

Dramatists Guild Third National Conference (Post 3)

July 16, 2015

Tags: Hilton Torrey Pines Resort, La Jolla California, Torrey Pines State Reserve, Balboa Park, Birch Acquarium, Del Mar Racetrack, La Jolla Playhouse, Mission Bay, Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein, Arthur Miller, Tennesse Williams, Lillian Hellman, Neil Simon, Eugene O'Neill, DuBose Heyward, George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, Porgy and Bess, John Logan

Now, while waiting for the DG programming to begin, I took a reconnaissance tour around our meeting place: the Hilton Torrey Pines Resort in La Jolla, California. To tell the truth, this is a much, much nicer setting than the locations of the previous DG conferences. How could it not be? As I (more…)