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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…)


July 22, 2015

Tags: Dramatists Guild Third National Conference, Dramatists Guild, Jule Styne, Gypsy, Frank Loesser, How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying, My Fair Lady, Company, Oklahoma, Cabaret, Fiddler on the Roof, Guys and Dolls, Stephen Schwartz, Amanda Green, Georgia Stitt, Cheryl Coons, West Side Story, Bells Are Ringing

Moderator: Cheryl Coons.
Panelists: Amanda Green, Stephen Schwartz, Georgia Stitt.

What is the "11 O' Clock Number?" How did it get its name?
Back in the great days of the Broadway musical, the curtain went up on most shows at 8:30 p.m. and the final (more…)

Copyright - Can I Do That?

July 16, 2015

Tags: Dramatists Guild, Dramatists Guild National Conference, Ralph Sevush, Deborah Murad, David Faux, Copyright, Les Miserables, Victor Hugo, Disney, Snow White, Elvis Presley, Rent, Jonathan Larsen, Trinity Rep, Actors' Equity, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Hound Dog, Public Domain, Urinetown, Dramaturg, Fairy Tales, Translations, Translator

As an entertainment law attorney, playwright, and producer, I was particularly drawn to the panel discussion "Copyright --- Can I Do That?" by Guild Attorneys David Faux, Deborah Murad, and Ralph Sevush.
Using the example of a trucker who wants to turn his life story into a play, the panelists examined the questions: Who (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…)

Dramatists Guild Third National Conference (Post 2)

July 16, 2015

Tags: Self publishing, gender and sexuality on stage, The Color Purple, Bobby Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, juke box musicals, internet piracy, ASCAP, Linda Bloodworth-Thompson, John Logan, webseries, historical theater, diversity on stage, copyright, taxation, women writers

Well, today is the first day of the DG conference, and, as has been the case with their past conferences, this one is packed with great panels, workshops, and other activities all designed to help member playwrights, composers, and lyricists with the craft and business of writing for the theater. In fact, the biggest (more…)

Dramatists Guild Third National Conference (Post 1)

July 16, 2015

Tags: Dramatists Guild, Dramatists Guild Third National Conference, Stephen Schwartz, Doug Wright, Marsha Norman, Amanda Green, John Weidman, Lisa Kron, Hilton Torrey Pines, playwrights, composers, book writers, lyricists, agents, Samuel French, Dramatists Play Service, La Jolla

A question for playwrights, book writers, composers and lyricists: Where can you spend three days studying the craft of writing in intensive workshops and panels conducted by some of the top names in the theater? People like Stephen Schwartz, Doug Wright, Marsha Norman, Amanda Green, John Weidman, Lisa Kron, and a host of others.


Dramatists Fund Gala

October 30, 2014

Tags: Stephen Sondheim, Matthew Broderick, Charles Strouse, Dramatists Fund, Dramatists Guild, Sheldon Harnick, Terrence McNally, Hotel Edison, Times Square

Dramatists Fund Gala, Oct. 27, 2014
As always, the Dramatists Fund Gala was a fabulous evening of excellent food and great entertainment, not to mention the chance to catch up with old friends. Held in the Grand Ballroom of the Hotel Edison, in the middle of Times Square, on Oct 27, 2014, it was nice to see so many luminaries of the (more…)

Sad Good-Bye to WHEN ANGELS WEPT Fall 2013

October 29, 2013

Tags: New Lincoln Theatre, When Angels Wept

WHEN ANGELS WEPT Fall 2013 Company
Well, New Lincoln's Fall 2013 production of my play WHEN ANGELS WEPT closed the other day. Even though we knew all along we had to close Oct 27, to make way for a previously booked show in our performing space, it seems like our seven weeks flew right by.

I was extremely pleased with the production, (more…)

September 19, 2013

September 19, 2013

Tags: WHEN ANGELS WEPT, Press Opening, Script, Our Lady of the Angels School fire, Burns

Monday night's press opening for WHEN ANGELS WEPT was a huge success. Audiences laughed in all the right places and cried in all the right places. I am very proud of this production, which is bigger (because we have a larger performing space) and better than the March production. We have a great cast, too, who have really gotten into their characters, adding important shadings. And Gerald H. Bailey, who directed the March production (as well as the staged reading last year), did a really fine job bringing my script to life.
One important difference from March: (more…)

Selected Works

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.
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.