54 Sings Memphis

Last night we returned to Feinsteins/54 Below for 54 Sings Memphis and what an absolute treat it was. Several original Broadway cast members returned with some new talent and what transpired was nothing short of a celebration. This Tony Award®-winning Best Musical remains poignant today, as we follow the cultural friction of Memphis’ underground dance clubs in the 1950’s as radio jockey Huey Calhoun falls for singer Felicia Farrell in a time when their interracial relationship was hardly celebrated. Tony nominee Chad Kimball returned to the role he created and Huey still fits like a glove. Felicia Boswell, who starred in the First National Tour, was Felicia Farrell and original Broadway cast member Cass Morgan brought Mama back to life.

TRW’s 2018-2019 Season Planner

We’re here to help you every step of the way in choosing your next show with the best collection of contemporary Broadway and West End musicals in the business. From our New York City Headquarters to our London Office to every corner of the world, TRW’s knowledgeable and friendly licensing agents are ready to serve your production needs.

Our catalogue of major musicals continued to grow with the addition of several blockbusters in 2017. New titles will be announced throughout 2018, along with the lifting of restrictions on some titles. New for 2018-19 are BRIGHT STAR, a new Tony Award-winning edition of THE COLOR PURPLE, FLASHDANCE, and the West End’s THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS. For the U.K., GREASE has been released from restrictions and is now fully available!

Favorite “Pulled” Performances

Who doesn’t love Wednesday Addams? I was smitten from the moment she ruined the summer camp play in Addams Family Values. When the Addams clan made the jump to the theatrical stage, Andrew Lippa’s song of teenage emotional blossoming rocketed from Chicago, to Broadway, to any mix-belters’ repertoire book you could find in any audition holding room. “Pulled” is a very difficult song to sing. I think much of the role is difficult to sing, but that’s exactly what makes a great performance all the more delicious. The most climatic moments of the song lie right on the female passaggio (or break between chest voice/head voice) which means it takes not only a brassy belt or a gorgeous head voice but a marriage of the two. But musicals are about so much more than a great voice singing a song on stage.

The Showtunes of Love

It’s that magical time of year when we have to find just the right gift for our special someone for Valentine’s Day or you celebrate the 15th of February and treat yourself to bags and bags of clearance candy. No matter which day you choose to celebrate, both days are about that one special word: Love. Those of us that have a fondness for musical theatre know there’s no shortage of romantic songs that grace our stages. Here’s a little sampling of some favorites that leave us with the warm and fuzzies.

The Making of Young@Part®

The Young@Part® collection is comprised of 45 to 75 minute adaptations of popular musicals from the TRW catalogue designed to provide a rich dramatic and musical experience for elementary and middle-school aged kids. On the verge of launching two new Young@Part® titles, we sat down with Fred Stuart, Chief Creative Officer at TRW, to learn about the thoughtful development process that goes into each carefully crafted show.

Big Fish Texas All State Show

BIG FISH at #ThesFest16

Based on the celebrated novel by Daniel Wallace and the acclaimed film directed by Tim Burton, BIG FISH centers on Edward Bloom, a traveling salesman who lives life to its fullest… and then some! Edward’s incredible, larger-than-life stories thrill everyone around him – most of all, his devoted wife Sandra. But their son Will, about to have a child of his own, is determined to find the truth behind his father’s epic tales.

Overflowing with heart, humor and spectacular stagecraft, BIG FISH is an extraordinary new Broadway musical that reminds us why we love going to the theatre – for an experience that’s richer, funnier and BIGGER than life itself.

Check out photos from the Texas All State production at the 2016 International Thespian Festival in Lincoln, NE. Photos by R. Bruhn.

THE COLOR PURPLE Revival Reviews

The reviews are in and the word is out! See what the critics had to say about the 2015 revival of THE COLOR PURPLE.

“For the first time in its long history of dramatization, ‘The Color Purple’ has been afforded an incarnation fully in sync with one crucial aspect of Walker’s original authorial intent — that the audience must participate in the imaginative act in order to comprehend its richness of theme and story. And, in this production, first seen at the Menier Chocolate Factory in London, so they do. Willingly. Delightedly. When they are not rising to their feet to stop the show.” – Chicago Tribune

“The current version is a slim, fleet-footed beauty, simply attired and beguilingly modest. Don’t be deceived, though, by its air of humility. There’s a deep wealth of power within its restraint.” – The New York Times

Land a Big Catch with Daniel Wallace at Your Production of BIG FISH!

TRW is proud to offer the exciting opportunity to have Daniel Wallace, the author of the novel BIG FISH, at your production. He is the only person who has been involved in the story since its inception: from the book, to the film, to the Broadway production. His insights are sure to provide a unique perspective for your theatre. If you are interested in having Daniel Wallace at your production, please email Trinity at info@tuesdayagency.com for booking details. We hope that you will jump on this opportunity to share a truly memorable experience with your patrons and audience members alike.

Based on the celebrated novel by Daniel Wallace and the acclaimed film directed by Tim Burton, BIG FISH centers on Edward Bloom, a traveling salesman who lives life to its fullest… and then some!

Get Inside the BIG FISH score with Andrew Lippa

Broadway composer and lyricist Andrew Lippa recently took time to make an engaging, informative and inspiring video guide to the musical score of BIG FISH. Whether you have already licensed this brilliant show, or are considering it for your next musical, you can spend a few minutes with the composer, as he offers us a very accessible tour of the themes and styles of this magical musical.

Click the video below and share Andrew’s approachable, charming, humorous and very effective exploration of how music and words combine to move this irresistible story ever forward. If you are planning a production of the show, this is an invaluable tool. If you haven’t booked your production of BIG FISH yet, this quick master class with a gifted Broadway writer will inspire you to bring this beautiful new Broadway show to your community.

Choosing Your Next Round of Shows

Selecting your next show or full season, is an exciting, inspiring time for your whole organization. Careful consideration of a title’s audience appeal, technical and design requirements, casting challenges and other concerns make choosing shows an art unto itself.

While the need to consistently achieve high ticket sales is a common theme, artistic directors and producers try to select titles that will connect with their communities as well. Considering stories that will take their communities on new musical adventures together. In the educational and community theatre arena, the experience of the student or volunteer actors and techies is as important as the outcome of the show.

We’ve selected nine Broadway musicals, available for licensing for 2015-16, that can help inform your choice.