How do you try to get a musical produced?
September 20, 2012 2:15 PM Subscribe
How do you shop around an original musical?
posted by DMelanogaster to media & arts (4 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I've written about 15 songs and have a script developing that connects them into a music theatre piece. When I'm finished writing, how do I present this piece to theatre companies?
This question comprises a few sub-questions:
(1) in what form should the musical be? that is, does it look like a play but with "Play such and such song here" in the proper places?
and in what form should these songs be? Would melody with chords (like a fake book) be appropriate? (given that I am not an arranger/orchestrator and, if produced, I would think there would be a musical director who would make some creative decisions about how the music should work-- not to mention probably budget considerations) or should there be an actual CD of the songs as performed by me with my guitar, or piano?
(I've been working with both Garageband for iPad and Ableton with my PC and could submit recordings, but they are not going to be at professional recording studio level).
(2) Whom would I contact at theatre companies (small ones, but I am in New York City so those are local to me)?
(3) Does anybody ever get paid for their work in this regard? (yes I know that a few people do, but should I ask for money?) Would I first see if there is any interest and then, if somebody wants to produce the work, hire somebody like an agent or something? a lawyer?
Any instructions, experiences, etc. much appreciated.