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Okay, whatever. One day when I am a famous stage director on Broadway (if it still exists one day) I will cast whatever race in whichever role I please. You can just not come see my shows.
Half-price tickets for everyone else! YAY!


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Sigh.

Thank you, ActingDude. :]

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Thank you, ActingDude. :]


The name's Keaton. :wink:

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Well, thank you Keaton. :]

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Disney-Bway27 wrote:
Well, thank you Keaton. :]


=D>

For some reason I have the strangest urge to call you Billy Elliot. :?: :lol:

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[quote="what_the_heck013"]Okay, whatever. One day when I am a famous stage director on Broadway (if it still exists one day) I will cast whatever race in whichever role I please. You can just not come see my shows.
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Actually you CAN'T. Some of the licensing houses have final casting approval. Dream on.


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GungaDin wrote:
Some of the licensing houses have final casting approval. Dream on.


'tis true. MTI won't let you cast any race as Benny other than an African-American. If you do otherwise you're violating your contract.

Some licensing companies get angry when you disrespect the writer or composer's original vision. After all, theatre is an art form. That'd be like walking up to the Mona Lisa and splashing grape juice on it.

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[quote="ActingDude17"][quote="GungaDin"]Some of the licensing houses have final casting approval. Dream on.[/quote]

'tis true. MTI won't let you cast any race as Benny other than an African-American. If you do otherwise you're violating your contract.

Some licensing companies get angry when you disrespect the writer or composer's original vision. After all, theatre is an art form. That'd be like walking up to the Mona Lisa and splashing grape juice on it.[/quote]

/\ /\ That's why they're there: to protect the original intents and visions of the authors/composers against so-called 'liberated' parites like 'what_the_heck013' who think they have free, unfettered rein to do whatever it is they want with somebody else's material.


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Disney-Bway27 wrote:
Well, thank you Keaton. :]


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For some reason I have the strangest urge to call you Billy Elliot. :?: :lol:


Haha, all my theatre friends say that. :D

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Race isn't a major theme in SOM, so I don't think it should matter what race Maria is. True, it is based on a true story, but so many things have been changed.

And people keep saying they would be disappointed if they paid a lot of money to see the production, but in this case it sounds like community theatre. I'm sure the tickets didn't cost THAT much.


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[quote="LookBehindTheFacade"]Race isn't a major theme in SOM, so I don't think it should matter what race Maria is. True, it is based on a true story, but so many things have been changed.

And people keep saying they would be disappointed if they paid a lot of money to see the production, but in this case it sounds like community theatre. I'm sure the tickets didn't cost THAT much.[/quote]

That's beside the point. You people don't get it, do you? When you put on a show with a record, you enter into a rental contract whereby for putting on the show, you are leased the script and the score and rights for a certain # of performances -- whether amateur or professional. There are terms in those contract that require you to, for the most part, respect the wishes and intents of the licensing organization WHO represent the estate of the original creators.

But with established shows like SOM, etc., you're supposed to know what you are renting. Whether 10% or 90% of is altered is beside the point. Plays and musicals are considered "intellectual property" and is protected by both local and international law.

I doubt very much the R&H Organization (which also represents all the Irving Berlin musicals) will let you make casting like that. Once they hear of it, they may suspend the license. And they have gotten 'cease and desist' orders from the courts to halt radically errant shows.

As for the price of tickets, that is determined by whether you are using some equity talent or not, AND well, you also get what you pay for. You buy a cheap cell phone, you get junk.

Why is it so hard to understand that there are certain rules one has to play by when you are performing somebody else's established material? If you want unlimited license to stage however you want a show, then write your own material -- and you can do whatever you want with it -- cast a thousand smelly goats, no one would care.


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Are there such rules for casting 'The Sound of Music?' Will the contract be revoked if a black Maria is cast?


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