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How would one go about adding a song that a production staff member has written into an already established score?

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Due to performance rights it would be extremely difficult to do legally.

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How would one go about adding a song that a production staff member has written into an already established score?


Why would anyone even do that? It's rude and tasteless.

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Apples2for10 wrote:
How would one go about adding a song that a production staff member has written into an already established score?


Why would anyone even do that? It's rude and tasteless.


How is it 'rude and tasteless'? It's no different than a composer adding a song to his own show at the last minute. I can think of a handful of good shows that are lacking key character defining moments that, if included, would make the show even better.

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Dvarg wrote:
Apples2for10 wrote:
How would one go about adding a song that a production staff member has written into an already established score?


Why would anyone even do that? It's rude and tasteless.


How is it 'rude and tasteless'? It's no different than a composer adding a song to his own show at the last minute. I can think of a handful of good shows that are lacking key character defining moments that, if included, would make the show even better.


It's rude and tasteless because it's illegal. Of course it's different from a composer adding a song to his own show at the last minute. In that situation, the composer added a song to his own piece. It was authorized. In the situation you propose, you're adding something to an already written, established work of art, that's not even the composer's. What are you going to do next, doodle over the Mona Lisa? To be perfectly honest it's no different.

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I don't think it's "rude and tasteless" because it's illegal - if it were legal I still think it would be a questionable act.

I think the Mona Lisa analogy is a good example, or maybe adding scenes to a Shakespeare play..it just doesn't seem 'right'.

Though the differences between these cases and the OP is that people may claim these works can't/don't need to be 'improved'. Even if it is a poor show I think it still seems 'wrong' though..

But I suppose it is pointless going on about it, the answer to the OP question was you can't really.


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Your best bet is to write to the licensing agent and inquire about it. While you are likely to be told absolutely not, there are a few smaller companies that may consider it.

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What are you going to do next, doodle over the Mona Lisa?


She could use bigger jugs.

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Your best bet is to write to the licensing agent and inquire about it. While you are likely to be told absolutely not, there are a few smaller companies that may consider it.


What 'smaller companies' do you have in mind?

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You might have a chance if it's something really low key like Pioneer Drama or Eldridge. But even then, it's just a snowball's chance in hell rather than a complete impossibility.

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She could use bigger jugs.




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Apples2for10 wrote:
How is it 'rude and tasteless'? It's no different than a composer adding a song to his own show at the last minute.


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It's rude and tasteless because it violates the integrity of the piece.

Of course it a fundamental difference between adding ones own song to someone elses work and a composer adding a song to his own work.

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Beagle On Stage wrote:
She could use bigger jugs.

You win in life for this!


That was indeed a great quote. :lol:

But yes, I agree with dolbinau that even if the show is inherently bad it's just not right to tamper with it.

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