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Post Adding original song
Here's a question on the flip side of this coin. We are doing By Jeeves. I have seen a videotaped performance on Really Useful Group's Youtube channel. I prefer the version of "Love's Maze" on this performance to the one in the R&H score. Also, the R&H score leaves out the Wizard Rainbow Banjo Mix that is on the video performance and both OCR's.

Do you think either R&H or Really Useful Group would allow me to make these changes?

Thanks.


Thu Nov 19, 2009 10:42 am
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The best way to get an answer is to ask.

Id say it has to do with how fixed the changed version is to the current show. For an example I doubt youre alouded to do the original version of Mungojerrie and Rumpleteaser if youd do a Cats.

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

Even if its a great song adding and boosting greatly to the show it doesnt sound right. You can do a lot to add youre own feeling to a musical (cheorography and costumes included) but one thing you cant do is ading or changing the score. Cutting is another thing, esp in theathre play were you can cut out entire scenes to get the feeling you want in the play.

Let put it this way: If I have write a musical, would I like some one else to add to that, maybe changing the feeling I had in mind totataly? NO, but if some one wrote this score to me suggesting I add I might or might not give it a try regarding on how it changes the show.

And doing something on youre own, without the rightholders clearence is both rude and illegal.

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I think Phantom would be a better musical with a few more songs in it...


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windscreen wrote:
I think Phantom would be a better musical with a few more songs in it...


Please say you're joking.

I don't think it's a good idea, it's like you doing an incredible piece of work (novel, song, picture whatever) and someone swooping in and adding another scene/verse/tree. They would be spoiling your work for you and not allowing people to see the actual thing, you've been given the score and the play and therefore you have to respect it and do it justice. Adding things here and there isn't doing that, it would be implying the production isn't good enough without it in my opinion.


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Post Re: Adding original songs
This is kind of related, But would you be able to add "Falling in Love With Love" to Cinderella-Enchanted Edition?


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Here's the key: Sure, YOU think it's helping. The person who wrote the score, and/or holds rights to the piece as a complete entity, may not agree. And part of copyright, is having control over the integrity of your work as a named piece.

Let's say you write a novel. And someone at amazon.com reads the pre-copy and goes "hmm. This is okay, but it needs a new ending" and then modifies your novel to include the new ending in every copy it ships out. What are you so upset about? They just made it better....

You see what I'm getting at. That book, with your name, is your work, and you get to dictate what is and is not a part of it. Same applies here.

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