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FAQ

What is an ePersual?

An ePerusal is an electronic perusal script. The PDF file contains links throughout the script that allow you to listen to every song in the show as you read along the entire script on your computer. It’s a great way to experience a show (for free!) before deciding whether it’s right for your organization. The PDF files will not allow you to print or photocopy the text. The perform any part of the material you must purchase a valid license.

What is in a Production Kit?

Every Production Kit includes an Actor Book, Director Book, Piano/Vocal Score, Accompaniment Tracks (backing tracks/orchestrations), Vocal Tracks (vocals with music), Copying License, Logo Pack and Video Recording License. Everything is provided as an electronic download except the Accompaniment CD and Vocal CD which are shipped to you separately (for US orders). (Non-US orders receive all materials electronically).

How do I buy a show?

Simply click the blue button “Order Production Kit” on the page of the show you’d like to purchase. You’ll be asked to fill out a form with information about your production. After you submit your request, an invoice and contract will be emailed to you. After you secure your payment, we’ll send out your production materials within 24 hours! Payment can be made by credit card, check or purchase order.

Do I need to pay a Royalty in addition to the Production Kit price?

Accredited US schools do not need to pay any additional royalty fees (the royalty fee is already included in the Production Kit price) as long as the performances take place within a one week period. Community theaters, private summer camps, participation fee based theater programs and other organizations are required to pay a “per performance” author royalty. The royalty for Journey of the Noble Gnarble and ‘Twas the Week After Christmas is $70/per performance. The royalty for all other shows is $90/per performance.

For example, a community theatre performing two shows of We Are Monsters would pay $299 + $180 = $479. A U.S. elementary school performing We Are Monsters would pay only $299.

Do I need to pay a Royalty if I don’t charge for tickets to the performance?

If you are an accredited school or city-sponsored/district wide summer program, you do not need to pay any additional royalty fees (the royalty fee is already included in the Production Kit price) as long as the performances take place within a one week period.

If you charge a participation/enrollment fee for actors to perform in the show, you are subject to “per performance” royalty even if you do not charge for tickets or only host a showcase at the end of your program.

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Why only nine shows?

More shows are coming. They are in the pipeline and have already premiered in New York City. We are busy arranging music, recording vocals, designing artwork and much more so our customers get a complete professional package.

Can I video record our performance?

Yes!  The Video Recording License allows you to make DVD copies for your cast and even upload and share on the internet. We know how much grandparents in California want to see little Timmy’s tour de force. Just promise us we won’t see bootleg DVDs showing up in NYC subways. :)

Can I make copies of the script?

Yes! When you purchase the show’s Production Kit you get a license to make as many copies as you need for your production. The free ePerusals are for, well perusal purposes only, to see if the show would be a good fit for your program and therefore cannot be printed or copied.

I’ve purchased and downloaded the Production Kit, but why can’t I read or print the script clearly?

AdobeReader is required to properly open the .pdf files. If the latest version is not installed on your computer, download it free at http://get.adobe.com/reader/

Why can’t I open the purchased script or songs on my iPhone or iPad?

You’ll first need to download the file to your computer, unzip it, then import it to your iPhone, iPod or iPad. Unfortunately you cannot “unzip” a .zip file from your portable Apple device.

 

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I don’t need the entire Production Kit, can I just buy the backing track to one song?

We offer select Singles of our most popular songs from our musicals available for purchase here. The standard kit includes a lyric sheet, piano vocal score, and a copying license. The deluxe kit includes the accompanying/backing track. Unfortunately we don’t allow “a la carte” purchases of the Production Kit.

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Who wrote these shows?

Professionally trained writers within New York City’s musical theatre writing community. Their works have been produced in major theaters in NYC and across the country. When they are not writing, you’ll most likely find them working as teaching artists for some of NYC’s most prestigious theatre organizations.

Can I submit a show I wrote to Beat by Beat?

Yes! We’re always on the look-out for new high-quality shows. We only accept musicals that have had full staged productions. The material should be appropriate for kids in elementary and middle school with large flexible casts. The show should have the music completed. We do not adapt straight plays or poems into musicals. If you have a popular published children’s book we will consider musical adaptations. If you are a graduate of the BMI Musical Theatre Workshop we encourage you to submit your musical. Submissions can not be returned. To submit a musical, email us at submission@bbbpress.com. Include the script, a synopsis, author bios, production history, and at least 3-4 MP3s of the songs.

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