TUTS

alliez92092
Broadway Legend
joined:2/11/06
TUTS "Hardbody" Unauthorized Changes
Posted: 6/20/14 at 11:08am
The artistic director of Houston's Theatre Under the Stars made unauthorized changes to their current production of "Hands on a Hardbody," and Howard Sherman has outlined the circumstances in great detail. A great read, and super infuriating. It is not the job of a director to be a playwright, no matter what.

http://www.hesherman.com/2014/06/20/rebuilding-hardbody-at-a-houston-chop-shop/
dexter3
Stand-by
joined:9/13/08
TUTS
Posted: 6/20/14 at 11:22am
When will directors learn that not only is it tacky and disrespectful, but it's illegal to change a musical that isn't in the public domain.

Remember that crazy Towson University director who changed the ending of Rent at her school?? This TUTS director seems almost as delusional as her.

http://www.thetowerlight.com/2011/04/%E2%80%98rent%E2%80%99s%E2%80%99-scipt-edits-violate-copyright/

Updated On: 6/20/14 at 11:22 AM
FindingNamo
Broadway Legend
joined:7/22/03
TUTS
Posted: 6/20/14 at 11:23am
"Remember that crazy Towsend University director who changed the ending of Rent at her school??"

It's because she *lived* it.
'Let me never fall into the vulgar mistake of dreaming that I am persecuted whenever I am contradicted.' -- RW Emerson
neonlightsxo
Broadway Star
joined:7/29/08
TUTS
Posted: 6/20/14 at 11:24am
So weird. If you don't like the show in its licensed version, don't do it. Simple.
Patti LuPone FANatic
Broadway Legend
joined:3/4/06
TUTS
Posted: 6/20/14 at 11:34am
This artistic director's arrogance is incredible! I hope the Board of Directors of TUTS have a serious discussion with this person. Shame on TUTS!
Susan Haskins (Theatre Talk): "I love children. That's why I work with Michael (Riedel)."
Kad
Broadway Legend
joined:11/5/05
TUTS
Posted: 6/20/14 at 11:55am
I'm surprised a theatre as well-known as TUTS would allow this to occur.
GilmoreGirlO2
Broadway Star
joined:4/13/05
TUTS
Posted: 6/20/14 at 12:04pm
I'm surprised a theatre as well-known as TUTS would allow this to occur.

This is my reaction, too. They are well-known enough that many involved should have known that these changes wouldn’t fly under the radar. As this was being rehearsed…did no one, whether on the production team or the cast, question whether they were allowed to implement these changes? They seem pretty extreme (considering the reordering changes the structure of when contestants lose the contest) and it’s hard for me to understand how so many people went along with it (I understand he is the artistic director, but still). Unless he acted like he was going to (or already had) notify the writers.

It’s clear that he thought he was smarter than the authors and didn’t want a to take a chance that they might say no to his ideas before he even got it staged. He was also big-headed enough to believe that his changes were so brilliant that, after seeing it, the authors would forgive and forget (and, perhaps he wished, fall at his feet in gratitude for “fixing” their show).
Adair Haywind
Featured Actor
joined:4/2/14
TUTS
Posted: 6/20/14 at 12:05pm
The authors should sue immediately.

Updated On: 6/20/14 at 12:05 PM
Kad
Broadway Legend
joined:11/5/05
TUTS
Posted: 6/20/14 at 12:24pm
I think those involved with the show either: A) were not familiar with the show and may not even have known changes occurred, or B) assumed such large changes were cleared.

The artistic director should step down, if this is how he approaches putting on shows. Whether or not the show in question "works" or "is good" is irrelevant.
HenryTDobson
Stand-by
joined:1/5/13
TUTS
Posted: 6/20/14 at 12:48pm
While it's (of course) awful to illegally change a show like this, it's incredibly stupid to do it when you KNOW that the authors will be there opening night.
Hackasaurus_Rex
Understudy
joined:12/31/12
TUTS
Posted: 6/20/14 at 12:57pm
I think it is hilarious/ disheartening that the director feels the the order of the numbers is arbitrary... As if these writers just took all the scenes and songs, put them on index cards, threw them against a wall, and said, "There's the show!." Actually it's more than hilarious, it is frightening that at a place that is supposedly so prestigious there is this level of equal parts ignorance and arrogance toward the writing process. What a tool.
Marlothom
Broadway Star
joined:4/13/04
TUTS
Posted: 6/20/14 at 12:58pm
I've heard of many productions of A Chorus Line that change the people that make it at the end.
"Observe how bravely I conceal this dreadful dreadful shame I feel."
WhizzerMarvin TrinaJasonMendel
Broadway Legend
joined:5/26/05
TUTS
Posted: 6/20/14 at 12:59pm
To be fair, Kyle and Cousin Debbie put all the songs and scenes of Hit List on index cards and moved them around a bulletin board until they found the right order, so it CAN be done that way too!
Marie: Don't be in such a hurry about that pretty little chippy in Frisco. Tony: Eh, she's a no chip!
Hackasaurus_Rex
Understudy
joined:12/31/12
TUTS
Posted: 6/20/14 at 01:06pm
Excellent point, Whizzer!
JoeKv99
Broadway Legend
joined:12/27/04
TUTS
Posted: 6/20/14 at 01:23pm
Well, the show didn't work on Broadway the way they wrote it. Maybe moving stuff around would help?
No good can possibly come from using this vast wasteland of error and deliberate deceit. You should get off of it and warn others away. You should make sure your children and grandchildren know what a corrupt and morally bankrupt institution it truly is.
Jordan Catalano
Broadway Legend
joined:10/9/05
TUTS
Posted: 6/20/14 at 01:25pm
Just because a show fails to find an audience, doesn't mean it doesn't "work". The show worked extremely well the way that it was written.
tazber
Broadway Legend
joined:5/10/05
TUTS
Posted: 6/20/14 at 01:31pm
I'm also a fan of the show.

I'm still surprised it didn't fare better on Broadway.
....but the world goes 'round
Jordan Catalano
Broadway Legend
joined:10/9/05
TUTS
Posted: 6/20/14 at 01:41pm
I'll always think that one was a true victim to horrible marketing.
tobiasragg
Broadway Legend
joined:7/17/06
TUTS
Posted: 6/20/14 at 01:42pm
I also liked the show very much on Broadway. I'm not shocked it didn't last longer but I was a fan. Anyone seen a song list from the TUTS production? I'm intensely curious as to what the final TUTS product looked like.
"Bring down my things. I'm going out of this world exactly the way I came in to it: wearing a hat." - Colleen Donaghy, "30 Rock" -- "The choice may have been mistaken, the choosing was not."
Wilmingtom
Broadway Star
joined:7/18/11
TUTS
Posted: 6/20/14 at 01:55pm
It's like renting a car. It's someone else's property and you can't paint it orange on a whim. Lumpkin knows better but ego and hubrus often get the best of him. A smart producer approaches the authors before liensing the show to see if there might be any wiggle room in the material. If you license and announce the production before approaching the authors, then you must be prepared to present it as written in the event the authors are not agreeable to your suggestions. Thus it has always been in the theater.
rjm516
Broadway Star
joined:6/24/09
TUTS
Posted: 6/20/14 at 02:31pm
To comments above, it doesn't matter if a show isn't 'good' as written; that still doesn't give anyone the right to illegally try to 'fix' it.

And, if he is violating contractual obligations and licensing agreements of at least one show, and the Dramatists Guild knows, why isn't he being sued? He's just being reported? Maybe? What would ever keep any other director from doing the same if there is nothing really stopping them? aghhh.
LizzieCurry
Broadway Legend
joined:3/7/05
TUTS
Posted: 6/20/14 at 03:49pm
Wow. Update on Howard Sherman's blog: cease and desist!

http://www.hesherman.com/2014/06/20/rebuilding-hardbody-at-a-houston-chop-shop/
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songanddanceman2
Broadway Legend
joined:8/31/06
TUTS
Posted: 6/20/14 at 03:56pm
Good on them for pulling the rights, feel bad for the cast though
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CurtainPullDowner
Broadway Legend
joined:11/4/04
TUTS
Posted: 6/20/14 at 04:20pm
tut, tut....
Mr. Nowack
Broadway Star
joined:2/2/14
TUTS
Posted: 6/20/14 at 04:40pm
Wow, that is some of the most brazen ignorance of basic licensing procedures I have ever heard! And the snooty attitude when he was apprehended by the authors! Truly shameful. Too bad his poor overseeing had to put the work of all those involved to waste canceling the last few performances. It'll no doubt tarnish the reputation of TUTS as a whole too.
I was previously known as Mr. Nowak (Joined: 5/20/13).
Wee Thomas2
Leading Actor
joined:2/28/12
TUTS
Posted: 6/20/14 at 04:42pm
You can still by tix to tonight's show on their website through the tickets link, although the front page of their site does not list the show.

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