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THE BOOK OF MERMAN is Now Available for Licensing

Steele Spring Stage Rights, the licensing company that represents The Marvelous Wonderettes, has just acquired the licensing and theatrical performance rights to the hit Off-Broadway parody musical mash-up about a pair of Mormon missionaries and their attempt to convert their unsuspecting target, musical theatre legend Ethel Merman!

Leo Schwartz (Music, Lyrics, Co-Book) is a multi-disciplined and award-winning composer of stage and screen. His musical Till, about Emmett and Mamie Till, won the Mainstreet Musical Theatre Festival in 2016. His musical Under a Rainbow Flag won the Joseph Jefferson Award for Best New Work in 2013. His musical song cycle, We the People-Songs of the Resistance, was premiered by Flying Elephant Productions in January of 2018 in Chicago. His works have been performed in Europe, New York Musical Theatre Festival, York Theatre and across the United States. He is executive director of Flying Elephant Productions and his work can be heard and seen at

DC Cathro (Co-Book) is a playwright, actor, and director from the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. His musical Till, written with award-winning composer Leo Schwartz, was one of three winners in the 2016 Main Street Musicals Festival, selected by Gregory Mosher. In 2014, he became the only playwright to have two shows in the Pride Films and Plays Festival in Chicago, IL: Pen, A Musical (also written with Schwartz) and Family Holiday. D.C.'s works have been performed and read at theaters and festivals across the U.S., including The William Inge Festival in Independence, Kansas; The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.; and Greenhouse Ensemble Theatre in New York City.

Stage Rights is thrilled to add this musical to its ever-growing catalog. The theatrical publisher is no stranger to popular Off-Broadway fare with The Marvelous Wonderettes in the third year of its revival run at the Kirk Theatre. Its stable of musicals has also expanded to include such dynamic shows as the Little Women-inspired My Jo, the toe-tapping bio-musical Yankee Doodle Dandy!, and the fish-and-chips-out-of-water comedy, God Save Queen Pam. For more information on The Book of Merman or other titles licensed by Stage Rights, please visit or call 323-739-0413.

Based in Los Angeles and founded in 2000, Stage Rights is one of the foremost independent theatrical publishers in the United States, providing stage performance rights for a wide range of plays and musicals to theater companies, schools, and other producing organizations across the country and internationally. As a licensing agent, Stage Rights is committed to providing each producer the tools they need for financial and artistic success. Stage Rights is dedicated to the future of live theatre, offering special programs that champion new theatrical works.

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