MUSIC THEATRE INTERNATIONAL is one of the world’s leading dramatic licensing agencies, protecting the rights and legacy of composers, lyricists and book writers. Our core business is issuing licenses and supplying scripts, musical materials, and other theatrical resources to schools and theatres, both amateur and professional around the world. With nearly 300 titles in the MTI catalogue including hits from the Broadway and London stage, musical revues, the Broadway Junior Collection and other youth musicals, MTI shows have been performed by 60,000 amateur and professional theatrical organizations throughout the US and in over 60 countries around the world.
Here at MTIShows.com you can browse our catalogue of shows, get information about our Theatrical Resources, order Perusals, apply for Licenses, find props,costumes and sets in our Community Rentals, see what other groups are doing in our Customer Showcase and much more! Every Showpage on our website includes complete song lists (most with sound clips), and detailed information about orchestrations, cast requirements, authors and plot synopses.
In 1952, Frank Loesser transformed a fledgling business into what is now known throughout the world as “MTI.” In the intervening years, Music Theatre International has become a leader in the theatrical
licensing industry, specializing in Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End musicals. Since its founding in 1952, MTI has been responsible for supplying scripts and musical materials to theatres worldwide and for protecting the rights and legacy of the authors who it represents.Whether it is the newest hit from the Broadway or London stage, or a timeless classic, MTI has been a driving force in cultivating new work and in extending the production life of the great American musicals such as, Guys and Dolls, West Side Story, Fiddler On The Roof, Les Misérables, Annie, Of Thee I Sing, Damn Yankees, The Music Man, Godspell, Little Shop Of Horrors, and the musical theatre collection of composer/lyricist Stephen Sondheim, among others.
Apart from the major Broadway and Off-Broadwayshows, MTI is proud to represent youth shows, revues and musicals which began life in regional theatre and have since become worthy additions to the musical theatre canon. Each year MTI licenses over 15,000 productions totaling more than 60,000 performances in the United States and Canada. The 45,000 amateur and professional theatrical organizations throughout the United States and Canada involve more than three million house holds each year in performances seen by more than twenty-five million audience members.Working with its sub-agents overseas, MTI has licensed productions in over sixty countries around the world. Whether it is a high school in Kansas, an all-female troupe in Japan or the first production of West Side Story ever staged in Estonia, productions of MTI musicals have touched the lives of hundreds of millions around the world.
MTI is particularly dedicated to the idea of theatre as education. Whether it’s the twelve thousand high schools who regularly perform our shows, or the many community and professional theatres whose outreach programs introduce new audiences to new works, MTI shares with these educators the goal of raising the next generation of theatre artists and audiences. MTI has taken a leading role in theatre education by creating the MTI Theatrical Resources, a “theatrical tool box” designed to help not only ensure the success of each musical production, but also to establish the study of musical theatre as a permanent part of the high school curriculum. These resources include: Study Guides designed to bring the study of specific shows into the classroom; Video Conversation Pieces™ featuring video seminars with artists such as Martin Sheldon Harnick, Stephen Sondheim and Susan Stroman discussing the creation of their shows from inception to production; and MTI Rehearscore™ which provide unlimited rehearsal accompaniment (and a remarkable new way to teach scores in class) via an easy-to-use, fully interactive computer program on disk. MTI also provides production slides, original Broadway logos, sound effects, key transpositions (piano conductor scores and orchestral parts) as well as TV Spots for promoting your production.
In 1998, as part of its educational initiative, MTI brought classic musical theatre to elementary and middle school-aged students with — The Broadway Junior Collection™. Broadway Junior is a complete package which includes a first-timer’s “How To” guide to producing Broadway’s most beloved and celebrated musicals — custom tailored to the needs of young people and schools. The Broadway Junior Collection™ provides condensed, author-approved versions of classic musicals like Annie, Guys and Dolls, Into The Woods,and Fiddler On The Roof and shows you how to make your musical the ultimate interdisciplinary teaching tool. We even include an orchestral performance CD to make rehearsals a snap. Since 1998 there have been more than 16,000 licensed Broadway Junior productions in elementary and middle schools throughout the United States and Canada. The success of The Broadway Junior Collection™ is perhaps best measured in the self-confidence, discipline, character, cooperation and self-esteem instilled in the children who have participated in Broadway Junior productions, as they master the diverse skills necessary to creating a musical.* We are building better citizens through musical theatre.
MTI is also a leader in providing materials to meet the increasing demand for symphonic arrangements of popular theatre music. The MTI Concert Library offers arrangements of selected songs, as well as full scores from Broadway shows.
The information contained in this web site contains detailed information on the musicals, revues and youth theatre works MTI represents. You’ll find everything from cast size,orchestral instrumentation, act and scene breakdowns to production istories, cast album information, major awards and critic’s quotes.
Musical theatre has developed into a universal language, with new and exciting works springing up from all over the globe. MTI is firmly committed to laying the groundwork and providing innovative products and services for the flourishing musical theatre community of the 21st century.