Cyrano. Photo courtesy of Toho, HoriPro and Fuji Television

Cyrano. Photo courtesy of Toho, HoriPro and Fuji Television

Since its formation in the 1950′s, MTI has been, and continues to be an ambassador for the American Musical at home and abroad. While the majority of MTI’s licensing occurs within the United States, we have also licensed shows in over 60 countries across the world. Each new overseas production is a chance to view this uniquely American art-form through a different cultural lens.

Highlights from MTI’s 2009 foreign-based productions include:

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Photo courtesy of Pasona

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Photo courtesy of Pasona

JAPAN- Productions of Fiddler on the Roof, Cyrano, Urinetown, Sunday in the Park with George, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and Jane Eyre are just a few of the recent Broadway hits that will enamor audiences in Tokyo. In addition, the Chicago production of Xanadu is currently at a limited-run engagement in Tokyo at the Akasaka Act Theater before returning for its first US tour.

Jane Eyre. Photo courtesy of Shochiku

Jane Eyre. Photo courtesy of Shochiku

Sunday in the Park with George. Photo courtesy of Parco

Sunday in the Park with George. Photo courtesy of Parco

MEDITERRANEAN- The 2008 Tony-Award Winning hit Spring Awakening was such a success on the African-coastal island of Malta that extra performances were added to the limited run. For more information click here.

Disney's High School Musical 2. Photo courtesy of GUAM Gate

Disney’s High School Musical 2. Photo courtesy of GUAM Gate

SOUTH PACIFIC- High School Musical 2 crossed the Pacific last month and the 132-member cast excited over 4,000 audience members at Guam Public School’s GATE Theatre. Additional performances were added due to its enormous popularity. For more information click here.

UNITED KINGDOM- On Saturday evening April 11th 2009 the audience at the Queen’s Theatre (London) was not the only one to hear a song fromĀ  Les Miserables. On the competitive television show, Britian’s Got Talent , Susan Boyle was made internationally famous with her rendition of the iconic love ballad “I Dreamed a Dream”.

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    Ravi Raj Sagar May 8, 2009 at 4:25 am

    Very interesting to see american musical productions in japan and arab. Were these in the local language?

    Jay K May 8, 2009 at 1:35 pm

    The Japanese productions were in the native language (not Xanadu, though- that’s the tour), but the one in Malta was in English.

    Geno May 17, 2009 at 9:25 pm

    i loved the HSM2 on guam it was so good i wish it would show again

    Nikki May 23, 2009 at 10:37 pm

    The HSM2 in Guam was awesome!
    The leads sounds the same as the real star.
    I love it!

    Ravi Raj Sagar February 19, 2010 at 12:15 am

    I would like to do some of your musicals in Hindi in India. How can that be facilitated?

    KatH February 19, 2010 at 2:11 pm

    We’re really excited you’re interested in that! I’ve sent your question on to someone who will be able to help, so check back here and you should have a response soon.

    MarcusW March 1, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    International Licensing

    The musical theatre is no longer the province of New York, London and the English speaking world

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