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Notes and links for the podcast.
The Merchant of Venice – The Broadhurst Theatre
Elf – Al Hirschfeld Theatre
Broadway builds ‘Elf’ esteem
Adaptation aims to be a gift that keeps on giving
By ROBERT HOFLER
Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown – Belasco Theatre
The Pee-Wee Herman Show – Stephen Sondheim Theatre
A follow up with last week’s discussion of Porgy & Bess
Listener Jack Lechner teaches copyright and public domain as part of his NYU film class, and wanted to clarify the situation as it pertains to PORGY AND BESS.
U.S. copyright law says that anything published before 1/1/1923 is in the public domain. (Examples: the Bolton-Wodehouse-Kern shows, or George M. Cohan, or the early Irving Berlin.) Anything published between 1923 and 1977 is copyrighted for 95 years from publication, assuming that all the correct forms were filled out at the correct times. So:
PORGY AND BESS (1935) will enter the public domain in 2030.
DuBose Heyward’s novel PORGY (1925) will enter the public domain in 2020; and the straight play version (1927) in 2022.
OKLAHOMA! (1943) will enter the public domain in 2038.
The next batch of shows to enter the public domain will be the crop of 1923 (e.g. POPPY) — in 2018.
The entrance music is “We Open in Venice” from the original cast recording of Kiss Me, Kate, and the exit music is “In Buddy’s Eyes” from the original cast recording of Follies.