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From Kimberly Ward in Montpelier, VT, USA:
Hello, Nan: I am so excited to see you have a sight on line because I am directing The Scarlet Pimpernel this summer and in distress about the shortening of the number "The Scarlet Pimpernel." I realize from reading up that the show was revamped several times and that the full version of "The Scarlet Pimpernel" was shortened to just a tiny scene change number. I have talked with Tams-Witmark's musical department and they say the older, longer version is not available through them. Is there some other way the rights/orchestral music could be acquired? I have such a vision of the larger number, and so many more chorus members would be engaged in it, that I am hoping there's a way...

Thursday, 22 April 2004

Dear Kimberly,

Sorry for the delay in answering your question. I'm afraid I know of no way to get a hold of the orchestral score for Pimpernel. However, you could contact Tams-Witmark, the company which controls the licensing for the show. As for the first version of the title song, it does exist - it is in the original Broadway sheet music book. However, using it is also not something you could do without the express permission of Tams-Witmark. Essentially, there is now one official version of Pimpernel, and doing any other version would be restricted or prevented by Tams-Witmark. Thankfully, it's also my favorite of all the versions. I wish you luck with your production.


    Related Link:

    The Broadway Songbook, which contains the song "The Scarlet Pimpernel", is available from Amazon.com. Purchasing link provided in association with Amazon.com

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