I'll also post this elsewhere in case not everyone has seen it here.
Acaila wrote:I haven't directed it yet, but I can perhaps offer some assistance.
Rights will usually depend on several factors - number of performances, size of auditorium and price of tickets. For a big license show like Les Mis, there will probably be additional restrictions such as a certain number of scores and such that you need to buy direct or rent from the license holder. They will also set restrictions on how you can market the show. You can find out these details by getting in touch with MTI with the sort of information described above and asking for a quote.
Raising the money will depend on your own company's background. Generally, places I have directed for have only done shows within their budget and make sure that previous productions fund future shows, so they don't need to fundraise especially. I would look carefully into that to see how you can balance things out. For that reason, it's certainly not something I would look at as a first production for a company.
When it comes to directing the show, it's not your job to create the set. You get a very very good capable set designer and explain your vision to him or her and get them to work out how it is done. A set designer will also know how to make set pieces safe and secure where necessary. A good director always uses the talent and knowledge of their team rather than trying to work stuff out themselves.
Costumes can be hired in many cases - a quick google should turn up places that you can hire complete sets of Les Mis costumes, though this always comes at a price. Personally, I would rather work with a good costume design team for a cheaper and more unique look, but that's my own preference as a director.
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