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July 15 2009

Free Revival Screening of OMWF! The El Cid Lounge is showing the Buffy Musical this Saturday in California, courtesy of Hollywood Outdoor Cinema.

The restaurant on Sunset Boulevard has limited seating, so be sure to RSVP if you're in the area and plan on going.

Does this mean that Fox is now making licenses available for screenings of OMWF?
Well, they pretty much have been since not long after the door shut. They've just seem to have been doing it carefully, on a case-by-case basis.
I could be wrong but didn't the sing-a-longs sell tickets? This one is free so I think that as long as no one is making money from the screening it doesn't matter.
I'm sure there are folks with more knowledge than I, but last time I heard, even if it's free they need a public performance license.
Yes, they still technically need a license, and non-profit and/or fundraising events have tended to able to get them.
Note that the recent Toronto screenings of OMWF sold tickets ($10 each). Also it wasn't a charity screening either, just part of the Toronto's Fringe Festival.

All 3 nights in Toronto played to sold out crowds. I tried to get tickets for the last night it was playing, but only showed up 30 minutes before tickets went on sale and there were easily more people in line than tickets available. The line-up stretched all down the block and around the corner of where the cinema was. Apparently people started lining up 4 hours before tickets went on sale!!

If anyone is interested, here's a short review of the Toronto show from Eye Weekly and another review from Torontoist which includes the 12 year old who played Spike (which apparently played up for big laughs).

I'm hoping that since it was such a success that they do more Toronto shows in the future.
The festival itself, however, is a non-profit operation. Free shows and shows that are part of non-profit events (film festivals, Comic-Con, etc.) are what have been getting the licenses. It isn't the sale of tickets that sends up red flags.
Interesting, as I wasn't aware that Toronto's Fringe Festival was non-profit. However, looking into their website the reason they are non-profit is because: "Participants receive 100% of the ticketed box office receipts for their performances". Still if it was the festival that applied for the license, the fact that they were non-profit might have been enough to be approved.

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