I've always been curious about this. When a director wants to alter something in script, how do they go about getting permission?
I'm specifically thinking of productions like the Fiasco's INTO THE WOODS, which eliminated the character of the Narrator and the Regents Park production which had the Witch sing "new" lyrics in "Children Will Listen."
("What do you say to your child in the night..." And yes, I know they're not new lyrics, just unused lyrics from an earlier draft of the song.)
Does one just write to MTI explaining the requested change and reason? To the authors themselves? Are these sorts of requests granted often? (I can't imagine that they are...)
Any insights or first-hand knowledge of this practice?