MCT’s special Miracle began in 1982 when the newly formed group wanted a holiday play. Two of the co-founders, Peter Troxell and Rita Wadsworth, dashed off a script for Miracle on 34th Street. The play was a great success, and MCT subsequently produced the show in 1983, 1984, 1987, 1992 and 1994.
Through Peter Troxell’s efforts, in March 1995 MCT reached an agreement with members of Valentine Davies’ family, granting MCT permission to publish and produce the play.
In February 1996, Phyllis Macy, a long-time active MCT-er, arranged for The Dramatic Publishing Company to publish and license others to produce MCT’s adaptation of Miracle on 34th Street. MCT received its first royalty payment in February 1998. Our Miracle began to pay off. MCT mounted its 7th production of the play in December 2002.
Then, in May 2003, The Dramatic Publishing Company stopped publishing and licensing the play, due to a dispute with 20th Century Fox regarding MCT’s right to create, publish, license, and perform the adaptation. Accordingly, MCT stopped receiving royalties from the publication and could no longer perform the play.
In 2008 the next part of MCT’s Miracle occurred. Peter Gelblum, a long-time theater person AND a skilled attorney moved to the neighborhood and became active in MCT. He decided to look into the matter.
After a very lengthy process, in September 2010, Peter and his brother Seth negotiated an agreement between MCT and 20th Century Fox that reinstated MCT’s right to publish, license, and perform MCT’s adaptation, now called Miracle on 34th Street, The Play.
Once again, MCT began receiving royalties and we were able to present our Miracle, which we did in 2010 and 2012. Most fittingly, Peter Gelblum played Kris Kringle. (Read the Press Banner article).
Groups wishing to perform Miracle on 34th Street, the Play may obtain the rights to do so via The Dramatic Publishing Company.