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  • For the record, I just took out a passage when adding credits from the DVD release of Elmo the Musical, accessible as a PDF file (that's becoming a trend with Sesame DVDs, allowing for fuller credits without having to pay someone to prepare a closing sequence, or to acknowledge all the season credits on 40 Years of Sunny Days). "The segment's theme song was composed by Adam Schlesinger and the lyrics were written by Joey Mazzarino, Belinda Ward, Christine Ferraro, Luis Santeiro, Annie Evans and Molly Boylan."

    I kept Schlesinger (who weirdly is omitted from the credits block) but the rest, I'm not sure about. They *are* all listed with ASCAP and when the theme was nominated for an Emmy. *But* six lyricists for such a short theme feels a bit odd, and it's everyone credited as a writer/lyricist *except* John Weidman (as Enrique has found, several composers and lyricists aren't credited, here or in the Season 43 crawl). The main reasons I question it, while we normally accept ASCAP listings, are the sheer numbers and because I was re-reading Street Gang. The book analyzes the authorship of the Sesame Street Theme, revealing that for the lyrics, Bruce Hart was assigned. But Jon Stone had instructed him to include the phrases "Every door will open wide" and "Can you tell me how to get to Sesame Street," so he added his own name below Hart's on the composition paper before it was registered. *Then* Joe Raposo added his name for lyrics, "after making a slight adjustment in a musical phrase." This was all for reasons of residuals. In the case of the writers, the six registered seem to be the core group who developed "Elmo the Musical" as a concept and the lyrics seem to reflect different concepts that came up in that period. So, this is just my theory, for that reason and so they'd get residuals (since they're lyrics wouldn't be in every segment aired, but if they had their names on the theme, it wouldn't matter), it was registered that way. Davis talks about other examples (Jon Stone claimed he made lyric suggestions for "Bein' Green" and should have been included but Joe Raposo left his name off when registering and Stone hadn't bothered to change the sheet that time).

    So this all may sound picky, but right now they're all listed in the credits block, so they're still being acknowledged. We may never know who actually wrote the exact lyrics used in the final song (for once, the ASCAP entry read more like it does for a WGA script, where the final screen credit depends in large part on who's a member and contract stipulations and rules and not how much of whose writing actually made it to air, and in the past, as revealed by TV writer Mark Evanier and others, for TV shows which *didn't* use the Sesame style one block per season but had episode specific credits, sometimes writers had their names on episodes they had nothing to do with, because only so many names could be included and it was their "turn" per the regulations). If there is a feeling that it should be re-added, I'd like to qualify it as "the lyricists are registered as," just because this is unusual. It's still *not* impossible that each of the six contributed a phrase that made it into the final song, but it might just be a single word, or it might be nothing at all. So I'd feel better if we qualified it in this case, until we could check directly with one of the writer/lyricists to ask about the process

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