I'm wondering if anyone on this forum has experience in doing music for a stage production, and being sure it remains in the production. I was asked, a month ago, by a very dear and talented friend to participate in the creation of a stage play that would include songs as an important part of the production...not a "musical" in the normal sense, but rather a stage play that contains a fair group of mostly stand alone songs.
Initially, I understood that I'd be helping write the script at well, however, the backer (producer) did ask only my friend to create this project, and my friend decided to bring me in as a songwriter, and possible co-writer for the script. Since my friend lives across the country from me, I have already traveled to his place to work, spending several days getting some of the songs written (with him as a co writer) and we have more to write.
My friend's manager has reminded him that the producer initially asked only him to create this script, however my friend was more than willing to go out on a limb to include me in the process, and let his manager and the producer know that I was his sole choice as a songwriter for the project, based on his knowledge of my writing. However, since we are creating a group of stand alone songs for this project, rather than songs within a musical stage production, I'm aware that the songs COULD be removed at a later date, and dialog added to deliver their messages.
Is there any graceful way, with both my friend, and with the producer, to be sure that I don't spend this next year co-writing these songs, only to risk having them removed for the sake of the producer's wanting only my friend's well known name on the project? I'm in uncharted territory here!