Guides for Musicals, Plays, Operas & Operettas

110 in the Shade

The show’s protagonist is Lizzie, an older unmarried woman living in a drought-stricken Western town on a ranch with her family. The plot centers on her search for love and her choice between two suitors: Starbuck, a charismatic con man posing as a rainmaker who can bring rainfall to the drought-... read more

13 (Thirteen)

After 12-year-old Evan’s parents get divorced, he moves with his mother from New York City to Appleton, Indiana. Evan has been working hard preparing for his Bar Mitzvah, but all of his friends are back in New York. He is a total outsider in Appleton and desperately wants to befriend the popular... read more

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

An eclectic group of six-graders arrives at the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, each eager to win for very different reasons. Sweet and shy Olive brings only her best friend with her to the bee; Bold and hyperallergic speller William Barfee uses his “magic foot” to propel him to greatnes... read more

The 39 Steps

Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of Monty Python and you have the intriguing, thrilling, riotous and unmissable comedy. The show hurtles a notorious fugitive and a spellbound blonde from a London music hall north by northwest to Scotland’s most remote highlands. Will... read more

42nd Street

42nd Street tells the story of a humble, naïve young actress named Peggy Sawyer who has come to audition for a new Broadway musical,. Unfortunately, due to her nervousness, Peggy arrives to the audition late and misses her chance to join the chorus. Luckily, Peggy soon catches the eye of the famo... read more

70, Girls, 70

The show concerns a group of senior citizens living on New York's Upper West Side who learn that the long-term hotel they live in will be sold off to developers - making the seniors homeless. To save the hotel, the seniors form a ring of unlikely thieves, wreaking havoc in stores from Sadies' Sec... read more

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Jeff and Hunter, two self-confessed nobodies in New York, make a pact: They will write an original musical and submit it to a festival.  The only catch?  The deadline is in three weeks  They gather their two actress friends, Susan and Heidi, and their accompanist and music director, Larry, on the... read more

Abe Lincoln in Illinois

Abe Lincoln in Illinois is the story of the life of this great American president, before he actually becomes president. At a young age, Abraham Lincoln learns of the problems of sectionalism in the United States, and has a great desire to end it. Despite his bright mind and passion, Lincoln ru... read more

Abu Hassan

Deeply in debt to Omar, a moneylender, Abu Hassan and his wife come up with a scheme to fake their deaths in order to extract funeral money from the Caliph. Meanwhile, Omar tries to woo Hassan’s wife, Fatime, in exchange for canceling the debts. She gives him a noncommittal answer to evade his ad... read more

Accent on Youth

Successful playwright Stephen Gaye is stuck – he can’t seem to finish the play he is working on, about a man in his sixties who falls for a much younger woman. When his frumpy, shy young secretary suddenly declares her love for him, he finds inspiration and completes the work. In the second act,... read more