Guides for Musicals, Plays, Operas & Operettas

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Bring Back Birdie

Bring Back Birdie is the sequel to one of the great musicals of all time - Bye Bye Birdie. The show takes place twenty years after the events depicted in Bye, Bye Birdie and focuses on Albert and Rose trying to bring back Conrad Birdie for a guest appearance on a Grammy Awards Show. read more

Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story

Buddy is a bio-musical about the legendary Buddy Holly. The story concerns Buddy's start in the music business as the lead singer for a Country & Western band, his marriage to a Puerto Rican receptionist after a courtship of five hours, his trials and tribulations as a solo artist and finally h... read more

Doctor Dolittle

Based on the stories of Hugh Lofting and the hit movie starring Eddie Murphy, the musical concerns the classic tale of a wacky but kind Doctor who can talk to animals. The show takes the audience on a journey from the small English village of Puddleby-in-the-Marsh to the far corners of the world... read more

Floyd Collins

In the winter of 1925 in Cave City, Kentucky, every man dreams of finding the biggest, most beautiful cave in the region and turning it into a spectacular tourist attraction. But, no one dreams quite so big as brave and daring Floyd Collins. Despite his poor luck as a caver, Floyd is certain he’... read more

Forever Plaid

High school pals Sparky, Jinx, Smudge, and Francis -- the “Plaids” -- are talented “guy group” -- just four nice young men who love singing harmony. They practice in the basement of Smudge’s family’s plumbing supply company, play proms and department stores, and dream about success. When the Pl... read more

The Frogs

The plot concerns a frog-infested journey by the elderly juvenile, Dionysos, accompanied by his slave, Xanthias, to Hades. The two men are in search of a famous writer who will help them save the world from destruction read more

Mack & Mabel

Mack and Mabel deals with the complex relationship between Max Sennet, a temperamental, workaholic film director and Mabel Normand, a waitress who became one of his biggest stars. In a series of flashbacks, Sennett recalls the time he discovered Mabel back in 1911, her rise to stardom, their lov... read more

Movin' Out

Using 24 of Billy Joel's greatest hits, Movin' Out tells the story of five childhood friends whose lives are changed forever due to the Vietnam War. As teenagers they all are excited about life and love. After the war, their lives are filed with death, drugs and sorrow. In the end, love manages... read more

Side by Side by Sondheim

‘Side by Side by Sondheim’ is a musical revue focusing on both famous and obscure songs by Broadway icon Stephen Sondheim. Sondheim’s songs bring up themes such as marriage and the meaning of happiness. Cast members use their own names. read more

Sleeping Beauty

In this musical adaptation of the popular fairy tale, the evil fairy, Trollarina, has sent the beautiful, young Princess Melisande into an everlasting sleep. Luckily, the spell is broken by the kiss of an enchanted Faun/Prince. read more