Guides for Musicals, Plays, Operas & Operettas

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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

1776

It is a long hot summer in Philadelphia, and the Continental Congress is an exhausted, annoyed, quarrelsome collection of men, at each other’s throats over the burning question of independence from Great Britain. John Adams, the passionate crusader for rebellion, races against time: if the congre... read more

The Adventures of Mr. Toad

Mr. Toad and his animal friends live a wonderful life in Toad Hall. However, Mr. Toad has a passion for speed, driving and mischief His slower-paced friends Mole, Rat and Badger are constantly trying to keep him out of mischief. Finally, after steeling a car, Mr. Toad goes to jail. In his absence... read more

Altar Boyz

Altar Boyz is the hilarious story of a struggling Christian boy-band trying to make it big in New York City. Five talented heartthrobs from Ohio do their best to spread the word of God through pop music. However, can they resist the temptations of the Big Apple? The show is presented in real tim... read more

The Civil War

The Civil War uses letters, diaries, historical documents and Walt Whitman's poetry to explore a defining time in American history. The show fallows events from the beginnings of the war at Fort Sumpter all the way to its bloody conclusion. Issues dealt with in the musical include national uni... read more

Dear Evan Hansen

Dear Evan Hansen tells the story of a young man with social anxiety disorder who so yearns to make a connection with his peers that he fabricates a relationship with a deceased student to become closer to the boy’s family. When a classmate commits suicide, shy Evan Hansen finds himself at the cen... read more

Lestat

Lestat is the story of a man who escapes the tyranny of his oppressive family only to have his life taken from him by the vampire, Magnus. Now a vampire himself, Lestat is thrust into the seductive and sensual world of immortality. However, Lestat struggles to reconcile his innate sense of good... read more

My Favorite Year

It’s 1954, and young Benjy Stone is realizing his life-long dream of writing for television, working as a freshman writer on TV’s most popular comedy show: King Kaiser’s Comedy Cavalcade. Life is crazy but exhilarating, and just when he thought it couldn’t get any more interesting, Benjy is ass... read more

Pump Boys and Dinettes

The musical tells the story of 4 males and 2 females who work at a gas station/dinette somewhere between Frog Level and Smyrna, North Carolina. read more

The Rink

Anna, the owner of a roller rink near an old amusement park, has decided to sell the rink to developers and to leave town. Years ago, her daughter Angel left town to find herself. Anna’s husband, Dino, had passed away, leaving Anna both alone and completely free of responsibility. However, shortl... read more