Guides for Musicals, Plays, Operas & Operettas

Read expert-written show guides with context, plot, characters and video examples.

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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

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

Carnival

Lili, a lonely orphan, is enchanted with a traveling carnival troupe. She finally gets to join the troupe and ends up working with the puppet act. Meanwhile, both the puppeteer, Paul, and the magician, Marco the Magnificent, have fallen in love with Lili. The two men engage in a fierce rivalry... 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The Civil War uses letters, diaries, historical documents and Walt Whitman's poetry to explore a defining time in American history.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

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