Guides for Musicals, Plays, Operas & Operettas

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Sister Act

Deloris Van Cartier is an aspiring singer in Philadelphia, where she is auditioning to perform at her gangster boyfriends nightclub. Deloris believes that Curtis is going to introduce her to a big producer, but is upset when he tells her she is not ready. Hurt and rejected, Deloris decides to bre... read more

The Three Musketeers

After Cardinal Richelieu hears that the Queen has given the Duke of Buckingham a token of love, a diamond heart, which was a present from the King to her, he persuades the King to insist on the Queen wearing the jewel at a forthcoming gala. Comte de Rochefort and Lady de Winter are sent to London... read more

The Threepenny Opera

The Threepenny Opera is a biting satire of the post-war rise of capitalism, wrapped up in Weill's jazzy score, and the tale of Macheath , a debonair crime lord on the verge of turning his illegal empire into a legitimate business. When Macheath marries young Polly Peachum, her father is enraged... read more

Tomfoolery

In concerts, television appearances and a series of now-classic recordings, the Harvard-educated math professor Tom Lehrer delighted millions of fans during the 1950s and ’60s with his dry, cynical but good-humored attacks on the A-bomb, racism, pollution, pornography, the military, the boy scou... read more

The Will Rogers' Follies

Claiming to have never met a man he didn't like, Rogers was America's first international multimedia sensation, whose wit and homespun wisdom went straight to the nation's heart. The character of Will Rogers narrates his life story through a series of spectacular Ziegfeld Follies production numbe... 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

America's Sweetheart

As a young couple, Michael and Geraldine left St. Paul Minnesota for Hollywood determined to be silent-movie stars. Geraldine becomes a star but Michael doesn’t. However, once talking films are introduced, the situation is reversed. Geraldine has a lisp, and now Michael becomes the star. read more

The Boys from Syracuse

The Boys from Syracuse, based on Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors, revolves around the escapades and romantic mix-ups of long-separated identical twins Antipholus of Ephesus and Antipholus of Syracuse, whose servants, the two Dromios, are also long-separated identical twins. Complications arise... read more

Enter the Guardsman

The Olivier-nominated Enter the Guardsman, is a lyrical, delicate, and altogether delicious backstage musical. In the soft glow of the ghost light we smell the heavy scent of deep red roses -- the gift of an anonymous lover to a beautiful Actress. The Actress is married to her longtime co-star... read more

Fiorello!

Fiorello is a musical about the rise to power of New York's Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia . Beating all odds, La Guardia breaks the crooked Tammany Hall political machine and fights against vice and corruption. Meanwhile, he falls in love with his loyal secretary, Maria, and they eventually marry. read more