Guides for Musicals, Plays, Operas & Operettas

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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

Call Me Madam

When President Harry Truman appoints Washingtonian socialite widow Mrs. Sally Adams ambassador to the small, fictitious European nation of Lichtenburg, she takes everyone by surprise. What Sally lacks in policy knowledge, she makes up for in charm. Everyone is taken with Sally's practical, down... 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

I Do! I Do!

The story follows newly weds Michael and Agnes starting on their wedding day and explores their life together over the next 50 years until they finally sell their home to the next pair of newlyweds. During that time, the couple goes through their wedding night jitters, raises a family, negotiate... read more

Kismet

With extreme cleverness and a fair amount of luck, the poor street poet, Hajj, rises from the streets of Baghdad to being crowned as Emir by the Wazir of Baghdad. Meanwhile, the Wazir is desperately trying to find a wealthy foreign princess for the Caliph to marry. This plan hits a snag when th... read more