Guides for Musicals, Plays, Operas & Operettas

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The Great Waltz

Set in Vienna in the spring-time, the story of the show is loosely based on the real-life feud between the older and younger Strauss, allegedly because of the father's jealousy of his son's greater talent. read more

A Greek Slave

Show revolves around the tangled love lives and misunderstandings of a Roman household in A.D. 90. Roman patricians routinely pay to consult Heliodorus, a powerful Persian Wizard, on matters of love and fortune. However, life becomes much more confusing once his slave, Diomed, falls in love with... read more


In the magical town of Greenwillow, a spell has been placed in which the eldest of the Briggs men always must obey the œcall to wander. Gideon, the eldest of this generation of Briggs men, loves his girlfriend, Dorrie, and would like nothing better than to settle down with her. With the help o... read more

The Happiest Girl in the World

The women in ancient Athens have a problem: their men are constantly fighting and at war Inspired by Diana, the chaste goddess of the moon, the women decide to refuse sexual favors to the men until they have forsaken war. In the end, the Chief of State arrives with the summons to another war. H... read more

Happy Hunting

"Happy Hunting" concerns a wealthy, widowed Philadelphian, Liz Livingstone, who is snubbed at the Grace Kelly-Prince Rainier Wedding of the Year in Monaco. As a result, she is determined to find an even more impressive husband for her daughter, Beth. She tries to set Beth up with a dashing Duk... read more

Hazel Flagg

When the press finds out that a backwater Vermont girl is dying of radium poisoning, all of New York is talking about her story. Soon she falls in love with a sophisticated gentleman, Wallace Cook. When it turns out that Hazel does not have radium poisoning and is in fact healthy, everyone seem... read more

Henry, Sweet Henry

Henry, Sweet Henry concerns two love-struck and wealthy teenage girls, Valerie and Gil, who stalk an avante-garde composer and aging philanderer, Henry Orient. Meanwhile, Henry is desperately trying to convince the beautiful Stella to marry him. read more

High Button Shoes

Harrison Floy, a small-time con artist, manages to scam an entire town in a land promotion deal. After running off to Atlantic City, Floy loses all his money after betting on the wrong college football team. read more

Honk! Junior

Based on Hans Christian Andersen's The Ugly Duckling, Honk tells the story of an odd looking baby duck, Ugly, and his quest to find his mother. Soon after Ugly is born, he is seduced away by a wily Cat who wants to eat Ugly for dinner. Eventually, Ugly manages to escape but has no idea how to ret... read more

House of Flowers

House of Flowers is the story of an evil brothel owner, Madame Fleur, and her attempts to murder the fiancé of her star girl, Ottilie. Fearing that Ottilie will leave the brothel, Madame Fleur arranges for men to seal Ottilie's fiancé, Royal, in a barrel and toss him into the ocean. Lucky, Royal... read more