Guides for Musicals, Plays, Operas & Operettas

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

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The Immigrant

The Immigrant follows a Jewish man's, Haskell's, escape from the pogroms in Eastern Europe. He escapes to Texas. The play covers Haskell's attempted assimilation into society in the U.S. as he is the only Jewish person in his town, as well as his attempts to hold onto his own cultural identity.... read more

Irma la Douce

The musical tells the story of a poor law student, Nestor le Fripé, who falls in love with a wealthy prostitute, Irma la Douce. He becomes insanely jealous of her clients and decides he cannot stand her being with another man. He decides that he must become her only buyer and disguises himself as... read more

Jamaica

Set on an island off Jamaica's coast, a poor fisherman, Koli, loves the beautiful Savannah. However, Savannah dreams of leaving Jamaica for New York Savannah ends up being tempted to marry a New Yorker visiting Jamaica on business. When Koli saves the life of Savannah's younger brother during... read more

Jerry's Girls

A musical review of songs from classic Jerry Herman musicals. read more

Jumbo

Jumbo is a show about a war between two rival circuses . read more

Juno

Ths story chronicles the disintegration of an Irish family in Dublin in the early 1920s, during the Troubles between the Irish Republican Army and the British. Juno is the hardworking matriarch who struggles to hold the family together in the face of war, betrayal, and her worthless husband's dri... read more

Kean

The show concerns the adventures of Sir Edmund Kean, considered the greatest Shakespearean actor of the 18th century. The show focuses mainly on his wild behavior offstage. Trouble ensues as Kean desperately tries to juggle two women in his life: the Danish Ambassador’s wife, Elena, and a young a... read more

King of Cadonia

King of Cadonia concerns a mythical King of Cadonia, Alexis, who tires of the limitations that are placed on his freedom in part due to conspirators trying to assassinate him. Thus, he disguises himself and escapes his confines. Soon, he meets Princess Marie, the daughter of the Duke of Alasia,... read more

Kwamina

The action takes place in 1960s West Africa in a British colony on the eve of it's independence. The people are torn between their traditional ways and the modern world. Kwamina, the chief's son, returns after studying in London. He soon falls in love with the white lady doctor, Eve. Meanwhil... read more

The Last Session

The show concerns the themes of love, religion and acceptance. Gideon, an ex-gospel singer turned pop star, has scheduled a final recording session. He invites his old band to join him including profession back-up singer, Tryshia; failed rock singer turned Mary Kay Cosmetics salesperson, Vicki; s... read more