Guides for Musicals, Plays, Operas & Operettas

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Miss Liberty

The story concerns an over-aggressive newspaper photographer, Horace, who attempts to seek out the model who posed for the creation of the Statue of Liberty. He visits Paris where he believes he has found her. He then brings the model, Monique, back to the United States for a grand tour around... read more

Mr. President

President Stephen Decatur Henderson loses his bid for re-election due to a botched trip to the Soviet Union. Eventually, at the behest of the new president, he returns to political life as a Senator. read more

The Nervous Set

The Nervous Set takes place in New York City in 1950 and focuses on the personal life of the editor of an off-beat literary magazine, Brad, and his wife, Jan. The show follows their attempts to find meaning and love in a society they find discontented -- or overly contented to the point of dullne... read more

New Girl in Town

Chris Christopherson, an old, hard-drinking Swedish barge captain, is thrilled to hear that his daughter, Anna, is coming to visit. He hasn't seen her in over fifteen years and remembers her as a sweet and innocent little girl. At first, the reunion goes well. Anna fits in with her father's frien... read more

Nightingale

The Emperor of China hears that one of the most beautiful things in his own land is the song of the nightingale. He sends his courtiers to take a nightingale from the nearby forest and present her as a guest at court. The bird can communicate with the humans and agrees to come, but when the Emper... read more

No Strings

No Strings is the bitter-sweet story of an American writer, David, attempting to woo a beautiful American model, Barbara, while they are living in Paris. David is in Paris trying to overcome his writer's block. Barbara is in Paris with her wealthy patron, Louis de Pourtal. read more

Nymph Errant

Fresh out of finishing school in Switzerland, beautiful young Evangeline is on a quest to lose her innocence. Miss Pratt, her school teacher, has urged Evangeline and her classmates to "experiment" and Evangeline has taken this advice to heart. Her quest takes her to the beach at Neauville, the... read more

Oh Captain!

"Oh, Captain" concerns a proper British couple “ Captain Henry St. James and wife Maud. Captain Henry claims he does not believe in fun and he and Maud live a very plain life. Conflict ensues when Maud discovers that Captain Henry actually has another lover in Paris. read more

Oh, Kay!

Taking place in 1927 during the time of Prohibition, the show takes place at a beach house owned by Jimmy Winters. When Jimmy arrives at the house with his new bride, he finds Shorty McGee living there. Jimmy just assumes that Shorty is the new butler. In fact, Shorty has been using the house to... read more

Oh What a Lovely War

Oh What a Lovely War was first performed at the Theatre Royal, Stratford East, London on March 19, 1963. The idea for a satirical critique of the First World War emerged out of Joan Littlewood’s Theatre Workshop and it was developed by Littlewood, her partner Greg Raffles, Charles Chilton, and th... read more