Guides for Musicals, Plays, Operas & Operettas

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The Vagabond King

Filled with romance, swordplay, high aspirations and low comedy, ‘The Vagabond King’ recreates the world of medieval Paris saved from the Burgundians by a "king for a day"--the poet-thief François Villon. Paris is under siege by the forces of the Duke of Burgundy and popular support of King Louis... read more

Vanities

Chronicling the comic journey of three bubbly Texas teens from cheerleaders to sorority sisters to housewives, liberated women and beyond, this tale of coming-of-age in the '60s and '70s is a musical scrapbook of an era that had to be lived to be believed. Vanities offers a snapshot-sharp portrai... read more

Virginia

Taking place in 1775 Virginia, the show concerns Fortesque’s attempts to get an important letter to General Washington past the British loyalists. read more

Waitress

Waitress, based on the 2007 movie of the same title, follows the story of Jenna, a woman who is pregnant without any desire to be, trapped in an abusive relationship in a small town with no hope for a future outside of fear and false positivity. She escapes from her trauma through the baking of p... read more

Walking Happy

Taking place in an industrial town in Lancashire, England, in 1880 the show concerns a hard-drinking boot shop owner and his three daughters. While Alice and Vickie are anxious to get married, Hobson is happily keeping his eldest daughter Maggie unmarried since she is so helpful around the shop.... read more

Weird Romance

Weird Romance is a two one-act musical containing a curious mix of a science fiction framework around traditional themes - the generation gap, a love triangle and the archetypal conflict between those who have power and those who have none. The first, The Girl Who Was Plugged In, is about a homel... read more

Western Star

The show takes place in the Colorado Territory, circa 1875. The citizens of the town of Esperanza want to build a church and have raised $5000 for the project. However, they have no minister. When the conman, Sam Goode, convinces the townsfolk to let him become the minister, events are set in mo... read more

What About Luv?

The show takes place on the Brooklyn Bridge over New York’s East River. Harry is about commit suicide by jumping off. Meanwhile, his old schoolmate, Milt, appears planning to meet his wife on the bridge and then kill her so he can run off with a sexy girl from the office. Luckily, when Harry and... read more

Wildcat

Wildcat “Wildy” Jackson and her sister Janie arrive in Centavo City determined to strike it rich in the oil prospecting business. She manages to acquire a small plot of land and tries to convince the brilliant crew foreman, Joe Dynamite, to work for her. When Joe thinks there is no oil on Wildy’s... read more

Wildcat on Safari

Set in a Safari Park, ‘Wildcat On Safari’ concerns the adventures of a loveable, scruffy Wildcat and his eccentric friends Fox and Beaver as they try to find the missing son of King Lion. Before long they are drawn into a scheming panther's dastardly plot to depose the mighty King Lion read more