Guides for Musicals, Plays, Operas & Operettas

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Princess Ida

A hilarious twist on a traditional medieval fairy tale, Princess Ida tells the tale of a Princess, who eschews her marriage obligations to the Prince of a neighboring kingdom to run a women's university. Prince Hilarion has been waiting for his wedding day for twenty years. He is about to meet P... read more

The Reporter

Nicholas Wright’s The Reporter begins with a suicide note: “I can’t bear it anymore, though I don’t know what it is.” Protagonist Jim Mossman is a successful reporter with the BBC in the prime of his career. He is well-liked, good at what he does, but struggles with his success being somewhat con... read more


The story concerns John Kent, a star college football player, who inherits his aunt's dress shop in Paris. After moving to Paris to run the shop, John falls in love with his assistant, Stephanie who turns out to be a Russian princess. read more

The Rothschilds

The story concerns the rags-to-riches story of resourceful and ambitious Mayer Rothschild and his five sons as they overcome anti-Semitism in late eighteenth century European society and build a wildly successful family banking business. Over time they come to dominate European finance, help fund... read more

Shakespeare in Hollywood

Take the glitz and glamour of 1930s Hollywood, populated by real-life, yet delightfully exaggerated, personalities of the movie scene. Add a sophisticated German director with an artistic vision, a couple of misplaced supernatural beings, and one of William Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies of... read more


Shenandoah centers on a pacifist widower, Charlie Anderson, living with his large family in the Shenandoah Valley during the American Civil War. While trying to keep his family shielded from the war, he is forced to take action when his youngest son is taken prisoner by Federal soldiers. read more

Strike Up the Band

The story revolves around Horace J. Fletcher, owner of a chocolate factory. Fletcher is angered that the U.S. government refused to raise the tariff on Swiss chocolates. After a doctor gives him a sedative to help him sleep, Fletcher has a wacky dream. In his dream he leads the American army int... read more

Tis Pity She's a Whore

Giovanni is passionately in love with his sister Annabella, despite the fact that they are related. He discusses his ethical dilemma with a Friar. When Annabella finds out about Giovanni's feelings, she reciprocates. Annabella ends up getting pregnant by her brother, but she marries a nobleman... read more

Treasure Island

‘Treasure Island’ is the musical version of this favorite childhood adventure story. It is a thrilling tale of pirates, treasure maps, mutiny on the high seas and pieces of eight follows Jim Hawkins, an ordinary youth drawn into a dangerous race for buried treasure against the treacherous Long Jo... read more

Two Gentlemen of Verona: The Musical

Childhood best friends Valentine and Proteus are handsome, well-to-do young gentleman, living in beautiful, rural Verona. Intelligent, ambitious Valentine heads off to Milan, intent on making a splash in the big city, while quiet, love-struck Proteus is content to stay at home and pursue the fair... read more