Guides for Musicals, Plays, Operas & Operettas

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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

I Married An Angel

Willy Palaffi, a banker and ladies’ man, is fed up with earthly women and declares that the only woman he would marry is an angel. To his shock, the gods send down a real Angel and she and Willy quickly marry. However, trouble ensues when the Angel’s perfectly angelic ways are a constant source o... read more

The Iceman Cometh

Harry Hope’s rundown saloon is filled with men from all walks of life: former anarchist “foolosopher” Larry Slade, bickering Boer War veterans Captain Lewis and General Wetjoen, formerly wealthy African-American gambler Joe Mott, and many more. This diverse cohort of bar rats share little in co... read more

Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria

Taking place in Greece shortly after the Trojan War, Ulisse has been gone for months and his lonely wife, Penelope, waits for him. She is desperately lonely and three suitors try to lure her away from Ullisse. Eventually, Ullise returns disguised as a poor beggar. He kills the suitors and recla... read more

The Imaginary Invalid

This play follows Argan: he hates to spend money and is a hypochondriac. He is seeking a doctor for his daughter to marry so that he can get free treatment. The cast of characters tries to cure Argan from his obsession with doctors. Part of the plan involves him pretending to be dead to find out... read more

Les Indes galantes

Cupids, in the prologue, resolve to find out examples of love in exotic climates. Le turc généreux allows the generous Osman to set free his captive Emilie, whom he loves, so that she may be reunited with her former lover Valère. Les incas du Pérou deals with the rivalry in love of the Inca Hu... 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


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


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