Guides for Musicals, Plays, Operas & Operettas

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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

Junior Miss

A humorous story of teen angst and misunderstandings, family dynamics and financial matters, Jerome Chodorov and Joseph Fields’ Junior Miss is a sweet and snarky comedy about the Graves, a middle-class family living in New York City, just prior to WWII. At the center of the family’s story is int... read more


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


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

L'enfant et les sortilèges

L'enfant et les sortilèges tells the story of a bad little boy in 1917 Normandy. He refuses to do his homework and destroys everything in his room. Eventually, the objects spring to life and turn against him, seeking revenge for the destruction he has caused. In the end, the boy helps bandage... read more

L'incoronazione di Poppea (The Coronation of Poppea)

The story revolves around the Empreror Nerone and his affair with the beautiful Poppea. Meanwhile, Nerone's wife, the Empress Ottavia, becomes intensely jealous. She tries and fails to have Poppea killed. Finally, Nerone divorces Ottavia and Poppea becomes the new Queen. read more

The Ladies of the Corridor

Lulu Ames, a stylish and optimistic widow from Akron, Ohio, arrives in New York City, ready to forget her unhappy marriage and thrive in the bustling, vibrant town. But the Hotel Marlowe, where Lulu moves to join her old friend and fellow widow Connie Mercer, is hushed and genteel to the point of... read more

Lady Windermere's Fan

Lady Windermere’s Fan is one of Oscar Wilde’s most witty and uncompromisingly satirical plays. It examines the gender politics within marriage and society, and the ambiguous idea of sexual morality among the upper classes. Until Mrs. Erlynne is introduced, Lady Windermere believes that she has a... read more