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

Valhalla

In two parallel stories, King Ludwig of Bavaria and James Avery, in their two separate times, come to grips with their sexuality. Both deal with an obsession over swans and difficult mothers. James has sexual relationships with both men, like Henry Lee Stafford, and women, like Sally Mortimer.... 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

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

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

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

Wish You Were Here

The show takes place at Camp Karefree, a summer camp for adults. Depressed over her upcoming marriage to a man she doesn’t love, Teddy Stern arrives along with her flirty blonde bombshell friend, Fay. Teddy hopes her time at the camp will help her relax and prepare for her wedding. Instead, she e... read more

Wolf Hall

Based on Hilary Mantel’s historical novel by the same name, Wolf Hall is a stage adaptation of the fictionalized biography of Thomas Cromwell, advisor to King Henry VIII of England. Following the failure Cardinal Wolsey to secure Henry’s divorce from Katharine of Aragon, Cromwell uses a dangerous... read more

A Woman of No Importance

A Woman of No Importance satirizes upper-class English society at the end of the nineteenth century. It takes place, for the most part, in the homes of the rich and powerful, where Lord, Ladies, and Archdeacons socialize and gossip about their contemporaries. The play opens in the garden of the H... read more