Guides for Musicals, Plays, Operas & Operettas

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Candide

Based on Voltaire’s 1759 novella of the same name, Candide takes the audience on a round-the-world romp of idealistic optimism as it clashes with a series of absurdly unfortunate events. The young and naïve title character is betrothed to the Baron of Westphalia’s beautiful daughter Cunegonde, a... read more

Calamity Jane

In the wild-west outpost of Deadwood City, 1876, we find the sharpshooting tomboy, Calamity Jane surrounded by cowboys, townsfolk, and the famous Wild Bill Hickok. After a mix-up in the talent pool at Deadwood's saloon-theater, Calamity goes to Chicago to import to Deadwood the glamorous actress... read more

Smokey Joe's Cafe

The songs of legendary hitmakers Mike Stoller and Jerry Leiber come to life in the Rock and Roll musical revue, Smokey Joe's Cafe. Packed with memorable tunes like, “Hound Dog”, “Love Potion 9”, “On Broadway” and “Stand By Me”, it is the longest-running revue in Broadway History. read more

Babes in Arms

One of the quintessential “Hey, let’s put on a show” musicals, which boasts one of the most beautiful scores ever written, by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart, including such timeless standards as “The Lady is a Tramp”, “Where Or When”, “My Funny Valentine”, and “I Wish I were In Love Again”.A gro... read more

The Mikado

Since its premiere in 1885 at the Savoy Theatre in London, The Mikado has become one of the most-performed pieces of musical theatre in history. As with many of Gilbert and Sullivan’s productions, the show satirizes aspects of Victorian Britain’s politics and aristocracy; in The Mikado, however... read more

The Pillowman

In an interrogation room in an unnamed totalitarian dictatorship, Katurian Katurian, a writer, is being interrogated by two detectives. Next door, Katurian’s mentally disabled brother Michal waits. The detectives want to know why Katurian’s stories feature gruesome plots about child murder and to... read more

Big River

While Huckleberry Finn continues his reckless, adventure-loving ways, his alcoholic and violent father, Pap, demands custody over the boy. Unable to prevent Pap from taking Huck, the Judge forces Huck to comply. Fearing for his life, Huck takes off on a raft down the Mississippi River. Along t... read more

Bullets over Broadway

Based on the screenplay of the acclaimed film, Bullets Over Broadway is loaded with big laughs, colorful characters and the songs that made the 20s roar. Bullets Over Broadway is ready to bring musical comedy back with a bang. The story revolves around a playwright who needs someone to back his n... read more

The Giver

The Giver is Eric Coble's stage adaption of Lois Lowry's Newbery-Award-winning book. The world of The Giver is a utopia. There is no pain, but no joy either. The people are assigned their roles in society according to their talents, and men and women are assigned to each according to how well... read more

A New Brain

A New Brain is a show about making the most out of life in the face of tragedy. When a neurotic, frustrated composer is confronted with a terminal illness, he finds comfort in the healing power of art. The show is in fact the William Finn’s autobiographical account of his own battle for life when... read more