Guides for Musicals, Plays, Operas & Operettas

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Tosca

A tragic and political love story, Tosca explores how love overcomes all. Mario Cavaradossi, a painter, is deeply in love with Floria Tosca, a famous singer. Cavaradossi helps aid his friend Angelotti who is being pursued by the Chief of Police, Scarpia. He bursts in the church where Cavaradossi... read more

The Adventures of Mr. Toad

Mr. Toad and his animal friends live a wonderful life in Toad Hall. However, Mr. Toad has a passion for speed, driving and mischief His slower-paced friends Mole, Rat and Badger are constantly trying to keep him out of mischief. Finally, after steeling a car, Mr. Toad goes to jail. In his absence... read more

Bring It On: The Musical

Bring It On: The Musical tells the story of Campbell Davis, a young cheerleader who dreams of leading her squad to victory at a National competition. The story focuses on the world of competitive cheerleading and the intense rivalries it creates. Campbell’s future is secure: handsome boyfriend, a... read more

Dear Evan Hansen

Dear Evan Hansen tells the story of a young man with social anxiety disorder who so yearns to make a connection with his peers that he fabricates a relationship with a deceased student to become closer to the boy’s family. When a classmate commits suicide, shy Evan Hansen finds himself at the cen... read more

Floyd Collins

In the winter of 1925 in Cave City, Kentucky, every man dreams of finding the biggest, most beautiful cave in the region and turning it into a spectacular tourist attraction. But, no one dreams quite so big as brave and daring Floyd Collins. Despite his poor luck as a caver, Floyd is certain he’... read more

The Frogs

The plot concerns a frog-infested journey by the elderly juvenile, Dionysos, accompanied by his slave, Xanthias, to Hades. The two men are in search of a famous writer who will help them save the world from destruction read more

Mack & Mabel

Mack and Mabel deals with the complex relationship between Max Sennet, a temperamental, workaholic film director and Mabel Normand, a waitress who became one of his biggest stars. In a series of flashbacks, Sennett recalls the time he discovered Mabel back in 1911, her rise to stardom, their lov... read more

Madama Butterfly

This tragic tale revolves around the young Japanese geisha, Butterfly. She is to be married to Pinkerton, an American Officer on assignment in Nagasaki. Butterfly is young and naive, and fully believes her marriage to Pinkerton to be true and everlasting, while Pinkerton intends on marrying an Am... read more

The Seagull

“If you ever need my life, come take it.” So wrote Trigorin, lover of the fading actress Arkadina, in his most famous book. Nina, a young ingénue and the beloved muse of Arkadina’s playwright son, Konstantin, absorbs this statement completely. When the two actresses — one young, and one aging — a... read more

Sleeping Beauty

In this musical adaptation of the popular fairy tale, the evil fairy, Trollarina, has sent the beautiful, young Princess Melisande into an everlasting sleep. Luckily, the spell is broken by the kiss of an enchanted Faun/Prince. read more