Guides for Musicals, Plays, Operas & Operettas

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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

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child [Part One]

Nineteen years after Harry Potter left Hogwarts School for Magic, the famous wizard is now a hard-working employee of the Ministry for Magic and father to three teenaged children. However, his younger son, Albus, struggles with the responsibility and weight of being Harry Potter’s son. Magic and... read more

Lestat

Lestat is the story of a man who escapes the tyranny of his oppressive family only to have his life taken from him by the vampire, Magnus. Now a vampire himself, Lestat is thrust into the seductive and sensual world of immortality. However, Lestat struggles to reconcile his innate sense of good... read more

M. Butterfly

M. Butterfly tells the story of a French diplomat posted in China, Rene Gallimard, who is brought to ruin and, eventually, convicted for espionage, after a twenty-year affair with a Beijing Opera diva. The diva, citing her Chinese modesty, manages to never appear naked in front of Gallimard. Th... read more

The Piano Lesson

The Piano Lesson is the fourth play in August Wilson’s Pittsburgh Cycle. It takes place in 1936 and centers around a family, more specifically, a brother and a sister. Boy Willie shows up at his sister Berniece’s home after having recently been let out of prison in Mississippi. Right away we see... read more

She Stoops to Conquer

One of the eighteenth-century’s most enduring comedies, She Stoops to Conquer takes a comedic, often farcical, look at the behavior and marital expectations of the upper classes in England at this time. The play centers around the desire of Hardcastle, a wealthy landowner in the country, for his... read more

SMASH

SMASH is based on the novel, An Unsocial Socialist by George Bernard Shaw. It is about a millionaire who abandons his bride because he fears her love for her will make him abandon his plans to overthrow the British government. He disguises himself as a commoner and hides in a young girl's college... read more

Agamemnon

Set in Argos before the royal palace, Agamemnon concerns the return of Agamemnon, King of Argos, from the Trojan War, and his eventual death at the hand of his wife, Clytemnestra. While pretending to love him, she is secretly furious that he has sacrificed their daughter, Iphigenia. Furthermore... 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

A Day in Hollywood, A Night in the Ukraine

Song and dance, comedy and heartbreak, a little historical documentary thrown in for good measure… A Day in Hollywood, a Night in the Ukraine is the perfect double feature, encompassing real pathos and perfectly ridiculous entertainment in its wide scope. In the first act, an intrepid team of ush... read more