Guides for Musicals, Plays, Operas & Operettas

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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

Call Me Madam

When President Harry Truman appoints Washingtonian socialite widow Mrs. Sally Adams ambassador to the small, fictitious European nation of Lichtenburg, she takes everyone by surprise. What Sally lacks in policy knowledge, she makes up for in charm. Everyone is taken with Sally's practical, down... 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

Girl Crazy

According to his father, Danny Churchill Jr. is too focused on girls and parties. Therefore, Danny’s father ships him off to a mostly male town in Arizona with the goal of getting Danny’s attention focused on more serious matters. However, soon after arriving, Danny falls in love with the local p... read more

The Laramie Project

In October 1998 in the middle of the prairie outside Laramie, Wyoming, Matthew Shepard, a 21 year old student at the University of Wyoming, was tied to a fence post, severely beaten, robbed, , tortured and left, alone, to die. His body -- battered, bloody, barely clinging to life -- was discovere... read more

Million Dollar Quartet

On December 4, 1956, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Elvis Presley all found themselves at Sun Records in Memphis, Tennessee, and proceeded to record a legendary jam album. A Tony® Award Winning musical, Million Dollar Quartet recounts that single night with the meaningful and hum... read more

No, No, Nanette

Even though Jimmy Smith has become a millionaire, due to his Bible publishing business, his wife, Sue, remains frugal and has little desire for money. Her main concern is raising their adopted daughter, Nanette, into a respectable lady. Since he's filthy rich, however, as has nothing to do wit... read more

Rigoletto

A tragic tale, the story of Rigoletto revolves around the libertine Duke of Mantua and his hunchbacked Court Jester, Rigoletto, whose beautiful daughter, Gilda, falls prey to a dreadful curse. Rigoletto, fearing for his daughter’s safety, has kept her hidden away. Unbeknownst to Rigoletto, Gilda... read more

Waiting for Lefty

When it was first produced by the Group Theater in 1935, Waiting for Lefty made a sensation of its playwright, Clifford Odets, who became the theatrical conscience of his generation, much as Arthur Miller and Tony Kushner later would for their own generations. Lefty is the story of a meeting of... read more