Guides for Musicals, Plays, Operas & Operettas

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The Changeling

Gripping, highly-charged and often shocking, The Changeling is one of the finest examples of Jacobean tragedy, and it is considered among the best plays of the period. Beatrice-Joanna wants to marry Alsemero but her father has other plans. Meanwhile, her servant - the hideous de Flores - would d... read more

Fiorello!

Fiorello is a musical about the rise to power of New York's Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia . Beating all odds, La Guardia breaks the crooked Tammany Hall political machine and fights against vice and corruption. Meanwhile, he falls in love with his loyal secretary, Maria, and they eventually marry. read more

Frost/Nixon

A fictionalization of the famous interviews that David Frost conducted with disgraced ex-president Richard Nixon in 1977, as a part of Nixon's efforts to improve his image. Nixon, living in San Clemente in Orange County, California, agreed to the interviews when prompted to do so by his literary... read more

The Little Foxes

Lillian Hellman’s riveting drama captures the story of a Southern family whose selfish pursuit of the American Dream ends up destroying them and those they love. The Hubbards are bound together by blood, but ripped apart by disparate desires. Their simple house servant states, “There are people w... read more

Roméo et Juliette

In this retelling of Shakespeare's story, two families in Verona, the Capulets and the Montagues, are bitter enemies. Conflict ensues when Romeo, a Montague, and Juliet, a Capulet, fall in love. The two young lovers exchange secret vows, but within hours a fight has broken out between the two fam... read more

The Scottsboro Boys

In 1931, nine African-American teenagers, between the ages of 13 and 19 years old, were arrested and charged with the rape of two white women, while traveling through Alabama. With no evidence and no proof, these nine young men were convicted and sentenced to death. Based on this infamous case of... read more

See How They Run

See How They Run is set in the idyllic village of Merton-cum-Middlewick, England during the 1940s. It's World War II,and the village inhabitants are preparing themselves for the imminent threat of Nazi invasion. Meanwhile, resident spinster, Miss Skillon, becomes convinced that her beloved vicar'... read more

Zanna Don't

Zanna, Don't is set in a world where homosexuality is the norm, and heterosexuals are considered an oddity. The town is called Heartsville, USA. All of the characters are homosexual, or so we think, until one bold student writes a musical about forbidden heterosexual attraction in the army, and t... read more

Albert Herring

In the small town of Loxford in East Sussex, the old-fashioned autocrat Lady Billows is in a tizzy. She has assembled a committee of the most important people in town to try to find a suitable Queen for their annual May Day Feast, but none of the young women in town are of suitable moral charact... read more

The Cripple of Inishmaan

On the island of Inishmaan, off the coast of Ireland, there is not that much to do. A young man named Billy, who is physically handicapped, wants to leave, as everyone there, even his aunts Kate and Eileen, calls him “Cripple Billy.” A Hollywood film crew shows up on the island, and Billy sees hi... read more