Guides for Musicals, Plays, Operas & Operettas

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Do I Hear A Waltz?

After years of struggling as a poor New York secretary, Leona Samish has finally begun her dream vacation to Venice, Italy. While in Italy, she stays at the Pensione Fioria, run by the flirtatious Signora Fioria. At the Pensione, she meets two couples, the Yeagers and the McIlhennies. While the M... read more

Enter Laughing

Loosely based on the life of Carl Reiner, the story takes place in 1938 and focuses on a stage-struck, woman-loving young Jewish boy from New York named David Kolowitz. David works as a delivery boy in a sewing machine factory. His boss, Mr. Foreman wants to train him to take over the business. M... read more


As Beethoven’s only opera, Fidelio has delighted audiences for centuries with its themes of justice, freedom, and the strength of the human spirit. Fidelio is formally a singspiel , and it tells the story of a determined wife, Leonore, trying to find her husband, Florestan. Leonore goes through m... read more

La fille du régiment

Marie, the adopted daughter of the 21st Regiment of the French army, has fallen in love with a young man who has saved her life. This young man just so happens to be from an enemy nation. Fortunately, the regiment backs down when they hear of how the young man saved their lovely Marie. The two lo... read more

The Graduate

Benjamin Braddock is a confused young man. Having spent four years achieving a brilliant scholastic record, upon graduation he finds himself adrift, uncertain about his future, disconnected from his purpose, and increasingly alienated from the upper-class, suburban, “plastic” world of his parents... read more

Hay Fever

Hay Fever is one of Noel Coward’s most durable comedies, continuing to delight audiences with its astute observations on family relationships and rivalries. The action takes place in the house of the Bliss family over the course of a weekend. Judith Bliss, a retired actress, her writer husband Da... read more

High Spirits

After the writer Charles Condomine hires a woman who can communicate with spirits, all hell breaks loose – literally Charles’ late wife, Elvira, appears and harasses Charles and his new wife, Ruth, with the goal of killing Charles so that he can join her in the afterlife. read more

Iphigenia in Tauris

The young princess Iphigenia is being sacrificed to the gods at the hands of her own father, Agamemnon, but before he is able to consummate the act, the goddess Artemis intervenes and replaces the girl with a deer, spiriting her away to the Temple of Artemis in Tauris, where Iphigenia becomes a h... read more

Jelly's Last Jam

Jelly's Last Jam is the story of the jazz pioneer, Jelly Roll Morton. The show starts with Jelly playing piano in the whorehouses of Storyville and finishes with Jelly being a star living in Chicago. read more

Joe Turner’s Come and Gone

It is 1911 in Pittsburgh at Seth and Bertha Holly’s boardinghouse. Seth and Bertha have a group of eccentric people staying at their home, including an old, spiritual man named Bynum and a young musician named Jeremy. Throughout the play, others arrive to stay: Mattie Campbell, a woman who is try... read more