Guides for Musicals, Plays, Operas & Operettas

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Blood Wedding

A bride and groom are getting married. A man who used to be in love with the Bride, Leonardo Felix, comes to her window every night. His marriage is unhappy, and he still longs for her. One night, Leonardo confesses his love to her. She tries to stop him, but she loves him back. However, she... read more

Bright Star

Bright Star is the story of one woman at two different points in her life: the first, when she is a wild young thing growing up barefoot and carefree in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina; the second, when she is a well-to-do magazine editor in Asheville, 22 years later. Her story is inev... read more

A Connecticut Yankee

Martin is about to get married to Fay Morgan but is knocked in the head when she sees him talking to his former fiancée, Alice. While he is knocked out he dreams of being in the court of King Arthur and gaining immense wealth and prestige by industrializing the realm. During the dream he... read more

Das Rheingold

Das Rheingold is the first of the four operas that comprise Richard Wagner's "Der Ring des Nibelungen" . Wotan, Lord of the Gods, sacrificed an eye to obtain the spear with which he rules the world. Now he has contracted the giants, Fasolt and Fafner, to build him a stronghold. Their payment is... read more

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

Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead

When his beloved beagle is destroyed after a rabid rampage, CB is plunged into such a depression that a literal raincloud starts to follow him around. Suddenly introspective and concerned with the afterlife, he is no longer satisfied with his high school status as a good-looking bully. Writing wi... 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