Guides for Musicals, Plays, Operas & Operettas

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A Lie of the Mind

Beth has been violently beaten - to the point of brain damage - by her overly jealous husband, Jake. As the play begins, she is being cared for by her family. Her brother-in-law, Frankie soon arrives, trying to figure out if Beth survived Jake’s beating. Beth’s father, mistaking Frankie for a de... read more

Little Mary Sunshine

The show takes place at the Colorado Inn, owned by Little Mary Sunshine , in the early 20th century. Chief Brown Bear, Mary's foster father, has decided to take her advice and sue the U.S. government in order to regain his tribal land. Meanwhile the U.S. Forest Rangers are on the hunt for a grou... read more

Love Never Dies

In Andrew Lloyd-Webber’s surprising sequel to his epic hit, , the time is 1907; the place, New York City; and the Phantom , having escaped the furious mob in Paris, has done well for himself. As the mysterious impresario behind Mr. Y’s Phantasma, a popular circus and vaudeville theatre on rough a... read more

Lucia di Lammermoor

The tragic love story of Lucia di Lammermoor follows Lucia and Edgardo, members of opposing houses in Scotland who are carrying on a secret affair. Enrico, Lucia’s brother, forces Lucia to marry another nobleman, Arturo, lying to her, saying that Edgardo has betrayed her and married someone else.... read more

A Man for All Seasons

A Man for All Seasons is based on the true story of Sir Thomas More, the 16th-century Chancellor of England, who refuses to endorse or denounce the king's wish to divorce his aging wife so that he can marry his mistress and produce a male heir to the throne. King Henry VIII's request is supported... read more

Metropolis

Part gothic horror story, part science fiction romance, Metropolis presents a grim view of a futuristic city dominated by machines. Human energy is ruthlessly harnessed to benefit only the elitists who live above ground. The workers toil beneath the earth's surface working with monstrous machiner... 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

Passion

Captain Giorgio Bachetti of the Italian military finds himself at a remote base in 1863. He is engaged in a passionate relationship of letters with his beautiful mistress from home, Clara. At the base, however, he catches the attention of the Colonel's sickly cousin, Fosca. She soon not only fall... read more

Purlie

"Purlie" tells the story of Purlie, a self-taught preacher who returns to his home in the South with the intent of opening an abandoned church and ringing the bell of freedom. The problem is that Ol' Cap'n is holding Purlie's inheritance due to a long-lost cousin. With the help of Ol' Cap'n's son... read more

Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead

Prince Hamlet of Denmark sets out to avenge his father’s murder, all the while trying desperately to keep his sanity in one piece. That’s all very well for Hamlet — but how does the prince’s erratic behavior appear to casual bystanders not clued in on Hamlet’s schemes? In Rosencrantz and Guildens... read more