Guides for Musicals, Plays, Operas & Operettas

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Beyond the Horizon

Beyond the Horizon tells the story of brothers Andrew and Robert . While Andrew plans to inherit the family farm and stay on the land, Robert - now recovered from a lengthy illness - will set sail with his uncle, and venture throughout the world. But before he leaves, Robert discovers his love f... read more

Blondel

˜Blondel' is a rock opera that tells the story of the 12th century minstrel Blondel who sets off around Europe to find King Richard, off on a Crusade, and stop the usurper of the throne, Prince John. But can he accomplish his mission in spite of the hired assassin trying to kill him? read more

Boleros for the Disenchanted

Jose Rivera's Boleros for the Disenchanted was inspired by the true events of playwright Rivera's own parents. The play focuses follows them from their initial meeting to their eventual move from Puerto Rico to the United States. Once they are in the United States, Eusebio suffers health problems... read more

Les Boréades

By tradition, Queen Alphise is supposed to marry a son of Boreas. However, she falls in love with Abaris, whose parentage is unknown. She is punished by Boreas for her transgression but is rescued by Abaris. In the end it turns out that Abaris is in fact a child of Boreas and all can live happ... read more

Breaking the Code

The play tells the story of Alan Turing, a brilliant mathematician, who devised the means of cracking the German Enigma code which helped win World War II. Meanwhile, he also “broke the code” by being unapologetically homosexual at a time when homosexuality was illegal in Great Britain. It was on... read more

Brief Encounter/Still Life

At Milford Junction Railway Station, a housewife named Laura Jesson awaits the train home after a day of shopping. There is something in her eye, and a doctor, Alec Harvey, takes it out. They see each other again the next summer and decide to have lunch together and go to the movies, as they en... read more

A Bright Room Called Day

In 1930s Berlin, a group of left-leaning friends struggle to understand the world around them as Hitler rises to power. However, while they claim to have lofty ideals, they do not partake in active resistance against Hitler. The main character, Agnes, is mainly concerned about keeping her rent-co... read more

La buona figliuola

The marquis of Conchiglia has fallen in love with Cecchina who is a maid. Shocked by the social impropriety of such a match, Cavaliere Armidoro, the fiancee of the marquis's sister, refuses to marry Lucinda. Distraught over losing the man she loves, Lucinda begs the marquis to stop seeing Cecchin... read more

By Jupiter

By Jupiter takes place in the land of the Amazons, which is ruled by women. An army of Greek soldiers arrives seeking the Sacred Girdle of Diana, currently in use by the Queen of the Amazons. The women initially refuse to give up the Sacred Girdle and put up a ferocious front. However, by the... read more

Capriccio

In 18th century Paris, Countess Madeleine loves both music and poetry. And soon she finds herself wooed by both a musician and a poet. The Countess suggests that her two suitors collaborate on an opera. However, after the opera, she still cannot decide if she loves music or words or the musician... read more