Guides for Musicals, Plays, Operas & Operettas

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Bat Boy

Bat Boy: The Musical was inspired by a series of tabloid headlines published in 1992 by The Weekly World News claiming that a terrifying creature, half-man and half-bat, had been discovered in a cave, escaped, and was being pursued by government officials. In Farley, Flemming, and O’Keefe’s music... read more

Anastasia

Marcelle Maurette's play is based on the legend about the sole-surviving daughter of Russia's last Czar. In Berlin in 1926, a suicidal amnesia victim is chosen by Russian expatriates to impersonate Anastasia, the last surviving member of the Romanov dynasty, heiress to the Russian throne. As such... read more

Carmen

The Spanish gypsy Carmen lives only for sensuality and manages to seduce the naïve sergeant Don José with her wiles. His love for Carmen leads him to attack his superior officer, desert his military duties and abandon his childhood sweetheart. He then joins Carmen and her band of smugglers. Unf... read more

She Loves Me

She Loves Me is a euphoric romantic comedy with a soaring score. Amalia and Georg work together at a modest Hungarian parfurmerie, and have disliked each other from the very beginning. He thinks she’s stuck up, and she thinks he’s arrogant and mean. But each rapturously writes to a lonely hearts... read more

Angels in America, Part One: Millenium Approaches

Angels in America is Tony Kushner’s two-part, seven-hour epic, which he describes as “A Gay Fantasia on National Themes.” In the first part, we meet Louis and Prior and Harper and Joe, two couples whose relationships are on the rocks: the former because of Prior’s AIDS diagnosis and Louis’s inabi... read more

A Christmas Story

A young boy named Ralphie Parker only wants one thing for Christmas: a Red Ryder BB gun. However, he is not sure he will ever make it to Christmas, between his brother Randy and the school bully Scut Farkus. Whenever he tells someone how much he wants it, he/she tells him that he will shoot his e... read more

Sunset Boulevard

Both haunting and desperately sad, Sunset Boulevard revolves around the former star of the silent screen era, Norma Desmond. Aging and largely forgotten for years, she lives in her dilapidated mansion in Hollywood with her butler and chauffeur, Max. Lost in her memories, she is stirred into actio... read more

The Normal Heart

A powerful, stirring drama based on the harrowing true story of the beginning of the AIDS crisis in New York City, and the gay men who fought with an entire political system to take their plight seriously. Based on playwright Larry Kramer’s own experiences founding the Gay Men’s Health Crisis in... read more

Blood Brothers

Set in Britain, Willy Russell's Blood Brothers tells the story of fraternal twins who are separated at birth. One brother is raised in a family of great privilege and one brother is raised in poverty. Even with their different socioeconomic backgrounds, the two boys end up becoming best friends -... read more

Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson

Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson is an irreverent, exhilarating, hilarious romp through American history, following our nation’s first rock star president, Andrew Jackson. Mirroring the current populist landscape, we trace Jackson’s life from rural, impoverished Tennessee upbringing, to early success... read more