Guides for Musicals, Plays, Operas & Operettas

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The Pajama Game

Romance is blossoming at the Sleep-Tite Pajama Factory in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Handsome new Superintendent Sid Sorokin falls hard for feisty Union rep “Babe” Williams, and, despite her dismissal of all things love-related, it seems she’s falling right back. That is, until Sleep-Tite employees ar... read more

Meet Me in St. Louis

Based on the heartwarming film of the same name, Meet Me In St. Louis takes audience members on a musical journey back to the early 1900’s, on the brink of the 1904 World’s Fair. In the show’s center are the Smiths, a humble middle-class family made up of Mr. & Mrs. Smith, their four daughters Ro... read more

Gigi

Gigi, a colorful and sophisticated tale with a sentimental heart, takes place in the ornate, elegant Paris of the 1900s -- when gentlemen of leisure strolled the verdant boulevards, and working girls in the oldest profession attained social heights as elegant courtesans, cultured ladies of some s... read more

A Christmas Story: The Musical

Nine year old Ralphie Parker wants one thing for Christmas, and one thing only: An Official Red Ryder Range Model Carbine Action BB Gun. There’s only one problem: everyone else is convinced he’ll shoot his eye out Undeterred, he begins his saga of convincing all the necessary players, from his s... read more

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Based on the 1988 film of the same name , Dirty Rotten Scoundrels centers around two competing con men, living on the French Riviera. At first, the suave and experienced Lawrence Jameson takes the rookie con man, Freddy, under his wing. But soon Freddy is successful enough that he tries to comp... read more

Noises Off

Michael Frayn's Noises Off takes a fond look at the follies of theatre folk, whose susceptibility to out-of-control egos, memory loss, and passionate affairs turn every performance into a high-risk adventure. This play-within-a-play captures a touring theatre troupe’s production of Nothing On in... read more

Honk!

Based on Hans Christian Andersen's beloved story, "The Ugly Duckling," Honk tells the story of an odd-looking baby duck, Ugly, and his quest to find his mother. Soon after Ugly is born, he is seduced away by a wily Cat who wants to eat Ugly for dinner. Eventually, Ugly manages to escape, but has... read more

Schoolhouse Rock

Tom, a nervous school teacher about to start his first day of teaching, tries to relax by watching TV when various characters representing facets of his personality materialize from the set. These characters show him how to win his students over with imagination and music. At first Tom thinks the... read more

Brigadoon

When New Yorkers Tommy Albright and Jeff Douglas get lost on a vacation in the Scottish Highlands, they stumble into Brigadoon. Brigadoon is a mythical village that, they learn, appears for a single day once every hundred years. At first, Tommy and Jeff are mystified by the villagers’ 18th cent... read more

The Odd Couple

A divorced slob invites a group of the boys over for cards. One of the guests, who happens to be very meticulous and tense, has just been separated from his wife. The slob and the neat-freak decide to share one apartment; but patterns of their own disastrous marriages begin to reappear with hilar... read more