Guides for Musicals, Plays, Operas & Operettas

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The Tempest

For twelve years, Prospero, the exiled Duke of Milan, has been living on a remote, uninhabited Mediterranean Island with only his daughter, Miranda , Caliban , and Ariel . Prospero has learned the magical arts through deep meditative study, and uses his supernatural powers to exert his authority... 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

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 Adventures of Tom Sawyer

"The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" is the Broadway adaptation of Mark Twain's classic book. The story revolves around Tom Sawyer, a fourteen-year-old boy growing up in America's heartland. Along the way, Tom and his friend, Huckleberry Finn, are witness to a murder at the hands of the evil villain, I... read more

Xanadu

Slap on your roller skates, pump up the glitter, and get hip to the muses in Xanadu, the laugh-out-loud musical stage adaptation of the 1980 film. Xanadu follows Clio, the lovely and precocious Greek muse who decides to put on some rollerskates. legwarmers, and an Australian accent in order to he... read more

Big

Josh Baskin is sick of being an awkward kid. At a carnival, he makes a wish to the Zoltar machine to become big. To his shock, his wish is granted. After an understandably awkward beginning, Josh is forced to do ˜adult' things like getting a job and a girlfriend. However, in the end, Josh realiz... read more

Cymbeline

One of Shakespeare’s last plays, and one of his few genre-bending romances, Cymbeline contains story elements and themes from many familiar tragedies, including his own. Considered one of Shakespeare’s greatest heroines, Imogen is the daughter of King Cymbeline of Britain, who falls in love and s... read more

Big River

While Huckleberry Finn continues his reckless, adventure-loving ways, his alcoholic and violent father, Pap, demands custody over the boy. Unable to prevent Pap from taking Huck, the Judge forces Huck to comply. Fearing for his life, Huck takes off on a raft down the Mississippi River. Along t... read more