Guides for Musicals, Plays, Operas & Operettas

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Jack and the Beanstalk

Taking place in medieval England, the musical makes some wacky additions to the classic childhood story. In the show, Jack climbs the fabled beanstalk, only to find a friendly, lovable Giant and a tap-dancing Golden Goose. Along the way, he encounters his long-lost father and a villainous Baron... read more

Starlight Express

"Starlight Express" is a nine year old boy's dream. In his dream, his toy trains come to life for a spectacular race across America. The competition between steam, electric, and diesel engines is fast and fierce with entries from France, Italy, Russia, Great Britain, Germany, Japan and the U.S.A.... read more

On a Clear Day You Can See Forever

Daisy Gamble has some unusual powers like hearing phones before they ring and making flowers grow just by talking to them. However, she thinks she's just a normal person. In fact, her primary concern is trying to quit smoking in order to please her fiance. To accomplish this goal, she seeks the h... read more

The Adventures of Mr. Toad

Mr. Toad and his animal friends live a wonderful life in Toad Hall. However, Mr. Toad has a passion for speed, driving and mischief His slower-paced friends Mole, Rat and Badger are constantly trying to keep him out of mischief. Finally, after steeling a car, Mr. Toad goes to jail. In his absence... read more

The Frogs

The plot concerns a frog-infested journey by the elderly juvenile, Dionysos, accompanied by his slave, Xanthias, to Hades. The two men are in search of a famous writer who will help them save the world from destruction read more

The Arabian Nights

It is a well-known tale: King Shahryar, after finding his first wife in the arms of another, murders her and her lover. Left alone, the King decides to marry a new woman eight night -- only to kill her in the morning. That is, until Scheherezade courageously marries the King and begins telling... read more

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child [Part One]

Nineteen years after Harry Potter left Hogwarts School for Magic, the famous wizard is now a hard-working employee of the Ministry for Magic and father to three teenaged children. However, his younger son, Albus, struggles with the responsibility and weight of being Harry Potter’s son. Magic and... read more

Lestat

Lestat is the story of a man who escapes the tyranny of his oppressive family only to have his life taken from him by the vampire, Magnus. Now a vampire himself, Lestat is thrust into the seductive and sensual world of immortality. However, Lestat struggles to reconcile his innate sense of good... read more

Copenhagen

In the afterlife, friends Werner Heisenberg, Niels Bohr, and Niels' wife, Margrethe, meet to discuss a question that has been plaguing the group since before they died: "Why did Heisenberg visit Bohr in Copenhagen at the height of World War II?" As a German physicist whose funding was sponsored b... read more

The Skin of Our Teeth

George and Maggie Antrobus live a seemingly perfect life in suburban Excelsior, New Jersey, along with their children, Henry and Gladys, and their maid, Sabrina. Little do they know that the Ice Age is upon them, the Floods are coming, and War is on the horizon. The story of the Antrobus’ journey... read more