Guides for Musicals, Plays, Operas & Operettas

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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

The Foreigner

The Foreigner is a fun, two-act comedy by American playwright Larry Shue. The story takes place in a fishing lodge in rural Tilghman County, Georgia where two Englishmen, Froggy and Charlie, arrive as guests. The shy Charlie agreed to accompany Froggy on the trip after his sick wife begged him t... read more

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) or The Compleat Wrks of Willm Shkspr (Abridged)

How on earth can three men do the impossible: act through Shakespeare’s entire canon-37 plays- in 97 minutes? By summarizing the canon through football plays, rap songs, and outrageously condensed, comedy mash-up titles , of course The Complete Works of William Shakespeare hilariously summarizes... read more

Rumors

In 1988, Neil Simon needed to cheer himself up. The solution was a farce in two acts, set in Palisades, that shows a dinner party gone topsy-turvy. An enjoyable romp that has been staged countless times all over the country, this is one of Simon's most celebrated comedies. But it carries a subtle... read more

Blithe Spirit

Blithe Spirit is set at the house of writer, Charles Condomine, and his wife, Ruth. One evening, Charles invites local eccentric medium, Madame Arcati, to hold a seance at his house. He asks along his friends, Dr. and Mrs. Bradman, intending to gather character inspiration from Madame Arcati for... read more

The Full Monty

Six unemployed steelworkers in Buffalo, New York are miserable. They have no cash and no prospects. Meanwhile, they catch their wives and other women going crazy over male strippers. The six men then set out to make some quick cash showing off their "real man" bodies by becoming a team of male st... read more

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

Chekhov is alive and well in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, where adult siblings Vanya and Sonia reside in their old family home, mourning their lost dreams and missed opportunities. When their often-wrong, fortune-telling maid warns of impending dangers, and their movie star sister, Masha, arrives... read more

Lend Me a Tenor

On a very important night for the Cleveland Grand Opera Company, Tito Mirelli, the world-famous Italian tenor, is set to perform the starring role in Otello. Henry Saunders -- General Manager of the company -- is beyond stressed about everything turning out right, and insists that his assistant,... read more

Promises, Promises

The musical follows a young, ambitious accountant for the New York insurance company named Chuck Baxter. Chuck climbs the ladder by allowing the firm's executives to his midtown apartment for extramarital love affairs. Trouble occurs when Chuck discovers that the object of his own love, Fran Kube... read more

H.M.S Pinafore

Since its premiere in 1878, Gilbert and Sullivan’s wildly popular operetta H.M.S. Pinafore has delighted audiences with a nautically-tinged story of star-crossed lovers. The gentlemanly Captain Corcoran of the good ship Pinafore has a daughter, Josephine, who is in love with a lowly but gallant... read more