Guides for Musicals, Plays, Operas & Operettas

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Lennon

A bio-musical about the life of John Lennon focusing on Lennon's solo career and almost exclusively in Lennon's own words read more

Made in Dagenham

Based on the 2010 film of the same name, Made in Dagenham is drawn from the real-life 1968 sewing machinists strike at the Ford factory in Dagenham, Essex. This strike was influential in the passing of the Equal Pay Act of 1970. The musical focuses on the leader of the strike, Rita O’Grady, as sh... read more

Moonlight and Magnolias

Legendary film producer David O. Selznick is five weeks into shooting Gone With the Wind when he realizes the script is awful, and that the director doesn't have a clue. He has five days to replace them, and restart the shoot, or the production will shut down. Selznick calls Victor Fleming from... read more

Nabucco

A political struggle is furthered by a love triangle; Fenena, the daughter of Nabucco, the King of Babylon is in love with Ismaele, the nephew of the King of Jerusalem, while Abigaille, the half-sister of Fenena is also in love with Ismaele. While the war rages between Babylon and Jerusalem, Abig... read more

Now We Are Pope: Frederick Rolfe in Venice

Now We Are Pope: Frederick Rolfe in Venice explores the last hour in the life of writer Frederick Rolfe , who died in Venice in 1913. A complex, cantankerous, and contradictory character, Rolfe relives a turbulent life, in which he made enemies with the same enthusiasm he sought friends, in which... read more

Oh What a Lovely War

Oh What a Lovely War was first performed at the Theatre Royal, Stratford East, London on March 19, 1963. The idea for a satirical critique of the First World War emerged out of Joan Littlewood’s Theatre Workshop and it was developed by Littlewood, her partner Greg Raffles, Charles Chilton, and th... read more

One Flea Spare

It is 1665. As London spirals toward disaster in plague-time, a wealthy aristocrat and his invalid wife remain under quarantine inside their lavish home. In the middle of the night, two intruders –- a sailor and a mysterious girl –- break in and start demanding food. In the ensuing days, all beha... read more

Our Lady of Kibeho

In 1981, at Kibeho College in Rwanda, a young girl claims to have seen the Virgin Mary. Disbelieved both by her superiors and herby classmates, the girl -- Alphonsine -- is repeatedly ostracized, and scolded, out of fear. But when another student, Anathalie, also begins to witness the visions, a... read more

Photograph 51

It’s the age of scientific discovery in the 1950’s, and researchers are scrambling to be the first to unlock the mysteries of DNA. Amongst these scientists is Rosalind Franklin, an underappreciated genius working as the sole woman in her field of study. When one of her photographs, Photograph 51,... read more

Present Laughter

A famous actor, Garry Essendine, finds himself visited by a young admirer, Daphne Stillington, who manages to convince him to allow her to stay the night. The next day, Garry manages to convince her to leave -- but only after Daphne meets all three of his employees. Garry's ex-wife, Liz Essendi... read more