Guides for Musicals, Plays, Operas & Operettas

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Passing Strange

A heartfelt, one-of-a-kind musical event, Passing Strange takes audiences on a journey from Los Angeles, to Amsterdam, to Berlin, and beyond. Rock musician Stew makes a powerful debut as playwright and narrator, telling the story of a nameless Youth who is on a quest to find “the real.” On the wa... read more

The Audience

The Audience takes place between 1952 and the present day. It focuses on Queen Elizabeth II’s private weekly meetings between her and each of her Prime Minister’s throughout her reign. These meetings have never been recorded and their content is unknown. In this innovative, modern play, Peter Mor... read more


In 1605, Robert Cecil, prime minister to King James I of England, commissions William Shagspeare to write a play about the recent Gunpowder Plot -- an attempt to blow up the king and his court. The king simply requests that "Shag" add some flattering dialogue -- and witches -- to the plot. Dur... read more

Goodtime Charley

Putting a comic spin on history, ˜Goodtime Charley' re-tells the story of Joan of Arc and a fun-loving, hedonistic Dauphin of France. read more

King John

King John holds the throne of England illegitimately, having stolen it from the rightful heir, his nephew Arthur. Supported by his powerful mother, Queen Elinor, John decides to go to war with France. Arthur's mother, Constance, has convinced Lewis, the Dauphin of France, to back Arthur. The a... read more

Life of Galileo

Life of Galileo is regarded as one of German playwright Bertolt Brecht’s greatest masterpieces. The play follows legendary astronomer and physicist Galileo Galilei in the later part of his life, and his struggle to prove the Copernican theory of a heliocentric universe. At the onset of the action... read more

A Man for All Seasons

A Man for All Seasons is based on the true story of Sir Thomas More, the 16th-century Chancellor of England, who refuses to endorse or denounce the king's wish to divorce his aging wife so that he can marry his mistress and produce a male heir to the throne. King Henry VIII's request is supported... read more

Million Dollar Quartet

On December 4, 1956, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Elvis Presley all found themselves at Sun Records in Memphis, Tennessee, and proceeded to record a legendary jam album. A Tony® Award Winning musical, Million Dollar Quartet recounts that single night with the meaningful and hum... read more

45 Seconds From Broadway

It is said that Neil Simon’s 45 Seconds from Broadway is Simon’s “Valentine to New York.” Set in the Polish Tea Room , characters wander in and out, sitting down, chatting with each other, building friendships, and giving glimpses into their lives in the “Big Apple.” Bernie and Zelda run the plac... read more

Abe Lincoln in Illinois

Abe Lincoln in Illinois is the story of the life of the American president, before he actually becomes president. At a young age, Abraham Lincoln learns of the problems of sectionalism in the United States, and has a great desire to end it. Despite his bright mind and passion, Lincoln runs into... read more