Guides for Musicals, Plays, Operas & Operettas

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The Beard of Avon

Depressed, creatively stifled, and seeking space from his scolding and promiscuous wife, Anne Hathaway, simple stage-struck farmer Will Shakspere runs away to London, to join a company of Players. Sincere, innocent, and eager to please, Shakspere quickly finds himself involved in court intrigue a... read more

Becket ou l'Honneur de Dieu

Set in England during the twelfth century, Jean Anouilh's Becket tells the story of the relationship between Thomas Becket and Henry Plantagenet, known to history as King Henry II of England. As a young man, Thomas Becket was anything but a saint. As King Henry II's closest friend, Becket enjoy... read more

Blondel

˜Blondel' is a rock opera that tells the story of the 12th century minstrel Blondel who sets off around Europe to find King Richard, off on a Crusade, and stop the usurper of the throne, Prince John. But can he accomplish his mission in spite of the hired assassin trying to kill him? read more

Borstal Boy

This Tony Award-winning play is adapted from Brendan Behan's autobiography of the same title. When young Behan, who has joined the IRA, is sent to Liverpool to plant bombs in a shipyard, he is caught and sent to a harsh prison. There, Behan must figure out how to survive the brutality of sadisti... read more

The Capeman

"The Capeman" is based on the true story of Salvador Agron, a teenage Puerto Rican gang member who grew up in New York. The show starts with his childhood in Puerto Rico. Soon, his family moves to New York and Salvador must deal with the difficult transition and an abusive step father. He soon jo... read more

Corpus Christi

Corpus Christi is the story of Joshua, a young gay man, born in Corpus Christi, Texas, who grows up, falls in love, gains 12 followers, and is utimately persecuted for being just as radical with his message of love and self-divinity as another man from Nazareth was nearly 2,000 years before. Te... read more

Edward II

Edward II features playwright Christopher Marlowe's most nuanced characters and some of his finest language. In weak, stubborn Edward II, Marlowe created a compelling portrait of a flawed monarch. Though the son of a great general, Edward is an ineffectual king and, in the grips of a romantic obs... read more

Gee's Bend

Gee's Bend is the story of the Pettway women, quilters from the isolated community of Gee's Bend, Alabama. Beginning in 1939, the play follows Alice, her daughters Sadie and Nella, and Sadie's husband, Macon, through segregation, family strife, and the Civil Rights movement. Throughout their li... read more

God's Country

God's Country deals with racial hatred and a true story about an event in the 1980's. The story is about a white supremacist who commits crimes to raise money for its acts of racial hatred. This group was called The Order. Eventually, members of this group kill a Jewish radio host. read more