Guides for Musicals, Plays, Operas & Operettas

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Sweeney Todd

One of the darkest musicals ever written, Sweeney Todd: A Musical Thriller is the unsettling tale of a Victorian-era barber who returns home to London after fifteen years of exile to take revenge on the corrupt judge who ruined his life. When revenge eludes him, Sweeney swears vengeance on the e... read more

Carrie: The Musical

In this revamped, contemporary version of the famous 1988 production, Carrie: The Musical follows a young woman with telekinetic powers. An outcast at school, where she is bullied viciously for her differences, Carrie is also lost at home, with a fervently religious mother whose love traps her i... read more

Dracula

Dracula by Steven Dietz closely follows the source material of the novel. The suspenseful story is based on the classic legend of the Transylvanian vampire Dracula. The lead characters in the play work to piece together Dracula’s identity. They make a valiant attempt to stop him from taking new v... read more

Bat Boy

Bat Boy: The Musical was inspired by a series of tabloid headlines published in 1992 by The Weekly World News claiming that a terrifying creature, half-man and half-bat, had been discovered in a cave, escaped, and was being pursued by government officials. In Farley, Flemming, and O’Keefe’s music... read more

The Pillowman

In an interrogation room in an unnamed totalitarian dictatorship, Katurian Katurian, a writer, is being interrogated by two detectives. Next door, Katurian’s mentally disabled brother Michal waits. The detectives want to know why Katurian’s stories feature gruesome plots about child murder and to... read more

Phantom

The musical is a bloody melodrama about the frightening caped and masked ˜phantom' living in the depths of the Paris Opera. The Phantom lives for beautiful music and is mesmerized by a young and beautiful soprano, Christine. He offers to train the girl and make her into a great singer. Trouble... read more

Titus Andronicus

Shakespeare’s most gruesome effort as a dramatist begins with an argument over succession to the throne of Emperor in Rome, progresses through a series of awful rapes and murders, and ends with nearly everyone who speaks in the first scene of the play left either dead or mutilated -- or both. Tit... read more

The Turn of the Screw

Written in 1954, The Turn of the Screw is the last of Benjamin Britten’s chamber operas, based on the gothic horror novella of the same title.  A sheltered young governess is sent to care for two children in a country house called Bly.  At first, her new post seems perfect--the children, Miles an... read more

Love Never Dies

In Andrew Lloyd-Webber’s surprising sequel to his epic hit, , the time is 1907; the place, New York City; and the Phantom , having escaped the furious mob in Paris, has done well for himself. As the mysterious impresario behind Mr. Y’s Phantasma, a popular circus and vaudeville theatre on rough a... read more

Metropolis

Part gothic horror story, part science fiction romance, Metropolis presents a grim view of a futuristic city dominated by machines. Human energy is ruthlessly harnessed to benefit only the elitists who live above ground. The workers toil beneath the earth's surface working with monstrous machiner... read more