Guides for Musicals, Plays, Operas & Operettas

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Seesaw

Jerry Ryan, a simple, young Midwestern lawyer comes to New York where he has a fling with a young Broadway dancer, Gittel. While the fling is only temporary, both Jerry and Gittel learn a great deal about themselves and have a great time exploring New York City. read more

La Traviata

A story of sickness, love, and death, La Traviata follows Violetta, a young courtesan who is ill with consumption as she falls, unwillingly, in love with a young man Alfredo. While she struggles with the fact that she is dying, she falls for him and they escape the city to live together in the Fr... read more

Turandot

The famous tale of Turandot revolves around the cold-hearted Princess of Peking, Turandot, and the young Prince of Tartary, Calaf, who falls in love with her at first sight. Having deemed all men unworthy of her hand, Turandot requires her suitors to answer three riddles correctly, and if he fail... read more

Bombay Dreams

Bombay Dreams tells the story of Akaash, a poor young man who dreams of becoming the next big star in Bollywood. Fate steps in when a wealthy pro-bono lawyer and his fiancée, the daughter of a famous Bollywood director, arrive to prevent the demolition of Akaash's slum. Akaash quickly falls in l... read more

Bright Star

Bright Star is the story of one woman at two different points in her life: the first, when she is a wild young thing growing up barefoot and carefree in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina; the second, when she is a well-to-do magazine editor in Asheville, 22 years later. Her story is inev... read more

Carmen Jones

In a Southern town during World War II, parachute maker Carmen Jones successfully seduces a soldier named Joe away from his fiancé. Soon, Carmen loses interest in Joe when she meets Husky Miller, a successful prize fighter. On the night of Husky's big fight Joe ends up stabbing Carmen to deat... read more

The Clean House

A romantic comedy about loss, love, change and redemption, The Clean House is both whimsical and touching. A serious career-oriented doctor, Lane, has hired a quirky Brazilian maid. The only problem is that the maid, Matilde, hates to clean. Instead, she longs to be a comedienne. Lane is deserte... read more

Don Pasquale

The wealthy old bachelor, Don Pasquale, has decided to take a wife so that he may produce an heir, cutting out his insubordinate nephew, Ernesto, out of his inheritance. Refusing to enter into an arranged marriage, Ernesto is devastated to think of a life without, Norina, a beautiful widowed woma... read more

I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change

I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change is a witty musical revue that tackles modern love in all its forms.: from the perils and pitfalls of the first date to marriage, children, and the twilight years of life. Set in the modern world and told in a series of vignettes and songs I Love You, You’re... read more

Lady Be Good

When the orphaned Dick and Susie Trevor are evicted and living on the street with a thunderstorm on the horizon, they are eager to sacrifice him- or herself to help the other. They both end up falling in love with the wrong person and try to find wealthy spouses. Luckily, all turns out well wh... read more