Guides for Musicals, Plays, Operas & Operettas

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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

110 in the Shade

Based on the hit play and movie The Rainmaker, 110 in the Shade focuses on one unmarried woman named Lizzie living in a small western town besieged by a long drought. Lizzie is dealing with another type of drought: her love life. Intelligent yet plain, she is worried that she will soon become an... read more

Bus Stop

In the middle of a howling snowstorm, a bus out of Kansas City pulls up at a small roadside diner. All roads are blocked, and the weary travelers on board have to take refuge in the diner until morning. Cherie, a nightclub singer, has the most to worry about. She's being pursued by "a young cowbo... read more

Aspects of Love

Alex Dillingham, a young soldier, is smitten by Rose Vibart, a young actress whom he meets after her performance at a Montpelier theatre. Alex then invites Rose to spend some time with him at his wealthy uncle's mansion in Pau. Uncle George is away but discovers Alex's plans and decides to come t... read more

Funny Face

Funny Face is best known as a musical film released in 1957, based on the 1927 Broadway version by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin. The story revolves around Jo, a shy, bookshop clerk-come-amateur philosopher, who is discovered by a famous fashion photographer and finds herself at a major fashio... read more

The Goodbye Girl

Set in New York City, "The Goodbye Girl" tells the story of an unlikely romance between Paula, a bitter, single mother who has been jilted one too many times, and Eliot, the opinionated actor who shows up on her doorstep with a lease to sublet her apartment. read more

Promises, Promises

The musical follows a young, ambitious accountant for the New York insurance company named Chuck Baxter. Chuck climbs the ladder by allowing the firm's executives to his midtown apartment for extramarital love affairs. Trouble occurs when Chuck discovers that the object of his own love, Fran Kube... read more

Song and Dance

Tell Me on a Sunday, the first act of Song and Dance by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Don Black, and Richard Maltby Jr. tells the story of an ordinary British hat-maker who journeys to America in search of love. Her romantic misadventures take her on a journey from New York City, to Los Angeles and back t... read more

Così fan tutte

A hilarious farce, Così fan tutte revolved around a bet made among three men; Don Alfonso, the older and more cynical of the bunch, bets Ferrando and Guglielmo that he can prove that their girlfriends, Fiordiligi and Dorabella, are unfaithful like all women. Don Alfonso, with the help of Despina,... read more

Can Can

Set in the year 1893, Can-Can tells the tale of Paris dance hall owner, La Mome Pistache, and her battle with a self-rightious judge, Aristide, who is determined to shut her business down. The sexy Can-Can dance has become popular and Judge Aristide is determined to stop it. When Judge Aristide i... read more