Guides for Musicals, Plays, Operas & Operettas

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Our House

Revolving around the music of British band, Madness, Our House follows the story of London lad Joe Casey. On the night of his sixteenth birthday, an over-excited Joe takes Sarah, the girl of his dreams, out for a romantic evening. On a whim, he breaks into a new building development near his hous... read more

Our Lady of Kibeho

In 1981, at Kibeho College in Rwanda, a young girl claims to have seen the Virgin Mary. Disbelieved both by her superiors and herby classmates, the girl -- Alphonsine -- is repeatedly ostracized, and scolded, out of fear. But when another student, Anathalie, also begins to witness the visions, a... read more

Out of this World

"Out of this World" is a musical adaptation of Plautus' comedy Amphitryon. The story revolves around the lives of Roman gods Mercury and Jupiter, who are in search of some earthly entertainment. The focus of their attention turns to a young bride, Helen and her husband, Art. Things get interesti... read more

Panama Hattie

"Panama Hattie" concerns Hattie Maloney, a nightclub singer in Panama, who is engaged to a military officer, Nick Bullett. Hattie desperately wants to fit in with Nick and his upper-crust world. She also struggles to win the support of Nick's 8-year-old daughter from a previous marriage. read more

Pardon My English

In order to promote the sale of alcoholic beverages, the German government has outlawed all soft drinks. As a result, soft drink speakeasies have been born. Golo Schmidt, a criminal mastermind, runs Klub 21 where illegal soft drinks are served. Golo used to be Michael Bramleigh, a suave British... read more

Paul Bunyan

The opera focuses on a group of lumberjacks in early America. The men, brought in from countries around the world, must work together to find a foreman and deal with the many difficulties of life in the New World. The giant Paul Bunyan, meanwhile, struggles to find a wife his size. Eventually,... read more

Peter Grimes

The tragic story of Peter Grimes revolves around the tormented title character, a fisherman who finds himself shunned by the rest of his small village.  At once the protagonist and the anti-hero, Grimes is gruff and unpopular, but the character is crafted with a certain degree of ambiguity so the... read more

Peter Pan (Peter and Wendy)

Peter Pan, or the Boy Who Would Never Grow Up is the stage play version of the classic book Peter Pan, written by J. M. Barrie in the early 1900s. Barrie’s well-known tale has been cherished for over a century, spawning countless recreations in the shape of a Broadway musical, both live action a... read more

The Philanthropist

The Philanthropist is Christopher Hampton’s revisioning of Moliere’s classic French play, The Misanthrope. The play follows the life of academic philologist, Philip, largely over a period of 24 hours, and his misadventures and inability at dealing with life. While out in the real world, the Prime... read more

Photograph 51

It’s the age of scientific discovery in the 1950’s, and researchers are scrambling to be the first to unlock the mysteries of DNA. Amongst these scientists is Rosalind Franklin, an underappreciated genius working as the sole woman in her field of study. When one of her photographs, Photograph 51,... read more