Guides for Musicals, Plays, Operas & Operettas

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Sylvia

Greg is a man of middle age, a restless empty-nester, tired of his job in finance, looking for meaning in his life. Sylvia is an exuberant and beautiful lab/poodle mix, astray in Central Park, looking for a new home. When they meet, it is love at first sight. But his wife Kate, a busy rising star... read more

Tadzio Speaks . . . (Death in Venice Revisited)

In the classic novella and film Death in Venice, the aging Gustav von Aschenbach becomes obsessed with the beauty of a boy he sees on the beach, the fourteen-year-old Tadzio. Although the two never speak, a silent relationship grows between them, a relationship which binds the older man inexorabl... read more

Take Me Along

In ‘Take Me Along’ the literary minded teen-ager, Richard Miller comes of age and has his first big crush, as his newspaper-editor father, Nat Miller, begins for the first time to feel old. Meanwhile, Nat's fun-loving, alcoholic brother-in-law, Sid Davis, returns to Centerville, having lost his... read more

Tambourines to Glory

Tambourines To Glory is a musical play written in 1956. In 1958, Hughes turned the play into a novel. The story centers on two female preachers who open a storefront church in Harlem. They are both from the South. Much of the play centers on the fact that the two women want money for very differe... read more

Tamerlano

The defeated Ottoman Emperor, Beyazit, is a prisoner of Timurlenk. When Timurlenk releases him, Beyazit threatens to commit suicide but is dissuaded by Adnronicus. Timurlenk is in love with Beyazit's daughter, Asteria. In return for her love, Timurlenk will allow him to live. Meanwhile, he a... read more

Teddy & Alice

The story concerns President Theodore Roosevelt and his trials and tribulations trying to run the country, be a good father to his children and especially trying to deal with his stubborn and independent daughter Alice. Alice, smokes, dresses provocatively and speaks up about foreign policy issue... read more

The Tenderloin

Set in New York at the turn-of-the-century, Tenderloin recounts the efforts of a crusading minister as he attempts to shut down the notorious red-light district on the West Side of Manhattan and the staunch defenders of debauchery out to stop him. The 'do-gooder' Reverend Brock is aided by a repo... read more

Teuzzone

After the emperor Troncone dies in battle he leaves his son Teuzzone as inheritor to the throne. Meanwhile, numerous others also desire to ascend to the thrown including Troncone's young widow Zidiana, General Sivenio, and the prime minister, Cino. The opera is filled with political intrigue an... read more

There Shall Be No Night

A Nobel Prize-winning scientist in Finland, Dr. Kaarlo Valkonen, and his wife, Miranda, do not want to believe rumors that Russia is planning to invade Finland. When they do invade, their son, Erik, joins the army, and in response, Dr. Valkonen joins the medical corps, hoping that this war will... read more

This Is How It Goes

Our narrator, “The Man”, has just moved back to his hometown in the Midwest when he surreptitiously runs into his high school crush, Belinda Phipps. Belinda is, apparently, living the American dream: she lives in a luxurious house with her high school sweetheart, Cody, a rich African-American man... read more