Guides for Musicals, Plays, Operas & Operettas

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Western Star

The show takes place in the Colorado Territory, circa 1875. The citizens of the town of Esperanza want to build a church and have raised $5000 for the project. However, they have no minister. When the conman, Sam Goode, convinces the townsfolk to let him become the minister, events are set in mo... read more

The Whale

In a run-down apartment in rural Idaho, surrounded by screens and food containers, a six-hundred pound recluse doggedly and determinedly eats himself to death. As he inches closer and closer the inevitable, his friend Liz, a cynical atheist nurse, and Elder Thomas, a young, hopeful Mormon mission... read more

What About Luv?

The show takes place on the Brooklyn Bridge over New York’s East River. Harry is about commit suicide by jumping off. Meanwhile, his old schoolmate, Milt, appears planning to meet his wife on the bridge and then kill her so he can run off with a sexy girl from the office. Luckily, when Harry and... read more

What The Butler Saw

What the Butler Saw, Joe Orton’s final play, is an intensely funny farce set in the sexually charged private clinic of psychiatrist, Dr. Prentice. As the play opens, Dr. Prentice is interviewing the young, attractive Geraldine Barclay to be his new secretary. During her brief interview, she revea... read more

What Corbin Knew

What Corbin Knew is a comedy about Richard Corbin who is an architect that has a fancy skybox. He meets and invites two new couples to enjoy his skybox. One couple is rich and obnoxious and the other is also obnoxious but struggling financially. By the end of Act 1, a death has occurred. The pl... read more

The Whipping Man

Playwright Matthew Lopez’s first work, The Whipping Man, has been sweeping regional and professional theaters since its debut. The play examines a vital, but not often spoken of period in American history, the post-Civil War South, as former slaves and slavemasters struggled to acclimate to the n... read more

The White Horse Inn

Set in the beautiful Salzkammergut region of Upper Austria, ‘The Whitehorse Inn’ concerns the head waiter of the White Horse Inn in St. Wolfgang, Leopold Brandmeyer, who is desperately in love with the owner of the inn, Josepha Vogelhuber, a resolute young woman who at first only has eyes for one... read more

The White Rose

In 1940s Germany, a group of students, who formed a group called the White Rose, which preached non-violence, is arrested. Each of the students is interrogated by the Munich Gestapo, led by Robert Mohr. Once they are found guilty of treason, they are all executed. read more

Wildcat

Wildcat “Wildy” Jackson and her sister Janie arrive in Centavo City determined to strike it rich in the oil prospecting business. She manages to acquire a small plot of land and tries to convince the brilliant crew foreman, Joe Dynamite, to work for her. When Joe thinks there is no oil on Wildy’s... read more

Wildcat on Safari

Set in a Safari Park, ‘Wildcat On Safari’ concerns the adventures of a loveable, scruffy Wildcat and his eccentric friends Fox and Beaver as they try to find the missing son of King Lion. Before long they are drawn into a scheming panther's dastardly plot to depose the mighty King Lion read more