Guides for Musicals, Plays, Operas & Operettas

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Simply Heavenly

The show takes place in Paddy’s bar, whose customers are mostly African-American, hard working or jobless. 'Simple' has a wife awaiting an expensive divorce, a girlfriend awaiting a wedding ring, and an indefatigable weakness for the local man-eater, Arcie. When faced with choosing between tempta... read more

Sing a Rude Song

‘Sing a Rude’ song concerns the life of the great singer, Marie Lloyd. The show focuses on her rise to fame in the late 19th century/early 20th century and her chaotic private life and troubled marriages. read more

Sitting Pretty

‘Sitting Pretty’ involves a family inheritance up for grabs, budding romances for a pair of orphaned twins, and a "New Yoik" con artist with plans to abscond with the family jewels. Wealthy Mr. Pennington decides to adopt an uncouth young man named Horace. However, Horace’s uncle, who is a jewel... read more

SpongeBob SquarePants

SpongeBob SquarePants is the musical adaptation of Nickelodeon’s long-running animated children’s sitcom of the same name. We find ourselves in the undersea city of Bikini Bottom, inhabited by happy-go-lucky and ever-optimistic yellow sea sponge SpongeBob SquarePants and his equally quirky circle... read more

Stop the World - I Want to Get Off

This innovative, symbolic musical examines the birth, life, and death of the clownish Littlechap. He is born into a circus-like world and struggles to make his way in life working as a tea-boy. One day, he falls in love with Evie, his boss’s daughter. When Evie becomes pregnant, the couple get ma... read more

Subways Are for Sleeping

‘Subways are for Sleeping’ concerns Angie McKay, a magazine writer assigned to write a story about a certain group of well-dressed homeless people sleeping in the New York subway. The leader of this group of well-dressed drifters is Tom Bailey, a one-man employment agency who finds other drifte... read more

Sunny

‘Sunny’ is a love story focusing on three couples. Sunny is trying to escape a forced marriage with Mr. Wendell-Wendell and stows away on a ship heading to New York. On the ship, Tom is traveling with his fiancée Marcia. Realizing that she will be refused entry into America, Sunny convinces Tom’s... read more

Sunny Afternoon

Sunny Afternoon is the hip, smart, funny, rocking ’n’ rolling story of 1960s London band The Kinks. Headed by brothers Ray and Dave Davies, The Kinks quickly rose to stardom with their landmark hit “You Really Got Me.” Fame soon proves to be a rocky road for the band to climb —demanding tour sche... read more

Sweethearts

After being carried off to safety during a war, Sylvia has been left in Dame Paula’s care. Mikel Mikeloviz, disguised as a monk, wants to restore her to the throne, which is about to be offered to Franz, the heir presumptive. Luckily, in the end, Franz and Sylvia fall in love and agree to rule t... 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