Guides for Musicals, Plays, Operas & Operettas

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Grey Gardens

Based on the 1975 documentary film of the same name, Grey Gardens is a tragic, frequently funny, and utterly unforgettable musical about two “staunch” and legendary American women: Edith Bouvier Beale, and her grown daughter, Edie. Grey Gardens begins at the grand 1941 engagement party of stunni... 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

Baby

The show concerns three couples on a university campus as they deal with the painful, rewarding and agonizingly funny consequences of conceiving a baby. There are the college students, barely at the beginning of their adult lives; the thirty-somethings, having trouble conceiving but determined to... 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

Grand Hotel

In 1928 Berlin, the world is between wars and the stock market is booming. The center of the action is the illustrious Grand Hotel. The show concerns the eccentric guests of the hotel including a beautiful Prima Ballerina; the charming but broke young Baron; the determined Hollywood hopeful; the... read more

Applause

In late the late 1960s, Margo Channing is a Broadway star. However, she secretly is paranoid about her age. Soon, an ambitious chorus girl, Eve, warms up to her. However, the admiring chorus girl quickly becomes Margo’s worst enemy and competition. Eve ends up understudying for Margo and then sab... read more

The Apple Tree

The Apple Tree consists of three one-act musicals about men, women and struggles with temptation. The first, "The Diary Of Adam And Eve," is based on a book by Mark Twain. The second, The Lady Or The Tiger?," explores the fickleness of love in a rock and roll fable set in a mythical barbarian kin... read more

Dear Evan Hansen

Dear Evan Hansen tells the story of a young man with social anxiety disorder who so yearns to make a connection with his peers that he fabricates a relationship with a deceased student to become closer to the boy’s family. When a classmate commits suicide, shy Evan Hansen finds himself at the cen... read more

Finian's Rainbow

With Irish whimsy, melodious magic, and biting social commentary, Finian’s Rainbow tackles the American Dream and the state of civil rights in the post-World War II United States. Pursued by a vengeful leprechaun, crafty Finian McLonergan drags his daughter Sharon and a stolen crock of gold all... read more

Flower Drum Song

Set in the late 1950s, Rodgers and Hammerstein's Flower Drum Song centers on naive immigrant, Mei-Li, who arrives in San Francisco's Chinatown, after fleeing communist China. The young refugee is befriended by Wang, who is struggling to keep the Chinese Opera theatrical tradition alive, despite h... read more