Guides for Musicals, Plays, Operas & Operettas

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The Spitfire Grill

Percy Talbot has just been released from a five year prison sentence for manslaughter. She is trying to find a place for a fresh start, and based on a page from an old travel book, travels to the small town of Gilead, Wisconsin. The local sheriff, Joe Sutter, who is also Percy’s parole officer, f... read more

Starlight Express

"Starlight Express" is a nine year old boy's dream. In his dream, his toy trains come to life for a spectacular race across America. The competition between steam, electric, and diesel engines is fast and fierce with entries from France, Italy, Russia, Great Britain, Germany, Japan and the U.S.A.... read more

They’re Playing Our Song

Nominated for Tony Awards in Best Musical and Best Book , this romantic comedy explores the ups and downs of the professional and personal relationship of songwriters Vernon and Sonia. After a series of trials and tribulations, love conquers all as they find true love before the final curtain. Wi... read more


The show chronicles nearly four decades in the life of an average American, Joseph Taylor, Jr., from cradle through a mid-life crisis and the knowledge of his wife's infidelity. Soon, however, he discovers who he is and the meaning of life. read more

Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story

Buddy is a bio-musical about the legendary Buddy Holly. The story concerns Buddy's start in the music business as the lead singer for a Country & Western band, his marriage to a Puerto Rican receptionist after a courtship of five hours, his trials and tribulations as a solo artist and finally h... read more

Bugsy Malone

It is 1929 in New York and the city is divided by gang warfare. On one side, Dandy Dan’s mob terrorise the district, taking out those they turn against with their new splurge guns. On the other side, Dandy Dan’s rival, Fat Sam, runs his successful Grand Slam Speakeasy. There, he deals with busine... read more

Can Can

Set in the year 1893, Can-Can tells the tale of Paris dance hall owner, La Mome Pistache, and her battle with a self-rightious judge, Aristide, who is determined to shut her business down. The sexy Can-Can dance has become popular and Judge Aristide is determined to stop it. When Judge Aristide i... read more

Caroline, or Change

1963, Lake Charles, Louisiana. While Martin Luther King Jr. is preaching and young demonstrators are marching, Caroline Thibodeaux, an African-American single mother of four, is underground, in the basement of the Gellman’s home, where nothing ever changes. Her company is the hum of the washer, t... read more

Dames at Sea

When talented young hopeful Ruby arrives in New York City with nothing but a pair of tap shoes in her suitcase, she is determined to break into show business. She stumbles into the cast of troubled show “Dames at Sea”, in which broke and pessimistic producer Hennesey is terrorized by Mona Kent, t... read more

Flowers for Algernon

In the show, doctors have created a new experimental medical technique to reverse retardation. Alice Kinnian, a teacher of retarded adults, convinces her pupil, Charlie Gordon, to be part of the experiment. Soon, Charlie becomes a genius and he and Alice fall in love. However, in the end, the... read more