Guides for Musicals, Plays, Operas & Operettas

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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

Forever Plaid

High school pals Sparky, Jinx, Smudge, and Francis -- the “Plaids” -- are talented “guy group” -- just four nice young men who love singing harmony. They practice in the basement of Smudge’s family’s plumbing supply company, play proms and department stores, and dream about success. When the Pl... read more

The Last Ship

The Last Ship is set in the English seafaring town of Wallsend, a close-knit community where life has always revolved around the local shipyard and the hardworking men construct magnificent vessels with tremendous pride. But Gideon Fletcher dreams of a different future. He sets out to travel the... read more

On a Clear Day You Can See Forever

Daisy Gamble has some unusual powers like hearing phones before they ring and making flowers grow just by talking to them. However, she thinks she's just a normal person. In fact, her primary concern is trying to quit smoking in order to please her fiance. To accomplish this goal, she seeks the h... read more

Ruthless

Ruthless is the story of a naive 1950s housewife, Judy, and her adorable but sociopath 8-year-old daughter Tina. Encouraged by her manager, Sylvia, Tina will do ANYTHING to get the lead role in her school play “including murdering the leading lady" In Act II, while Tina spends time at a reform sc... read more

Side by Side by Sondheim

‘Side by Side by Sondheim’ is a musical revue focusing on both famous and obscure songs by Broadway icon Stephen Sondheim. Sondheim’s songs bring up themes such as marriage and the meaning of happiness. Cast members use their own names. read more

1776

It is a long hot summer in Philadelphia, and the Continental Congress is an exhausted, annoyed, quarrelsome collection of men, at each other’s throats over the burning question of independence from Great Britain. John Adams, the passionate crusader for rebellion, races against time: if the congre... read more

The Adventures of Mr. Toad

Mr. Toad and his animal friends live a wonderful life in Toad Hall. However, Mr. Toad has a passion for speed, driving and mischief His slower-paced friends Mole, Rat and Badger are constantly trying to keep him out of mischief. Finally, after steeling a car, Mr. Toad goes to jail. In his absence... read more

Bring Back Birdie

Bring Back Birdie is the sequel to one of the great musicals of all time - Bye Bye Birdie. The show takes place twenty years after the events depicted in Bye, Bye Birdie and focuses on Albert and Rose trying to bring back Conrad Birdie for a guest appearance on a Grammy Awards Show. read more

Doctor Dolittle

Based on the stories of Hugh Lofting and the hit movie starring Eddie Murphy, the musical concerns the classic tale of a wacky but kind Doctor who can talk to animals. The show takes the audience on a journey from the small English village of Puddleby-in-the-Marsh to the far corners of the world... read more