Guides for Musicals, Plays, Operas & Operettas

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A Don't Hug Me Christmas Carol

It's Christmas Eve in Bunyan Bay, Minnesota and cantankerous bar owner Gunner Johnson gets in an argument with his wife, Clara. He tells her he's skipping Christmas, storms out of the bar, goes snowmobiling across the lake, falls through the ice on his skidoo and goes into a coma. He comes back i... read more


In this heart-warming musical, Santa narrates the story of Buddy, an apparently oversized elf who has been raised in the North Pole. During the lead up to Christmas, Buddy overhears the other elves discussing how he is really a human but hasn’t realized. He is devastated and Santa must reveal to... read more

Ernest in Love

Ernest in Love is the musical version of Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest. Two aristocratic young men use fake names to escape social obligations, which eventually lands them in hot water. Jack claims to have an irresponsible brother named Ernest, who is making trouble in London. Th... read more

First Impressions

The musical is concerned primarily with the rocky courtship between Elizabeth Bennet, an impoverished clergyman's daughter with four sisters, and Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy, a wealthy aristocrat who arrives in Miss Elizabeth's rural village in 1813. The course of true love is hindered by minor charact... read more

Gay Divorce

After meeting the American novelist, Guy Holden, Mimi Pratt will do whatever it takes to get out of her loveless marriage. She ends up staging an affair with a professional co-respondent. When he later runs into her at a seaside resort, she mistakes him for the paid co-respondent she has hired to... read more


Helzapoppin was a hilarious musical revue that was constantly rewritten to focus on current events. With no real plot, the show contained wild sight gags, zany props, audience participation sequences, dirty jokes, and numerous gunshots. read more

Here's Love

Here's Love tells the classic tale of Kris Kringle, a fat, white-bearded gentleman claiming to be the real Santa Claus. During the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade, the man hired to play Santa Clause shows up drunk. Thus, Kris is hired as a last-minute replacement. He is so good at his job that the... read more

Hit the Deck

The story concerns Loulou, the owner of a Newport coffee house, and her quest to convince her lover, Bilge , to marry her. read more

Hot Mikado

Hot Mikado takes the classic Gilbert and Sullivan tale and updates it to 1940s-style. Young Nanki-Poo, the Mikado’s son masquerading as a Second Trumpet player, arrives in the town of Titipu looking for the beautiful Yum-Yum. After bribing various officials he learns that she is still going to be... read more