Guides for Musicals, Plays, Operas & Operettas

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Mercenary Mary

Chris’ wealthy grandfather objects so much to Chris’ marriage to Mary that he takes Chris off of his will. Determined to inherit Grandpa’s riches, Chris and Mary decide to stage a divorce and then quietly remarry. read more

Mexican Hayride

Joe Bascom, a.k.a. Humphrey Fish, is a wanted American criminal hiding out in Mexico. At a bullfight, he is mistakenly chosen as the ˜good-will ambassador' and thrust into a position of publicity and scrutiny. Pursued by police, he and fellow criminal, Lombo Campos flee. As the two men travel ac... read more

Milk and Honey

Set in Israel, "Milk and Honey" tells the story of an old American visiting his married daughter who finds love with the widow, Ruth Stein. Trouble ensues when it turns out that while separated for many years, Phil is still married. In the end, Phil promises Ruth that he will fly to Paris, wher... read more

A Minister's Wife

A Minister’s Wife is a new chamber musical, based on George Bernard Shaw’s play, Candida. It is set in London at the end of the 19th century and hones in on the marriage of the Reverend James Morell and his wife, Candida. However, all is not as it seems, as into their marriage comes the poet, Eug... read more

Minnie's Boys

Minnie's Boys traces the early years of the Marx Brothers. Mother Minnie helps her boys form a vaudeville act and develop their distinctive comedic identities as Groucho, Harpo, Chico, and Zeppo. read more

Miss Liberty

The story concerns an over-aggressive newspaper photographer, Horace, who attempts to seek out the model who posed for the creation of the Statue of Liberty. He visits Paris where he believes he has found her. He then brings the model, Monique, back to the United States for a grand tour around... read more

Mr. President

President Stephen Decatur Henderson loses his bid for re-election due to a botched trip to the Soviet Union. Eventually, at the behest of the new president, he returns to political life as a Senator. read more

The Nervous Set

The Nervous Set takes place in New York City in 1950 and focuses on the personal life of the editor of an off-beat literary magazine, Brad, and his wife, Jan. The show follows their attempts to find meaning and love in a society they find discontented -- or overly contented to the point of dullne... read more

New Girl in Town

Chris Christopherson, an old, hard-drinking Swedish barge captain, is thrilled to hear that his daughter, Anna, is coming to visit. He hasn't seen her in over fifteen years and remembers her as a sweet and innocent little girl. At first, the reunion goes well. Anna fits in with her father's frien... read more


The Emperor of China hears that one of the most beautiful things in his own land is the song of the nightingale. He sends his courtiers to take a nightingale from the nearby forest and present her as a guest at court. The bird can communicate with the humans and agrees to come, but when the Emper... read more