Guides for Musicals, Plays, Operas & Operettas

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Sitting Pretty

‘Sitting Pretty’ involves a family inheritance up for grabs, budding romances for a pair of orphaned twins, and a "New Yoik" con artist with plans to abscond with the family jewels. Wealthy Mr. Pennington decides to adopt an uncouth young man named Horace. However, Horace’s uncle, who is a jewel... read more

Stop the World - I Want to Get Off

This innovative, symbolic musical examines the birth, life, and death of the clownish Littlechap. He is born into a circus-like world and struggles to make his way in life working as a tea-boy. One day, he falls in love with Evie, his boss’s daughter. When Evie becomes pregnant, the couple get ma... read more

Subways Are for Sleeping

‘Subways are for Sleeping’ concerns Angie McKay, a magazine writer assigned to write a story about a certain group of well-dressed homeless people sleeping in the New York subway. The leader of this group of well-dressed drifters is Tom Bailey, a one-man employment agency who finds other drifte... read more

Sunny

‘Sunny’ is a love story focusing on three couples. Sunny is trying to escape a forced marriage with Mr. Wendell-Wendell and stows away on a ship heading to New York. On the ship, Tom is traveling with his fiancée Marcia. Realizing that she will be refused entry into America, Sunny convinces Tom’s... read more

Sunny Afternoon

Sunny Afternoon is the hip, smart, funny, rocking ’n’ rolling story of 1960s London band The Kinks. Headed by brothers Ray and Dave Davies, The Kinks quickly rose to stardom with their landmark hit “You Really Got Me.” Fame soon proves to be a rocky road for the band to climb —demanding tour sche... read more

Sweethearts

After being carried off to safety during a war, Sylvia has been left in Dame Paula’s care. Mikel Mikeloviz, disguised as a monk, wants to restore her to the throne, which is about to be offered to Franz, the heir presumptive. Luckily, in the end, Franz and Sylvia fall in love and agree to rule t... read more

Take Me Along

In ‘Take Me Along’ the literary minded teen-ager, Richard Miller comes of age and has his first big crush, as his newspaper-editor father, Nat Miller, begins for the first time to feel old. Meanwhile, Nat's fun-loving, alcoholic brother-in-law, Sid Davis, returns to Centerville, having lost his... read more

Teddy & Alice

The story concerns President Theodore Roosevelt and his trials and tribulations trying to run the country, be a good father to his children and especially trying to deal with his stubborn and independent daughter Alice. Alice, smokes, dresses provocatively and speaks up about foreign policy issue... read more

The Tenderloin

Set in New York at the turn-of-the-century, Tenderloin recounts the efforts of a crusading minister as he attempts to shut down the notorious red-light district on the West Side of Manhattan and the staunch defenders of debauchery out to stop him. The 'do-gooder' Reverend Brock is aided by a repo... read more

Tin Pan Ali

In ‘Tin Pan Ali’ the traditional story of Ali Baba, the Arabian peasant whose discovery of a magic cave containing a trove of stolen riches leads to wealth and relentless pursuit by a band of forty thieves, is updated to now take place in Prohibition-era Chicago. The hero is a street sweeper, and... read more