Guides for Musicals, Plays, Operas & Operettas

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Gloriana depicts the relationship between Queen Elizabeth I of England and the Earl of Essex. In the beginning of the opera, The Earl of Essex is the favorite of the Queen. By the end, he attempts to organize a rebellion against the Queen and is condemned to death. read more

Golden Boy

Golden Boy is the story of a young African-American man, Joe Wellington, who takes up prize fighting against his father's wishes. Joe ends up becoming a star and various managers and promoters compete for him. Trouble ensues when Joe falls in love with the white girlfriend of his manager, Lorna.... read more

The Grand Tour

Set in 1940, the story concerns an unlikely pair forced together due to approaching Nazis. S.L. Jacobowsky, a Polish Jewish intellectual, has purchased a car. Meanwhile, Stjerbinsky, an aristocratic, anti-Semitic Polish Colonel knows how to drive. The two men happen to meet each other at a Pari... read more

A Greek Slave

Show revolves around the tangled love lives and misunderstandings of a Roman household in A.D. 90. Roman patricians routinely pay to consult Heliodorus, a powerful Persian Wizard, on matters of love and fortune. However, life becomes much more confusing once his slave, Diomed, falls in love with... read more


In the magical town of Greenwillow, a spell has been placed in which the eldest of the Briggs men always must obey the œcall to wander. Gideon, the eldest of this generation of Briggs men, loves his girlfriend, Dorrie, and would like nothing better than to settle down with her. With the help o... read more

The Happiest Girl in the World

The women in ancient Athens have a problem: their men are constantly fighting and at war Inspired by Diana, the chaste goddess of the moon, the women decide to refuse sexual favors to the men until they have forsaken war. In the end, the Chief of State arrives with the summons to another war. H... read more

Happy Hunting

"Happy Hunting" concerns a wealthy, widowed Philadelphian, Liz Livingstone, who is snubbed at the Grace Kelly-Prince Rainier Wedding of the Year in Monaco. As a result, she is determined to find an even more impressive husband for her daughter, Beth. She tries to set Beth up with a dashing Duk... read more

Hazel Flagg

When the press finds out that a backwater Vermont girl is dying of radium poisoning, all of New York is talking about her story. Soon she falls in love with a sophisticated gentleman, Wallace Cook. When it turns out that Hazel does not have radium poisoning and is in fact healthy, everyone seem... read more

Hippolyte et Aricie

The story is taken from Classical mythology, by way of one of French literature's masterpieces, the Phèdre of Racine . It is the story of Thésée, king of Athens, who has gone to the Underworld in a vain attempt to rescue a friend. Meanwhile, in Athens, his wife Phèdre has fallen in love with the... read more

Honk! Junior

Based on Hans Christian Andersen's The Ugly Duckling, Honk tells the story of an odd looking baby duck, Ugly, and his quest to find his mother. Soon after Ugly is born, he is seduced away by a wily Cat who wants to eat Ugly for dinner. Eventually, Ugly manages to escape but has no idea how to ret... read more