Guides for Musicals, Plays, Operas & Operettas

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Made in Dagenham

Based on the 2010 film of the same name, Made in Dagenham is drawn from the real-life 1968 sewing machinists strike at the Ford factory in Dagenham, Essex. This strike was influential in the passing of the Equal Pay Act of 1970. The musical focuses on the leader of the strike, Rita O’Grady, as sh... read more

The Maid of the Mountains

In "The Maid of the Mountains" the chief bandit, Baldassare has decided to disband. Soon, however, the local Governor captures Baldassare's lover, Teresa. At first, she steadfastly refuses to give up Baldassare's location. However, she is furious when she discovers that he has fallen in love wit... read more

Major Barbara

Major Barbara explores the conflict between charity and wealth through the lens of the Undershaft family. Barbara, a daughter in the family, is a major in the Salvation Army. Her father, Andrew, is a wealthy munitions manufacturer, whom the rest of the family hasn't seen for 20 years. The conf... read more

A Man of No Importance

A Man of No Importance tells the story of Alfie Byrne, an Oscar Wilde-loving bus driver in 1960’s Dublin. Alfie’s passion is directing an amateur group of thespians called the St. Imelda’s Players. The dedicated performers are determined to stage the controversial “Salome” at their local church.... read more

Me and Juliet

‘Me and Juliet’ revolves around the inner mechanisms of a Broadway musical and two sets of lovers. The show-within-the-show is also titled "Me and Juliet" and stars famous literary heroes and heroines: Juliet, Don Juan, and Carmen, alongside an everyman named "Me." The main characters include the... 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

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

Mourning Becomes Electra

A trilogy of tragic plays inspired by Aeschylus’ Oresteia trilogy, Mourning Becomes Electra is Eugene O’Neill’s tragic masterpiece, rivaled only by Long Day’s Journey Into Night. Set in New England at the time of the American Civil War, Mourning Becomes Electra follows the cursed and corrupt Mann... read more