Guides for Musicals, Plays, Operas & Operettas

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Waiting for Lefty

When it was first produced by the Group Theater in 1935, Waiting for Lefty made a sensation of its playwright, Clifford Odets, who became the theatrical conscience of his generation, much as Arthur Miller and Tony Kushner later would for their own generations. Lefty is the story of a meeting of... read more

The Will Rogers' Follies

Claiming to have never met a man he didn't like, Rogers was America's first international multimedia sensation, whose wit and homespun wisdom went straight to the nation's heart. The character of Will Rogers narrates his life story through a series of spectacular Ziegfeld Follies production numbe... read more

70, Girls, 70

The show concerns a group of senior citizens living on New York's Upper West Side who learn that the long-term hotel they live in will be sold off to developers - making the seniors homeless. To save the hotel, the seniors form a ring of unlikely thieves, wreaking havoc in stores from Sadies' Sec... read more

The Boys from Syracuse

The Boys from Syracuse, based on Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors, revolves around the escapades and romantic mix-ups of long-separated identical twins Antipholus of Ephesus and Antipholus of Syracuse, whose servants, the two Dromios, are also long-separated identical twins. Complications arise... read more

The Changeling

Gripping, highly-charged and often shocking, The Changeling is one of the finest examples of Jacobean tragedy, and it is considered among the best plays of the period. Beatrice-Joanna wants to marry Alsemero but her father has other plans. Meanwhile, her servant - the hideous de Flores - would d... read more

Fiorello!

Fiorello is a musical about the rise to power of New York's Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia . Beating all odds, La Guardia breaks the crooked Tammany Hall political machine and fights against vice and corruption. Meanwhile, he falls in love with his loyal secretary, Maria, and they eventually marry. read more

Frost/Nixon

A fictionalization of the famous interviews that David Frost conducted with disgraced ex-president Richard Nixon in 1977, as a part of Nixon's efforts to improve his image. Nixon, living in San Clemente in Orange County, California, agreed to the interviews when prompted to do so by his literary... read more

The Little Foxes

Lillian Hellman’s riveting drama captures the story of a Southern family whose selfish pursuit of the American Dream ends up destroying them and those they love. The Hubbards are bound together by blood, but ripped apart by disparate desires. Their simple house servant states, “There are people w... read more

Love Never Dies

In Andrew Lloyd-Webber’s surprising sequel to his epic hit, , the time is 1907; the place, New York City; and the Phantom , having escaped the furious mob in Paris, has done well for himself. As the mysterious impresario behind Mr. Y’s Phantasma, a popular circus and vaudeville theatre on rough a... read more

Roméo et Juliette

In this retelling of Shakespeare's story, two families in Verona, the Capulets and the Montagues, are bitter enemies. Conflict ensues when Romeo, a Montague, and Juliet, a Capulet, fall in love. The two young lovers exchange secret vows, but within hours a fight has broken out between the two fam... read more