Guides for Musicals, Plays, Operas & Operettas

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Sugar

The plot concerns Joe and Jerry, unemployed musicians in 1929 Chicago, who inadvertently witness a gangland shootout and have to run for their lives. The only way out of town they can find is to shave their legs, put on wigs, and join an all-female band heading for Miami. Joe/Josephine soon falls... read more

Trial by Jury

Can you sue someone for breaking off an engagement? In Gilbert and Sullivan’s courtroom farce Trial by Jury, it’s a very serious crime The fickle and bigoted defendant, Edwin, has fallen in love with another woman and has jilted the plaintiff, the beautiful Angelina. Unfortunately for Edwin, a... read more

Waitress

Waitress, based on the 2007 movie of the same title, follows the story of Jenna, a woman who is pregnant without any desire to be, trapped in an abusive relationship in a small town with no hope for a future outside of fear and false positivity. She escapes from her trauma through the baking of p... read more

The Witches of Eastwick

The Witches of Eastwick tells the tale of the people of the little town of Eastwick. It is a town where everyone knows everything about everyone else, and it is presided over by the indomitable Felicia Gabriel. Bored and fed up with their small town lives, three women--Alexandra , Sukie, and Jane... read more

The Yeomen of the Guard

The Yeomen of the Guard, or The Merryman and His Maid is Gilbert and Sullivan’s sparkling comic opera set in Shakespearean times during the reign of King Henry VIII. It is the darkest and most emotionally engaging of the Savoy Operas. The show takes place in the Tower of London where the gentlema... read more

45 Seconds From Broadway

It is said that Neil Simon’s 45 Seconds from Broadway is Simon’s “Valentine to New York.” Set in the Polish Tea Room , characters wander in and out, sitting down, chatting with each other, building friendships, and giving glimpses into their lives in the “Big Apple.” Bernie and Zelda run the plac... read more

Anna Christie

A hard-hitting, yet humorous drama, Anna Christie depicts the reunion of a troubled father and daughter in the docks of New York. Chris Christopherson is an old sailor who has spent his life on the seas, to the detriment of his family. He has not seen his daughter, Anna, since she was 5 years old... read more

Anna in the Tropics

Nilo Cruz’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Anna in the Tropics takes place In Ybor City, Florida in 1929. Here, a Cuban-American family eagerly awaits the arrival of their new lector, Juan Julian. In a cigar factory owned by the Patriarch of the family, Santiago, Juan Julian is hired to read to the famil... read more

Approaching Zanzibar

When Charlotte Blossom’s beloved Aunt Olivia, a famous and eccentric artist, is dying of cancer, the whole family -- husband Wally, a composer with writer’s block; son Turner, a classical guitar prodigy; and daughter Pony, a girl with a fearful imagination -- take a road trip all the way from New... read more

Argonautika

Argonautika is a theatrical retelling of ancient myth of Jason and the Argonauts. Jason goes on a quest to capture the Golden Fleece. On his journey, his crew encounters monsters, goddesses, nymphs and more amazing sights. Mary Zimmerman based her story on a third century B.C. Greek epic poem re... read more