Guides for Musicals, Plays, Operas & Operettas

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The Sea

The Sea depicts a small coastal village on the east coast of England, sharply divided between ruthless order and rampant chaos. After a beloved resident of the village drowns in a storm at sea, the differing reactions of the villagers reveal a community torn apart by disputes and disorder. Willy... read more

Semele

Diving deep into the history of ancient mythology, Semele explores the clashing of gods and mortals, the folly of vanity, and the fatal consequences of forbidden passion. The opera tells the cautionary tale of the delectable Semele and the god Jupiter, who tempt fate with a dangerously imprudent... read more

Semiramide

With the help of Assur, Semiramide, the Queen of Babylon, has killed her husband King Nino. Thus, there is now a power struggle to see who become the next King of Babylon. To the chagrin of Assur, Arsace is chosen by Semiramide to be her husband. After it is discovered that Arsace is in fact Ki... read more

The Servant of Two Masters

The play tells the story of a hungry servant who, upon realizing that working for two masters could ensure him a greater supply of food, tries to do the job of two men while working desperately to conceal that fact from both employers. The play’s most famous scene takes place during a feast, when... read more

The Shadow Box

Joe, Brian, and Felicity come from different walks of life, different parts of the country, and are in different stages of accepting the things they have in common: they are all dying of cancer, and they are all living out their final days, in company with friends and family, in homey hospice cot... read more

Simply Heavenly

The show takes place in Paddy’s bar, whose customers are mostly African-American, hard working or jobless. 'Simple' has a wife awaiting an expensive divorce, a girlfriend awaiting a wedding ring, and an indefatigable weakness for the local man-eater, Arcie. When faced with choosing between tempta... 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

Tambourines to Glory

Tambourines To Glory is a musical play written in 1956. In 1958, Hughes turned the play into a novel. The story centers on two female preachers who open a storefront church in Harlem. They are both from the South. Much of the play centers on the fact that the two women want money for very differe... read more

Teuzzone

After the emperor Troncone dies in battle he leaves his son Teuzzone as inheritor to the throne. Meanwhile, numerous others also desire to ascend to the thrown including Troncone's young widow Zidiana, General Sivenio, and the prime minister, Cino. The opera is filled with political intrigue an... read more

Tip-Toes

‘Tip-Toes’ tells the story of Tip-Toes and her two uncles, vaudevillians called “The Three Kayes”, who travel down to Palm Beach, Florida. They try to pass themselves off as “swells” so that Tip-Toes can get a rich husband. In the end, she learns that the best way to find true love by just being... read more