Guides for Musicals, Plays, Operas & Operettas

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Once in a Lifetime

In the dying days of vaudeville, a washed-up performing trio cools its heels in New York City. Dim-witted straight man George is happy to sit around reading Variety, energetic idea man Jerry is off at the movies, leaving practical May to bewail the future. When the first talking picture revolutio... read more

One Man, Two Guvnors

One Man, Two Guvnors is a fast-paced, hilarious farce that follows the mixed fortunes of Francis Henshall. Down on his luck and permanently hungry, Francis suddenly finds himself employed by two bosses. His first guvnor is Roscoe Crabbe, a revered London gangster who has, apparently, come to Brig... read more

Our House

Revolving around the music of British band, Madness, Our House follows the story of London lad Joe Casey. On the night of his sixteenth birthday, an over-excited Joe takes Sarah, the girl of his dreams, out for a romantic evening. On a whim, he breaks into a new building development near his hous... read more

Out of this World

"Out of this World" is a musical adaptation of Plautus' comedy Amphitryon. The story revolves around the lives of Roman gods Mercury and Jupiter, who are in search of some earthly entertainment. The focus of their attention turns to a young bride, Helen and her husband, Art. Things get interesti... read more

Over the River and Through the Woods

Nick Cristano may be living the life of a modern young professional in New York City, but his loving grandparents never let him forget where he belongs: in New Jersey, in the bosom of his tenacious, tender-hearted, loud, loving, and well-fed Italian-American grandparents, who live two doors down... read more

Peter Pan (Peter and Wendy)

Peter Pan, or the Boy Who Would Never Grow Up is the stage play version of the classic book Peter Pan, written by J. M. Barrie in the early 1900s. Barrie’s well-known tale has been cherished for over a century, spawning countless recreations in the shape of a Broadway musical, both live action a... read more

The Philanthropist

The Philanthropist is Christopher Hampton’s revisioning of Moliere’s classic French play, The Misanthrope. The play follows the life of academic philologist, Philip, largely over a period of 24 hours, and his misadventures and inability at dealing with life. While out in the real world, the Prime... read more

Platée

Cithaeron, the King of the Mountain, suggests to Mercury that Jupiter may teach his jealous wife Juno a lesson if he woos the ugly and conceited marsh-nymph Plataea. She has set her cap at Cithaeron, but responds positively, to the accompaniment of frogs. Jupiter appears to Plataea in a variety o... read more

Pocatello

A failing Italian restaurant in the small town of Pocatello, Idaho, celebrates “famigilia week” in an effort to drum up business and reconnect with its values--a bit contrived, considering the restaurant is one branch of large and impersonal corporate chain. But Eddie, the branch manager, believe... read more

Present Laughter

A famous actor, Garry Essendine, finds himself visited by a young admirer, Daphne Stillington, who manages to convince him to allow her to stay the night. The next day, Garry manages to convince her to leave -- but only after Daphne meets all three of his employees. Garry's ex-wife, Liz Essendi... read more