Guides for Musicals, Plays, Operas & Operettas

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Die Zauberflöte

Die Zauberflöte was Mozart’s final opera before he died in 1791. Its magical setting and show stopping arias made the opera’s premiere a major success, and have constantly led many to consider it one of if not his best opera ever. The aria “Der Hölle Rache”, also referred to as the Queen of the N... read more

Elf

In this heart-warming musical, Santa narrates the story of Buddy, an apparently oversized elf who has been raised in the North Pole. During the lead up to Christmas, Buddy overhears the other elves discussing how he is really a human but hasn’t realized. He is devastated and Santa must reveal to... read more

Angels in America, Part Two: Perestroika

Perestroika follows on chronologically and plot-wise from Millennium Approaches. It is a complex play that provides a symbolic and fantastical examination of homosexuality, race, and AIDS in 1980s America. The play is made up of eight main characters, all of whom play several other minor characte... read more

Finding Neverland

It’s 1904, and successful London playwright J.M. Barrie has a serious case of writer’s block. While he is working on a new play, he recognizes that there is nothing original about it and the characters and plot are simply recycled from plays he’s already written. Despondent at the potential end o... read more

Lookingglass Alice

In Lookingglass Alice, David Caitlin reinterprets Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland and Through the Lookingglass as a high-energy, acrobatic fantasy, reminiscent of Cirque du Soleil. After passing through a looking glass into an alternate reality, young Alice must find her way through a maze o... read more

Metropolis

Part gothic horror story, part science fiction romance, Metropolis presents a grim view of a futuristic city dominated by machines. Human energy is ruthlessly harnessed to benefit only the elitists who live above ground. The workers toil beneath the earth's surface working with monstrous machiner... read more

Starmania

Set in the near future, where the Western world has become a single country, - - "Starmania" recounts three love stories set in parallel, touching also on themes of terrorism, totalitarianism, and an individual's right to decide his own destiny. 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

Androcles and the Lion

Androcles is a slave who is abused by his master, Pantalone. Androcles is trying to help two young lovers , Isabella and Lelio. In order to make sure that his niece will not run off with her boyfriend, Pantalone hires the Captain to guard her. Androcles outwits the Captain and helps the lovers to... read more