Guides for Musicals, Plays, Operas & Operettas

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Henry VIII

In Great Britain in the 1500s, Cardinal Wolsey is a powerful and ruthless man who has made many enemies. He has the Duke of Buckingham arrested on charges of treason. Henry VIII is good friends with Wolsey, but Queen Katherine complains to him about Wolsey's abuse of the taxation system. Henry... read more


It is a long hot summer in Philadelphia, and the Continental Congress is an exhausted, annoyed, quarrelsome collection of men, at each other’s throats over the burning question of independence from Great Britain. John Adams, the passionate crusader for rebellion, races against time: if the congre... read more

Floyd Collins

In the winter of 1925 in Cave City, Kentucky, every man dreams of finding the biggest, most beautiful cave in the region and turning it into a spectacular tourist attraction. But, no one dreams quite so big as brave and daring Floyd Collins. Despite his poor luck as a caver, Floyd is certain he’... read more

Henry VI Part 2

This play follows King Henry VI, beginning with his marriage to French Margaret of Anjou. She is a student of William de la Pole, a noble who seeks to influence the king's behavior through his relationship with Margaret. Meanwhile, Duke Humphrey also is vying for the crown, and his popularity i... read more


In the afterlife, friends Werner Heisenberg, Niels Bohr, and Niels' wife, Margrethe, meet to discuss a question that has been plaguing the group since before they died: "Why did Heisenberg visit Bohr in Copenhagen at the height of World War II?" As a German physicist whose funding was sponsored b... read more


Shakespeare’s tragedy, Coriolanus, starts in Rome, where rioting is taking place over grain stock that has been withheld from the ordinary citizens, leaving them starved. Two Roman leaders, Caius Martius and Menenius Agrippa, are divided over the issue -- Martius condemns the rebellion, while Agr... read more

In the Next Room, or the Vibrator Play

It is the 1880s, and Dr. and Mrs. Catherine Givings live in a beautiful, seemingly sensible Victorian home, where Dr. Givings also runs his private medical practice. Electricity is still a novelty, and as the intelligent and free-spirited Mrs. Givings cares for her new child under the bright glow... read more

Million Dollar Quartet

On December 4, 1956, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Elvis Presley all found themselves at Sun Records in Memphis, Tennessee, and proceeded to record a legendary jam album. A Tony® Award Winning musical, Million Dollar Quartet recounts that single night with the meaningful and hum... read more

Come From Away

Come From Away chronicles the real-life experiences of the people of Gander, Newfoundland, and the almost 7000 airline passengers who were forced to land there when US air space was closed on September 11, 2001. Twelve actors tell the story of both the Islanders and the Plane People, revealing th... read more


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