Guides for Musicals, Plays, Operas & Operettas

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The Miss Firecracker Contest

The summer air is beginning to heat up in Brookhaven, a rural town in Mississippi, as residents prepare with excitement for their annual Miss Firecracker Contest, a beauty and talent pageant held every summer on the Fourth of July. Carnelle Scott, a hopeful victor in this year’s competition, is a... read more

Miss Julie

Miss Julie is perhaps the most famous play in the style of naturalism. It focuses on Miss. Julie, a headstrong yet confused aristocratic lady who has just broken off her engagement. She is drawn to Jean, an enticing and educated valet who works for her father. The action takes place in the kitche... read more

Miss Liberty

The story concerns an over-aggressive newspaper photographer, Horace, who attempts to seek out the model who posed for the creation of the Statue of Liberty. He visits Paris where he believes he has found her. He then brings the model, Monique, back to the United States for a grand tour around... read more

Mitridate, re di Ponto

Pharnaces and Xiphares are both in love with their father's betrothed, Aspasia. Aspasia, meanwhile, is in love with Xiphares. Pharnaces conspires with the Roman Marcius against his father, Mithridates. Meanwhile, Mithridates, rumoured dead in his struggle against the Romans, returns, fearing th... read more

Moise et Pharaon (Moses and Pharaoh)

In return for Moses restoring light to Egypt, the Pharoah agrees to free the Israelites. However, Pharoah's son Amenophis wants to block the Israelites from leaving since he loves the Israelite Anaïs. After Pharoah tries to break his promise, Moses engineers a plague of hail and fire. Pharoah th... read more

Molly Sweeney

Brian Friel's play tells the story of Molly, a woman who has been blind since infancy, who undergoes an operation to attempt to restore her sight. We hear the story from the perspectives of Molly, her husband, Frank, and Dr. Paddy Rice, as three monologues that are woven together to form a powerf... read more

The Montagues and Capulets

This play was inspired by imagining a life that Juliet might have lived, if she had rejected Romeo and gone on to greatness. Part of the fun of the play, is seeing the familiar plot inverted, with moments of misery turned to humor. Also, elements from other Shakespearean plays are woven into the... read more

A Moon for the Misbegotten

A Moon for the Misbegotten is the story of a doomed man’s guilt and the woman who tries desperately to love him. Moon is the sequel to the events in O’Neill’s , and features the elder Tyrone brother as the main character. Jamie Tyrone is now older and much, much sadder than when he was first in... read more

Moon Over Buffalo

It is the summer of 1953, and George and Charlotte Hay, formerly a couple of Broadway stars, have taken their run-down touring company to Buffalo, New York. In Buffalo they have the intention of running “Cyrano de Bergerac” and “Private Lives” in repertory, all the while grumbling about missed Ho... read more

Moonlight and Magnolias

Legendary film producer David O. Selznick is five weeks into shooting Gone With the Wind when he realizes the script is awful, and that the director doesn't have a clue. He has five days to replace them, and restart the shoot, or the production will shut down. Selznick calls Victor Fleming from... read more