Guides for Musicals, Plays, Operas & Operettas

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Return to the Forbidden Planet

Fasten your seatbelts, return your tray tables to the upright position and prepare to blast off In this Olivier-award-winning musical, the many works of Shakespeare are aligned with a fabulous rock ‘n’ roll score to create a fun-filled, jiving-in-the-aisles musical. Loosely based on Shakespeare’s... read more

Reunion in Vienna

Elena Krug pines for her old love, Prince Rudolf Maximilian Von Hapsburg, formerly a prince of the Austro-Hungarian Empire forced into exile after World War I. Her husband, psychoanalyst Anton Krug, is the one who bears the brunt of this pining. When Rudolf goes to Vienna to meet with old arist... read more


Taking place in 1520, the show revolves around Queen Elizabeth I of England and her father, King Henry VIII read more

Rich and Famous

Rich and Famous is about a playwright, Bing Ringling, who has produced over 800 plays. However, his producer yearns for a flop, so she can taste failure. She attempts to sabotage his current play. Bing goes on an odyssey where he confronts a variety of odd and wacky characters as he tries to sa... read more

Rich Relations

Rich Relations is David Hwang's second play about evangelical Christianity and his first with a white, not Asian, cast. The play centers on a wealthy, materialistic, evangelical Christian family, the Orrs, who live in L.A. Hinson, the father, is a real estate baron. Keith, his son, is a high-s... read more


Goffredo, the Captain General of the Christian army, is leading his men in attacking Jerusalem. He has also promised the hand of his daughter, Almirena, to the Christian hero, Rinaldo. Argante, the Saracen King of Jerusalem, seeks a truce and works with the sorceress, Arminda, to abduct Almire... read more

Rio Rita

The Texas Ranger, lead by the handsome and tough Jim, are on a hunt for the bandit known as Kinkajou. Meanwhile, Jim is in love with Rio Rita. However, conflict ensues when General Esteban competes with Jim for Rio Rita’s love. read more

The Rivalry

The Rivalry is Norman Corwin’s dramatization of the great Lincoln-Douglas debates of 1858. Lincoln, then a little-known country lawyer, challenged the popular Douglas for his Senate seat and, although he lost the race, gained such extraordinary fame that he would be elected President two years la... read more

The Rivals

Set in fashionable Bath, The Rivals centers around the complicated relationship between Lydia Languish and Captain Jack Absolute. Guided by popular novels of the time, wealthy heiress Lydia desires to be swept away by the type of romantic love affair that she finds lacking in the social circles i... read more


The show takes place at a small, rustic and beautiful vacation resort in Indiana. Three couples are looking for contentment: Fred and Louise Sumner, a middle aged couple plagued with serious marital troubles, have returned to the location of their honeymoon 18 years ago; Virginia and Burt , a fre... read more