Guides for Musicals, Plays, Operas & Operettas

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The Tenderloin

Set in New York at the turn-of-the-century, Tenderloin recounts the efforts of a crusading minister as he attempts to shut down the notorious red-light district on the West Side of Manhattan and the staunch defenders of debauchery out to stop him. The 'do-gooder' Reverend Brock is aided by a repo... read more

Teuzzone

After the emperor Troncone dies in battle he leaves his son Teuzzone as inheritor to the throne. Meanwhile, numerous others also desire to ascend to the thrown including Troncone's young widow Zidiana, General Sivenio, and the prime minister, Cino. The opera is filled with political intrigue an... read more

Thanksgiving in the Wilderness

A young woman named Emily, who has been given up on meeting Prince Charming, begins a polyamorous relationship with a cynical slacker. She is thrilled when, out of the blue, he invites her to spend Thanksgiving with his family and friends. Emily thinks this means their relationship is becoming mo... read more

There Shall Be No Night

A Nobel Prize-winning scientist in Finland, Dr. Kaarlo Valkonen, and his wife, Miranda, do not want to believe rumors that Russia is planning to invade Finland. When they do invade, their son, Erik, joins the army, and in response, Dr. Valkonen joins the medical corps, hoping that this war will... read more

This Is How It Goes

Our narrator, “The Man”, has just moved back to his hometown in the Midwest when he surreptitiously runs into his high school crush, Belinda Phipps. Belinda is, apparently, living the American dream: she lives in a luxurious house with her high school sweetheart, Cody, a rich African-American man... read more

This Is Our Youth

Kenneth Lonergan’s This Is Our Youth is a brilliant, darkly humorous, bittersweet portrait of youth poised on the cusp of the scary, disillusioning path to adulthood. In Reagan Era New York City, three privileged Upper West Side kids — the swaggering, drug-dealing Dennis; his dispirited, free-thi... read more

Time Stands Still

Time Stands Still examines the lives of one couple who are journalists and make a living out of documenting the horrors of war. When Sarah and her boyfriend, James, come back from covering the Iraq War, they are physically bruised and emotionally beaten. While they are recovering, their best frie... read more

Tin Pan Ali

In ‘Tin Pan Ali’ the traditional story of Ali Baba, the Arabian peasant whose discovery of a magic cave containing a trove of stolen riches leads to wealth and relentless pursuit by a band of forty thieves, is updated to now take place in Prohibition-era Chicago. The hero is a street sweeper, and... read more

Tintypes

‘Tintypes’ chronicles the growing pains of a nation in a musical revue that takes the audience back to turn of the century America, when the innocent, slower-paced days of ice cream socials and hoop skirts are giving way to a bustling world of automobiles, electricity and the telephone, where Ame... read more

Tip-Toes

‘Tip-Toes’ tells the story of Tip-Toes and her two uncles, vaudevillians called “The Three Kayes”, who travel down to Palm Beach, Florida. They try to pass themselves off as “swells” so that Tip-Toes can get a rich husband. In the end, she learns that the best way to find true love by just being... read more