Due to an unhappy curse, King Sextimus is unable to speak. Meanwhile, his terror-of-a-wife, Queen Aggravian, has taken over control of the kingdom. Most importantly, in an attempt to keep Prince Dauntless single, she has decreed that only the princess that can pass her test may marry her son. Further, no one else in the kingdom may marry until Prince Dauntless does. Lady Larken and Sir Harry are extremely disturbed by this fact since Lady Larken is now pregnant with Sir Harry?s baby. Luckily, Sir Harry is able to find an amazing princess, Winnifred the Woebegone. She instantly catches the attention of Prince Dauntless, and in the end, is able to pass the Queen?s supposedly impassable sensitivity test. When the Queen still tries to prevent the Prince Dauntless from marrying, he tells her to ?shut up? which ends up breaking the curse on the king. Now able to speak, King Sextimus regains his rightful position as leader of the kingdom, and all is well.
The play is set primarily in Cyprus. However, the opening act takes place in Venice, providing us with an understanding of the authoritarian government controlled by the Venetian senators. Also, we begin to understand Othello?s tenuous standing in Venice, as well as Desdemona?s privileged background. The first scenes introduce the primary plot, beginning outside Brabantio?s house with Iago already intent upon manipulation and trouble-making. He encourages Roderigo to rouse Brabantio, Desdemona?s father, and tell him of her elopement with Othello. Iago makes the announcement as alarming and disruptive as possible. Both Iago and Roderigo reveal their motivation: Roderigo?s passion for Desdemona and Iago?s appetite for revenge on Othello for choosing Michael Cassio over him as his second in command. Although Brabantio and Othello had been friends, or at least amiable acquaintances, Brabantio?s first thought is that his daughter would never have done this of her own free will?Othello must have used witchcraft and potions. The secondary plot, introduced in the following scene, is that the Turks have taken a ?eet to Cyprus, and the senators want to send Othello as the best and most experienced general to defend it. The Turks? threat to Venetian civilization echoes Brabantio?s concerns about what he interprets as Othello?s barbarian threat to his civilized daughter; he wants the powerful senators to condemn Othello for wooing her. However, Desdemona declares that her love for the Moor is free of any external influence.
After Desdemona?s declaration all attention is returned to the attack on Cyprus. Othello is ordered to leave Venice immediately. Ironically, he commends Desdemona into Iago?s keeping and requests that she be allowed to come to him in Cyprus. Brabantio warns Othello that if Desdemona deceived her father she could also be false to her husband. At the end of the act, Iago persuades Roderigo to abandon his plans to kill himself over Desdemona and come to Cypress disguised and ready to seek revenge on Cassio and Othello.
The next act opens with a conversation that tells of the Turks? drowning in a storm, thus ending their threat to Cyprus. Cassio arrives, and we learn that Othello?s ship is still at sea. Desdemona and her entourage, including Iago, appear shortly thereafter; all await news of Othello. Othello appears and a tender moment of reunion with Desdemona ensues. Iago is ordered to take over the watch of the city.
He seeks Roderigo?s help in his plot to undo Cassio. The plan works smoothly?Cassio gets drunk and fights with Roderigo and one of the Cypriot leaders. The fight arouses Othello. Based on Iago?s explanation, Othello dismisses Cassio and names Iago his replacement. Iago, encouraging Cassio to seek Desdemona?s assistance in returning to Othello?s favor, begins slowly poisoning Othello?s mind by making him think that Desdemona is illicitly involved with Cassio.
In Act III Iago?s plot progresses. Cassio asks Desdemona to plead his case to Othello. She freely and happily accepts his suit and pledges herself to urge his case relentlessly. In the meantime Iago continues to poison Othello?s mind. Othello demands visual proof:
?Villain, be sure thou prove my love a whore
Be sure of it; give me ocular proof;
Or, by the worth of mine eternal soul,
Thou hadst been better have been born a dog
Than answer my naked wrath.?
(III, iii, 356-360)
Iago quickly seizes the opportunity. Othello has given Desdemona a special handkerchief, a family heirloom passed down from his mother to his bride. Iago gets the handkerchief from Emilia, his wife and Desdemona?s attendant. Emilia is unaware of her husband?s intent. Iago plants the handkerchief in Cassio?s rooms. At Iago?s urging Othello asks Desdemona for it. Worried because it seems to mean so much to her husband, Desdemona lies and says she doesn?t have it at the moment. This arouses Othello?s doubt and distrust.
The next act opens with Iago plotting with Roderigo to kill Cassio. Iago continues to manipulate both Othello and Roderigo, pushing each of them to murder?even persuading Othello to strangle rather than poison Desdemona. An overwrought Othello has a seizure that Cassio witnesses. Iago uses this as an opportunity to call Othello?s reason into question with visitors from Venice, one of whom is Desdemona?s relative. Othello can no longer contain his passionate anger towards Desdemona and publicly chides her and strikes her. Unable to get an admission of guilt from his wife, he turns to her attendant. When Othello questions Emilia about her mistress?s habits, she staunchly defends Desdemona?s virtue, but Othello will not accept her testimony.
The final act climaxes in the revelation of Iago?s multi-faceted scheme. Emilia, Roderigo, and Desdemona are its early casualties. Cassio, though intended to die, survives. Othello finally confronts the truth about Iago?s manipulation and Desdemona?s innocence and kills himself. The story ends with the witnesses contemplating the tragic tale they must tell the Venetian court.
A landmark in American drama, Thornton Wilder?s Pulitzer Prize-winning?Our Town?tells the story of a small town, Grover?s Corners, New Hampshire, in order to tell us the story of every town, the whole world over. Narrated by the ?Stage Manager?, we follow the Gibbs and Webb families, residents of Grover?s Corners, through twelve years of life changes ? from the mundane in Act I, ?Daily Life,? to the romantic in Act II, ?Love and Marriage,? to the devastating in Act III, ?Death and Eternity.? Through the young lovers Emily and George, their strong and loving parents, and the many other Grover?s Corners? locals, Wilder delivers universal truths about what it means to be human. ?Oh, earth,? Emily Webb exclaims towards the play?s end, ?you?re too wonderful for anyone to realize you.? With humor, wit, and exceptionally powerful storytelling,?Our Town?offers a unique opportunity for audience members to make precisely that realization.
Peter Pan is a musical adaptation of J. M. Barrie?s 1904 play Peter Pan and Barrie?s own novelization of it, Peter and Wendy. The music is mostly by Mark ?Moose? Charlap, with additional music by Jule Styne, and most of the lyrics were written by Carolyn Leigh, with additional lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green. The original 1954 Broadway production, starring Mary Martin as Peter and Cyril Ritchard as Captain Hook, earned Tony Awards for both stars. It was followed by NBC telecasts of it in 1955, 1956, and 1960 with the same stars, plus several rebroadcasts of the 1960 telecast. The show has enjoyed several revivals onstage.? Wikipedia
Jane Austen began writing the novel which later became Pride and Prejudice in October of 1796 and finished it by August of the following year; she was then twenty-one years old. Little is known of this early version of the story beyond its original title: First Impressions. No copy of that original is known to exist. Three months after Miss Austen completed work on the book, her father offered it to a publisher in the hope that it would make it into print. The publisher refused without ever having seen the manuscript. Fortunately for all of her admirers, whether Austen was discouraged or not by her first rejection, she continued to write; though, it was not until the winter of 1811, fully fourteen years after finishing First Impressions, that she again picked up that manuscript and began revising it into the version we know today as Pride and Prejudice. This occurred in the wake of her first publishing success?the publication of Sense and Sensibility on 30 October 1811. Pride and Prejudice was far more fortunate than its earlier incarnation; it was accepted for publication and was presented to the world on 28 January 1813.??Wikipedia
Ragtime is a musical with a book by Terrence McNally, lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, and music by Stephen Flaherty. Based on the 1975 novel by E. L. Doctorow, Ragtime tells the story of three groups in America, represented by Coalhouse Walker Jr., a Harlem musician; Mother, the matriarch of a WASP family in New Rochelle, NY; and Tateh, a Latvian Jewish immigrant. Historical figures such as Houdini, Evelyn Nesbit, Booker T. Washington, J. P. Morgan, Henry Ford, Stanford White, Harry Kendall Thaw, Admiral Peary, Matthew Henson, and Emma Goldman also appear. The music includes marches, cakewalks, gospel and ragtime. ? Wikipedia
Ruddigore; or, The Witch?s Curse, originally called Ruddygore, is a comic opera in two acts, with music by Arthur Sullivan and libretto by W. S. Gilbert. It is one of the Savoy Operas and the tenth of fourteen comic operas written together by Gilbert and Sullivan. It was first performed by the D?Oyly Carte Opera Company at the Savoy Theatre in London on 22 January 1887. The first night was not altogether a success, as critics and the audience felt that Ruddygore (as it was originally spelled) did not measure up to its predecessor, The Mikado. After some changes, including respelling the title, it achieved a run of 288 performances. The piece was profitable, and the reviews were not all bad. For instance, the Illustrated London News praised the work of both Gilbert and, especially, Sullivan: ?Sir Arthur Sullivan has eminently succeeded alike in the expression of refined sentiment and comic humour. In the former respect, the charm of graceful melody prevails; while, in the latter, the music of the most grotesque situations is redolent of fun. ? wikipedia
The famous Cat in the Hat stars in this fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza! Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty have lovingly brought to life all of our favorite Dr. Seuss characters, including Horton the Elephant, Gertrude McFuzz, Lazy Mayzie and all of the Whos of Whoville! These classic, colorful tales are seamlessly brought together by Jojo, a young boy and ?thinker of strange and wonderful thinks?! As each story unfolds you will marvel at how relevant andprofound Seuss?s subtle themes are; making this musical one that appeals to all ages. The score emerges as a Seussian gumbo of musical styles, ranging from Latinto pop, swing to gospel, and R&B to funk! So let your toes tap, your fingers snap, and your imagination run. ? Wikipedia
In Seven Brides For Seven Brothers, a man name Adam comes into town looking to hurriedly find himself a wife. While in town he meets Milly, a waitress at a local restaurant. Milly and Adam rush into marriage and immediately return to Adam?s home in the mountains. As soon as they get home, Adam reverts back to his true self, an ill-mannered and inconsiderate slob. Milly quickly learns that it is not only she and Adam that will be living in his home together, his six brothers also live with him: Benjamin, Caleb, Daniel, Ephraim, Frank and Gideon, all of whom also share Adam?s love for all things disorderly. It is then when Milly decides to reform the brothers and help them change their ways. She teaches them to dance and then takes them into town to go to a dance. At the dance, the six brothers meet six girls they like and like Adam, now want to get married. The conflict begins when each of the six girls has her own jealous suitor.???Wikipedia
Sharp-witted detective Sherlock Holmes and his trusted companion Doctor Watson prepare to rescue Miss Faulkner from the clutches of the dastardly Moriarty, in Arthur Conan Doyle and William Gillette?s play based on Conan Doyle?s legendary literary character.
Show Boat is a 1927 musical in two acts, with music by Jerome Kern and book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II. Based on Edna Ferber?s bestselling novel of the same name, the musical follows the lives of the performers, stagehands, and dock workers on the Cotton Blossom, a Mississippi River show boat, over forty years, from 1887 to 1927. Its themes include racial prejudice and tragic, enduring love. The musical contributed such classic songs as ?Ol? Man River?, ?Make Believe?, and ?Can?t Help Lovin? Dat Man?. The arrival of Show Boat on Broadway was a watershed moment in the history of American musicals. Compared to the trivial and unrealistic operettas, light musical comedies, and ?Follies?-type musical revues that defined Broadway in the 1890s and early 20th century, Show Boat ?was a radical departure in musical storytelling, marrying spectacle with seriousness? ? wikipedia
Shrek The Musical?is a musical with music by Jeanine Tesori and book and lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire. It is based on the 2001 DreamWorks film?Shrek?and William Steig?s 1990 book?Shrek!. After a trial run in Seattle, the original Broadway production opened in December 2008, and closed after a run of over 12 months in January 2010. It was followed by a tour of the United States which opened in 2010, and a re-vamped West End production from June 2011. Since its debut, the musical?s rights have been available for independent overseas theatres, who have chosen to stage their own versions of the show, starting with the 2010 Israel production. ??wikipedia
Movie musical?Singin? in the Rain, beloved since the moment it premiered, earned the top stop atop AFI?s 100 Years of Musicals list and, in 2007, was ranked as the fifth greatest motion picture of all time. Now adapted for the stage,?Singin in the Rain??pours? down delight, capturing the waning days of the silent screen era as they give way to new-fangled ?talkies.? With?The Jazz Singer?premiere making Hollywood frantic, the studios are forced to suddenly change all the movie making rules at once, to accommodate sound. In doing so, they leave silent pictures ? and some of their stars ? behind. When Monumental Studios turns the silent?Duelling Cavalier?into?The Dancing Cavalier, a musical picture, in order to stay relevant, they are faced with a problem: their star, Lina Lamont can?t sing, and can?t even really talk. Lina?s voice sounds something like nails on a chalkboard. Enter Kathy Selden, an aspiring actress whose dulcet tones are able to cover Lina Lamont?s ? calling into question what it means to act, how credit is distributed, and what it means to get a fair shake in the movie business.?Singing in the Rain?includes some of the best-loved comedy routines, dance numbers and love songs ever written, including ?Good Mornin??, ?Make ?em Laugh? and ? of course ? the showstopping dance number, ?Singin? in the Rain.?
A heart-breaking triangle, a heart-racing chase ? a mystery unsolved for centuries ? the Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Careless lovers taunt a fragile man with a treacherous dance that spins out of control. One man will triumph and both men will lose, several will squander their souls. Dark secrets lurk in the Hollow, echo through the woods and drive men mad. The crush of their steps as they run from the truth is deafened by their pounding hearts. Reckless they race although keenly aware that one false stride may lose them their head. ?Wikipedia
The Sound of Music is a musical with music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II and a book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse. It is based on the memoir of Maria von Trapp, The Story of the Trapp Family Singers. Many songs from the musical have become standards, including the title song ?The Sound of Music?, ?Edelweiss?, ?My Favorite Things?, ?Climb Ev?ry Mountain? and ?Do-Re-Mi?. The original Broadway production, starring Mary Martin and Theodore Bikel, opened in November 1959, and the show has enjoyed numerous productions and revivals since then. It has also been made into an Academy Award-winning 1965 film musical. The Sound of Music was the final musical written by Rodgers and Hammerstein; Hammerstein died of cancer nine months after the Broadway premiere.??Wikipedia
Adapted from two short stories by James Michener, South Pacific chronicles two love affairs. The first involves Lt. Joe Cable and a young Polynesian girl. The second revolves around Nellie Forbush, a Navy nurse from Little Rock, and Emile de Becque, a French planter with whom she falls in love one enchanted evening. Rodgers and Hammerstein tied the two stories together by having Cable and de Becque go on a dangerous mission behind Japanese lines from which only one of them returns. The original production featured Mary Martin and marked the Broadway debut of Metropolitan Opera basso Ezio Pinza. It opened at the Majestic Theatre on April 7, 1949 and ran for 1,925 performances, making it the second longest running musical of the decade. It also became only the second musical to be awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. In 1967, the show was revived at Lincoln Center with a cast headed by Florence Henderson and Giorgio Tozzi. The classic 1958 film version featured Mitzi Gaynor and Rosanno Brazzi.??Wikipedia
Suor Angelica (Sister Angelica) is an opera in one act by Giacomo Puccini to an original Italian libretto by Giovacchino Forzano. It is the second opera of the trio of operas known as Il trittico. It received its world premiere at the Metropolitan Opera on December 14, 1918. The opera opens with scenes showing typical aspects of life in the convent ? all the sisters sing hymns, the Monitor scolds two lay-sisters, everyone gathers for recreation in the courtyard. The sisters rejoice because, as the Mistress of Novices explains, this is the first of three evenings that occur each year when the setting sun strikes the fountain to turn its water golden. This event causes the sisters to remember a sister who has died, Bianca Rosa. Sister Genevieve suggests they pour some of the golden water onto her tomb.? Wikipedia
The play opens as the student Lucentio arrives in Padua. He hears that the merchant Baptista has two daughters, but the younger, prettier daughter, Bianca, cannot be married before her strong-willed sister, Katherina. On seeing Bianca Lucentio falls in love with her and changes identities with his servant Tranio. Bianca already has two suitors, but doesn?t like either. The elderly Gremio hires Lucentio, disguised as a Latin tutor, to woo Bianca on his behalf, while Hortensio disguises himself as a musician to get access to her. Meanwhile Petruchio, a young adventurer from Verona, arrives to visit hisfriend Hortensio. He learns about Katherina and decides to woo her, aided by both Gremio and Hortensio.
Baptista is enthusiastic about Petruchio?s suit because the feisty Katherina is a burden to him and is continually quarrelling with her sister and with him. Petruchio will not be put off as he woos Kate and he fixes their wedding day. At the church, where Kate unwillingly awaits him, Petruchio arrives in an absurd outfit and after the ceremony he leaves for Verona immediately, with his new wife. On reaching there Kate is mistreated by Petruchio and his servants, and is denied food and sleep. To teach her to obey him Petruchio does not allow her new clothes or a hat. Eventually, worn down by her husband?s relentless eccentricity, Kate submits and accepts all his eccentricities. They set off to visit her father in Padua.
On the journey the couple meet Vincentio, Lucentio?s wealthy father, who is subjected to a strange conversation as Petruchio tests Kate?s obedience. The three reach Padua where Hortensio, rejected by Bianca, has married a widow and Baptista has been tricked into believing a passing stranger is Tranio?s rich father. While Vincentio attempts to unravel the complexities of the situation his son Lucentio returns from a secret wedding with Bianca.
Nevertheless, Baptista holds a wedding feast for both his daughters. As the men relax after their meal Petruchio devises a competition to prove whose wife is the most obedient. Bianca and the widow fail to come to their husbands when called while Kate lectures the women on the duties of a wife.
THE ADDAMS FAMILY features an original story, and it?s every father?s nightmare. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family. A man her parents have never met. And if that weren?t upsetting enough, she confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he?s never done before ? keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday?s ?normal? boyfriend and his parents.
THE ADDAMS FAMILY features a book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice (Jersey Boys), and music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa. The production is directed by Jerry Zaks with choreography by Sergio Trujillo. Production design (sets and costumes) by Phelim McDermott and Julian Crouch with set adaptations by James Kronzer. The production features lighting design by Natasha Katz, sound design by Craig Cassidy and puppetry by Basil Twist.
In a prolific career spanning six decades, Charles Addams created several thousand cartoons, sketches and drawings, many of which were published in The New Yorker. But it was his creation of characters that came to be known as The Addams Family that brought Addams his greatest acclaim. With a unique style that combined the twisted, macabre and just plain weird with charm, wit and enchantment, Addams? drawings have entertained millions worldwide and served as the inspiration for multiple television series and motion pictures.
THE ADDAMS FAMILY tour for North America is produced by Phoenix Entertainment, Stephen B. Kane and Michael McFadden, by special arrangement with Theatrical Rights Worldwide. International productions include Brazil (March, 2012) and Australia (March, 2013) with more to be announced soon.
Il campanello?or?Il campanello di notte?(The Night Bell) is a melodramma giocoso, or opera, in one act by Gaetano Donizetti. The composer wrote the Italian libretto after Mathieu-Barth?lemy Troin Brunswick and Victor Lh?rie?s French vaudeville?La sonnette de nuit. The premiere took place on 1 June 1836 at the Teatro Nuovo in Naples and was ?revived every year over the next decade?.
The Boy Friend?(sometimes misspelled?The Boyfriend) is a musical by Sandy Wilson. The musical?s original 1954 London production ran for 2,078 performances, making it briefly the third-longest running musical in West End or Broadway history (after?Chu Chin Chow?and?Oklahoma!) until it was surpassed by?Salad Days. This musical marked Julie Andrews? American stage debut. Set in the carefree world of the French Riviera in the Roaring Twenties,?The Boy Friend?is a comic pastiche of 1920s shows (in particular early Rodgers and Hart musicals such as?The Girl Friend). Its relatively small cast and low cost of production makes it a continuing popular choice for amateur and student groups. Sandy Wilson wrote a sequel to?The Boy Friend. Set ten years later, and, appropriately, a pastiche of 1930s musicals (in particular those of Cole Porter) it was titled?Divorce Me, Darling!?and ran for 91 performances at London?s old Globe Theatre in 1965. It is sometimes revived as a ?double bill? with?The Boy Friend. ??wikipedia
Everyone?s favorite flying car comes to life in the musical adaptation of the beloved family film.
Take a fantastic musical adventure with an out-of-this-world car that flies through the air and sails the seas. Based on the beloved 1968 film version of Ian Fleming?s children?s book, and featuring an unforgettable score by the Sherman Brothers (Mary Poppins), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is one family-friendly blockbuster that audiences will find ?Truly Scrumptious?.
An eccentric inventor, Caractacus Potts sets about restoring an old race car from a scrap heap with the help of his children Jeremy and Jemima. They soon discover the car has magical properties including the ability to float and take flight. Trouble occurs when the evil Baron Bomburst desires the magic car for himself. The family joins forces with Truly Scrumptious and batty Grandpa
The Crucible is an allegorical re-telling of the McCarthy era red scare that occurred in the United States after World War II. Based on historical accounts, the play is set during the 1692 Salem Witchcraft Trials when several young girls accuse innocent town members of witchcraft to avoid getting into trouble for entertaining ideas of witchery themselves. The husbands of some of the women involved try to convince the judges as to the girls? deceit, but find them unshakeable. Eventually even the most prominent members of the community find themselves indicted, and the tension mounts as the central protagonist, John Proctor, must confess an earlier adultery in order to save his own wife from being hanged based upon charges brought by his former lover.?? Wikipedia
An affectionate paean to Smalltown, U.S.A. of a bygone era, Meredith Willson?s THE MUSIC MAN follows fast-talking traveling salesman Harold Hill as he cons the people of River City, Iowa into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys? band he vows to organize ? this despite the fact he doesn?t know a trombone from a treble clef. His plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when he falls for Marian the librarian, who transforms him into a respectable citizen by curtain?s fall. ? Wikipedia