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Johnny Pye Drama View Details Compare
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Johnny is alone in the world when the Foolkiller, a Grim Reaper-type character, "collects" his father, Mr. Pye. Although the townspeople try to find someone to look after him, Johnny ends up running away, fleeing Martinsville and the Foolkiller, but not before he promises to write to his childhood sweetheart, Suzy. Johnny moves from career to career - from doctor to artist to preacher - before joining the army. Johnny continues to encounter the Foolkiller during his travels, and while fighting in World War II, the Foolkiller almost claims him. Instead, however, he leaves Johnny with a riddle, "How can a man be a human being and not a fool?" If Johnny can solve it, the Foolkiller will let him live forever. Johnny rises from his sick bed and hurries back to Martinsville just in time to prevent Suzy from marrying Wilbur Wilberforce, an old rival for Suzy's affections. Instead, Johnny and Suzy marry, and Wilbur is out of the picture. Life with Suzy is wonderful and they are raising a family, but Johnny puzzles over the Foolkiller's riddle. He is unable to come up with an answer, and, as time passes, must see the deaths of his oldest son and Suzy. Eventually in his old age Johnny becomes friends with Wilbur, who inadvertently provides him with a clue to the riddle Johnny has so long been trying to solve. When the Foolkiller comes for him, Johnny has the answer, but it provides him with little solace, and Johnny lets the Foolkiller take him, so that he can be reunited with his beloved Suzy.

A light-hearted tale about one man's life and his struggle to find his place in the world. It is a journey which takes him all over the world before he ends up right back where he started. "Mark St. Germain's graceful adaptation of a Stephen Vincent Benét story, with heartfelt music by Randy Courts (they collaborated on the lyrics), gives off the smooth glow of a sophisticated folk tale. It's a gentle, winning show." —Star-Ledger. "The new show has a heap of good things going for it, among them a knack for making coy, old-fashioned material seem fresh and winning." —NY Times.

Jungle Drums - A Musical Play for Young Animals Fantasy/Adventure Australasian View Details Compare
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Ngiri is the Smallest Warthog in Africa. Tired of being teased, he wishes things could be different. When old Nyumbu the Wildebeest gives him a set of magic drums, he is sure his wish is about to come true. But the animals in the Jungle are in for a big surprise when Ngiri’s wish is granted in a most unexpected way.

Kissing-Dance, The Comedy/Satire View Details Compare
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Based on Oliver Goldsmith’s play She Stoops to Conquer, THE KISSING-DANCE is a tale of match-making, mischief and misunderstanding, dished out with a good helping of disguise and deceit…

“There is a freshness about the piece, which treats Goldsmith's original with grace and wit, that is enormously appealing. For all the comic absurdities of the plot, this is that rare beast: a genuinely intelligent musical that is performed with evident pleasure by its largely young cast.” The Guardian (Lyn Gardner), 28 March 2011

Last Train to Tomorrow, The Fantasy/Adventure; Drama View Details Compare
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A dramatic narrative for children’s choir, actors and orchestra.  Based on the story of the Kindertransport.

Les Petits Rats Drama View Details Compare
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The 19th century children’s “corps de ballets” at the Paris Opera provides the setting for this moving story about a former dancer whose determination to spare her talented daughter from the heartbreak and hardships of the ballet stage is undermined by the patronage of the man who long ago deserted them both. An excellent show for young dancers, LES PETITS RATS features two optional ballets: “Cinderella,” and the comic “Vegetable Ballet”.

Set against the romantic backdrop of 19th Century Paris, this musical concerns the celebrated troupe of child ballet dancers (the ‘petit rats’ of the Paris Opera) and in particular Mariette, the young daughter of the ruthless Duke of Bordeaux and one of the prima ballerinas, who must choose between the success and fame of the pasteboard-glitter ballet world that her father inhabits, and an anonymous life of love and affection with her mother. With a suitably lush score, this show is ideal for secondary youth groups with an interest in dance.

Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch, The Comedy/Satire View Details Compare
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Lilac Time (adapted Park/Hanmer) Comedy/Satire; Drama; Romance View Details Compare
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Old Vienna - and the shy young composer Franz Schubert writes a beautiful love song to his beloved Mitzi. But he gets his best friend Baron Schober to sing it to her, and she falls in love with him instead of poor Franz, who has to find consolation in their happiness - and in his music. Delightful sub-plots concern Mitzi’s two attractive sisters and their boyfriends, a temperamental prima-donna and a jealous Count. Famed and loved all over the world for more than half a century, this is a charming show with excellent comedy - and immortal music.

Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, The Fantasy/Adventure View Details Compare
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C. S. Lewis’ tale of the fabulous land of Narnia, rescued from the evil of the White Witch by the mighty Aslan and - from the other side of the wardrobe - two sons of Adam and two daughters of Eve. This new musical adaptation for upper juniors and lower seniors beautifully captures the mood and drama of the novel’s supernatural setting, affirming the positive values of the Christian ethic, redemption through love.

Lisa Romance View Details Compare
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Based on a famous operetta which was adapted for the Grace Moore film as The King Steps Out, this is the real-life story of the romance between the young Franz Josef of Austria and Princess Elizabeth of Bavaria. The score is rich in melody, one of the best-loved songs being “Stars In Your Eyes” - which appears in this version as “Three Magic Words”. Plenty of work here for the whole company - and some minor parts for children in the first act.

Little Fish Comedy/Satire; Drama View Details Compare
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"I never really knew what I was like until I quit smoking, by which time there was hell to pay." So observes Charlotte, a young writer of short stories as she confronts her past, present and future in post 9/11 Manhattan. With the help of her well-intentioned friends, Marco and Kathy, Charlotte embarks on a modern-day odyssey as she desperately attempts to fill her nicotine-starved days with swimming at the Y and jogging, but to no avail. She's a stranger in her own body, and it's not a pretty thing. Flashbacks to earlier years when she first arrived in New York bump up uncomfortably with her present. She's confronted by eccentric demons of her past: her ex-lover Robert (who pops up to criticize her at the most inopportune moments); the quintessential New York roommate-from-hell, Cinder; and a former employer, Mr. Bunder, a proponent of the five-martini lunch. Charlotte is also haunted in her dreams by her adolescent heroine, Anne Frank, who warns her of the danger of flotsam—the accumulation of psychic and emotional debris that interrupts the flow of one's life. Unable to act on impulse and unable to connect with her friends, Charlotte begins to atrophy, until finally, the dam breaks. She discovers to her horror, and ultimate relief, that she has always been running away from herself; not only does she have to kick her smoking habit, she has to overcome her addiction to fleeing. Once she begins clearing away the flotsam, Charlotte is able to be a better friend, a better writer and (yes, there is such a thing) a better New Yorker. As opposed to swimming against the tide, alone and without direction, Charlotte realizes that sometimes, like little fish, it's smarter and safer to swim with the school.

"A stylish new musical. LITTLE FISH translates the sort of neurotic, sidewise narrative associated with The New Yorker's fiction into the terms of musical comedy. A lively musical about what it means to feel lifeless in contemporary Manhattan. Mr. LaChiusa's score proceeds to blend the jazzy, noirish feel of what is conventionally called the symphony of the city. LITTLE FISH can be regarded as a direct, latter-day answer to (Sondheim's) Company." —NY Times. "There is so much wonderful writing in the ninety minutes of LaChiusa's LITTLE FISH—the lyrics are wittily pointed and elegantly formed; the music inventively bends standard melodic patterns into unexpected shapes; LaChiusa is sharp with observation, generous with compassion, and able to evoke volumes of experience in the flick of a single phrase." —Village Voice.   

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