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Celebrating the Birth of Hello, Dolly!

Hello, Dolly! is a two-act musical comedy based on Thornton Wilder’s The Merchant of Yonkers which was revised and retitled The Matchmaker. The play revolves around the life of a widow named Dolly Levi who is a matchmaker by profession. She takes on a mission of finding a match for Horace Vandergelder, the famed unmarried…

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Racism, Love, and War in a Musical

South Pacific, by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, was drawn from James A. Michener’s Pulitzer Prize–winning book, Tales of the South Pacific. The book is a short story collection of Michener’s experiences as a lieutenant commander in the US Navy and tales told to him by his comrades. The musical combines two of these…

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Oliver Twist

Oliver Twist is the second novel by Charles Dickens. The plot of the story revolves around the life of Oliver, an innocent orphan boy, who encounters Fagin and his child gang of thieves. Oliver faces many obstacles and lives through many horrors throughout the novel. In a nutshell, the story reveals the atrocious treatment of…

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Fiddler on the Roof

In the annals of musical theater history, there is no other musical that evokes joy quite like Fiddler on the Roof. Based on a series of short stories called Tevye and his Daughters written by “the Jewish Mark Twain,” Sholem Aleichem, this classic musical has graced the stages of Broadway since 1964 and is one…

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by Rosalie H. Contino, PhD