42nd Street: A big-time director hires a random groupie in desperation. Luckily, said groupie just happens to have enough raw talent to make any Mary Sue jealous.
1776: An obnoxious lawyer, an emo farmer, a horny doctor and a bunch of middle-aged white men bitch about the heat and call each other names while trying to start a revolution. There are more sex jokes than you might expect. A lot more.
Ajax: A guy goes nuts when a fallen hero's armor is given to someone else. Written by a pedophile.
A Little Night Music: Rich Swedish people who are unhappy with their relationships end up in better relationships.
A Night In The Old Marketplace: With the help of a statue and a drunk, a guilt-ridden Jewish comedian tries to resurrect a woman who committed suicide the day her parents forced her to marry a rich guy. The rich guy in the hero. Everyone sings lots of klezmer, and They Might Be Giants show up for the finale to sing about dead people getting drunk.
Alice: Schoolteacher uses alias to attempt to seduce his student. When that fails, he turns into a rabbit. That, too, fails, because she is more interested in discussing the life of Johnny Eck with a drug-addicted larva and becoming royalty. Music by Tom Waits.
The Comedy Of Errors: A tourist in a foreign city tries to pick up a hooker and gets bitch-slapped by the wife of his long-lost twin brother; he then falls in love with a woman who thinks she's his sister-in-law... in the end, the brothers learn that their mom is a nun and their dad is on death row, and everyone lives happily ever after.
Company: A single guy hangs out with his married friends.
Cyrano De Bergerac: An ugly man kills people and lusts after his cousin. Oh, and he writes a lot of poetry.
Dancing At Lughnasa: Five poor sisters dance a lot, the youngest sister's son is snarky, the older brother murders a rooster and the son's estranged father tears the family apart.
Dearly Departed: A dysfunctional Southern family brings their neuroses to the surface after the death of the family patriarch. This is all played for laughs.
Drood: A whiny writer dies midway through his final murder mystery. The guy who wrote "The Pina Colada Song" gets ahold of the story and turns it into a Broadway musical, forcing the audience to pick the ending.
The Drowsy Chaperone: A man sits in his apartment listening to a record of his favorite musical and complains about stuff.
Or, a wedding falls apart and comes back together for no good reason, and then they all go to Rio.
Einstein On The Beach: People sing scales, numbers, and nonsense poetry (some of it written by an autistic teenager) while a man (or sometimes woman) dressed as Albert Einstein plays the violin. For 4 1/2 hours with no intermission.
Equivocation:The bad guy wins, but Shakespeare makes fun of him.
Equus: A sexually repressed teen murders horses, then a therapist reconsiders his job.
The Father: Old army scientist argues with his wife about their daughter.
The Flying Dutchman: A young girl really likes this moody Byronic hero she read about. When he suddenly appears, her father who, like, Oh my god, doesn't undersand her, turns out to be OMG evil, selling her to him! Then he finds out who he is, and tries to back out! Her boyfriend begs her to come back, but she throws herself off a cliff rather than being one of the mundanes. As an opera.
Frank's Wild Years: Man returns to hometown, tries to convince everyone that he's famous.
Thespis: The Greek gods go to Earth to drum up worshippers. The theatrical team that takes their place proves most incompetent. Hilarity Ensues. This play is now lost forever, but that's all right because new music has been written for it.
Trial By Jury: A biased judge arbitrates a breach of promise case.
The Sorcerer: A couple of romantics hire a warlock to enchant the tea at their engagement party. To break the spell, one of them must go to a Fate Worse Than Death.
H.M.S. Pinafore A sailor loves the Captain's daughter. Fortunately for the lovers, said tar and the Captain turn out to be each other.
The Gondoliers: Two naive idealists share the crown until the rightful heir is determined.
Utopia, Limited: An impressionable culture becomes a caricature of Victorian England. Two power-hungry apparatchiks and a man obsessed with making things go boom protest. Characters from other operas get cameos.
The Grand Duke: People "duel" with playing cards. Not an anime.
The Glass Menagerie: Man recalls how he fell out with, and walked out on, his crazy mother and sickly sister.
The Goat, Or Who Is Sylvia?: Man tells his family about his affair. They don't take it well.
Hamlet: The most famous play in the English language is about an emo teenager who spends all his time moping.
Long Day's Journey into Night: Dysfunctional family stew over their resentments. A dead baby is given the author's name.
Lohengrin: A knight of the Holy Grail marries a woman who gave him Love at First Sight but must flee when she asks his name.
Lucia Di Lammermoor: A girl is made to pretend to jilt her lover and marry a man she dislikes. Insanity Ensues.
Macbeth: War hero finally finishes his "honey do" list, which involves a lot of politically-motivated murder, only to see his wife retreat into obsessive-compulsive hand-washing. Then a guy who was born by Cesarean section cuts his head off.
Or: Witches stir a cauldron. This is the most memorable part of the play. If you trick an actor into saying the name of this play while in a theatre you win a prize.
Mamma Mia!: A woman on a Greek island doesn't know who the father of her daughter is. Blamed for popularizing the Jukebox Musical.
Me And My Dick: A musical about a young boy struggling to loose his virginity, and his best friend is his dick.
The Merry Wives of Windsor: A fat man flirts with two married women in order to get at their money. His final attempt involves antlers.
The Merchant of Venice: Nobody seems to know, just that it's racist now. Actually, it's about a guy who agrees to get maimed so his freeloading best friend (and, as it turns out, his freeloading friend) can go skirt-chasing. It's considered a comedy.
Tanz der Vampire: The lives of a mousy young guy, a cranky old man, a girl with a thing for sponges, an innkeeper and a busty scullery wench take an interesting turn when the local aristocracy has a little get-together.
Three Sisters: A family plan to move house, but never get around to doing it. One guy has a brief soliloquy about human nature, but gets interrupted by another guy's search for chocolate.
Titus Andronicus: A man slowly goes mad, several people end up dead in the woods, and a queen learns to regret accepting dinner invitations.
Wicked: Passionate animal rights activist with a weird skin condition learns magic, befriends the Alpha Bitch, steals her boyfriend, and sets up the Alpha Bitch as a benevolent dictator by faking her own death. Her sister also becomes dictator of an agricultural Ruritania and then dies violently (though she might have survived after all).
Alternatively, a professor finds an ideal candidate for his research, neglects to tell her that she's going to die and then leaves his intern to deal with it. Said intern goes on to desecrate the subject's corpse.
The Witches of Eastwick: Three women having affairs conjure up the devil. They all sleep with him.
World of Color: One of the least-loved Disney Theme Parks presents a half hour of clips and fountains arranged in a manner that doesn't really follow a plot. Each performance, only 4000 people can see the projections; everyone else who wants to watch has to settle for the backside of water.
Woyzeck: Play, rewritten as an opera, and then again as a rock opera, about a soldier who eats nothing but peas and then goes crazy, murders his girlfriend and maybe accidentally drowns himself.