In Oklahoma territory in 1906, cowboy Curly McLain looks forward to the beautiful day ahead as he wanders into Laurey William's yard. There will be a box social dance that night, which includes an auction of lunch baskets prepared by the local girls (to raise funds for a schoolhouse). The main who wins each lunch basket will eat the lunch with the girl who prepared it. Curly asks Laurey to go with him, but she refuses; the sinister and dark-hearted farm hand Jud Fry has set his sights on Laurey and asks her to the dance. She accepts to spite Curly, despite being afraid of Jud. At the social, the menfolk join in an upbeat barn dance.; Jud confronts Laurey about his feelings for her. When she admits that she doesn't return them, he threatens her. She then fires him as her farm hand, screaming at him to get off of her property. Jud furiously threatens Laurey before he departs. Lauren bursts into tears and calls for Curly. She tells him that she has fired Jud and is frightened by what Jud might do now. Curly, seeing that she has turned to him for guidance and safety, reassures her and proposes to her, and she accepts.; Three weeks later, a drunken Jud reappears the morning after Curly and Laurey's wedding. He attacks Curly with a knife. As Curly dodges a blow, Jud falls on his own knife and dies on the spot. At Aunt Eller's urging, the wedding guests hold a makeshift trial for Curly. The judge, Ado Annie's father, declares the verdict: "not guilty!" and everyone rejoices In 1930's Austria, a young woman named Maria is failing miserably in her attempts to become a nun. When the Navy captain Georg Von Trapp writes to the convent asking for a governess that can handle his 7 mischievous children, Maria is given the job. The Captain's wife is dead, and he is often away, and runs the household as strictly as he does the ships he sails on.; The children are unhappy and resentful of the governesses that their father keeps hiring, and have managed to run each of them off 1 by 1. When Maria arrives, she is initially met with the same hostility, but her kindness, understanding, and sense of fun soon draws them to her and brings some much-needed joy into all their lives- including the Captain's.; Eventually he and Maria find themselves falling in love, even though Georg is already engaged to a Baroness and Maria is still a postulant. The romance makes them both start questioning the decisions they have made.; Their personal conflicts soon become overshadowed, however, by world events. Austria is about to come under the control of Germany, and the Captain may soon find himself drafted into the German navy and forced to fight against his own country. Rose and her 2 daughters, Baby June and Louise, play the vaudeville circuit around the United States during the Great Depression. Rose, the archetype of a stage mother, is aggressive and domineering, pushing her children to perform.; While June is an extroverted, talented child star, the older girl, Louise, is shy. The kiddie act has one song, "Let Me Entertain You," that they sing over and over again, with June always as the center-piece and Louise often as one of the "boys." Rose has big dreams for the girls but encounters setbacks.; As the girls grow up, June, now billed as Dainty June, tires of life on the road and her mother's smothering pushiness, and she runs away with one of the boys in the act. Rose optimistically vows that she will make Louise a star.; Louise grows into a young woman, and Rose has built a pale imitation of the Dainty June Act for her. With no vaudeville venues left, Louise and her second rate act wind up at a burlesque house in Wichita, Kansas. Rose is anguished, as she sees what a booking in burlesque means to her dreams of success.; Ultimately, Louise becomes a major burlesque star and does not need her mother any longer. Rose, sad and feeling useless, asks "Why did I do it? When is it my turn?" She fantasizes about her own lit up runway and cheering audience, but finally admits "I did it for me." Mother and daughter tentatively step toward reconciliation in the end. It tells the bawdy story of a slave named Pseudolus and his attempts to win his freedom by helping his young master woo the girl next door. The plot displays many classic elements of farce, including puns, a two-tiered set with many doors, cases of mistaken identity (frequently involving characters disguising themselves as one another), and satirical comments on social class.; The musical centers around the denizens of 3 adjacent houses in ancient Rome. In the center is the house of Senex, who lives there with wife Domina, son Hero and several slaves, including head slave Hysterium and the musical's main character Pseudolus, who wishes to buy, win, or steal his freedom. He is the slave of young Hero, son of Senex and Domina. One of the neighboring houses is owned by Marcus Lycus, who is a buyer and seller of beautiful women; the other belongs to the ancient Erronius, who is abroad searching for his long-lost children (stolen in infancy by pirates). In the play, Sweeney Todd was known as Benjamin Barker, a middle class barber, married to Lucy Barker with an infant daughter Johanna. The villainous Judge Turpin exiles Barket to Australia on false charges in order to have Lucy to himself. Mrs. Lovett tells Tod that Lucy poisoned herself after Turpin raped her, and that Turpin adopted baby Johanna as his ward. By the time Todd returns to London, Johanna has become a young woman and falls in love with a sailor, Anthony, with whom she plans to elope.; Mrs. Lovett takes in an orphan boy, Tobias Ragg, after Sweeney kills Toby's previous guardian, a former assistant of Todd who tries to blackmail him. After Turpin escapes his grasp, Todd swears revenge upon the entire world, resolving to kill as many people as he can; Mrs. Lovett then suggest they turn his victim's remains into pies. With this plan in action, both Todd and Mrs. Lovett become incredibly successful.; In the musical's climatic scene, Todd finally kills Judge Turpin, as well as an insane beggar woman- who turns out to be none other than Lucy, Todd's long-lost wife. When Mrs. Lovett confesses that she hit Lucy's identity in order to have Todd to herself, he throws her into a furnace to burn to death. As he grieves over his wife's body, Toby- who wants revenge for the murder of the only mother he's ever known= sneaks up behind him. Todd lifts his head, willing allowing Toby to slit his throat. He dies with his wife's body in his arms.