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2017 Season

2017 Season

Goodspeed Musicals' 2017 Season has something that will appeal to everyone—young and old—and continue the extraordinary legacy that has made Goodspeed Musicals the "Home of the American Musical." We are excited to announce that the season will include three classic musicals that have never appeared before on our stages at The Goodspeed in East Haddam along with three new musicals at  The Terris Theatre in Chester. 

Advance Season Tickets are available now to Members.

Season Tickets and single tickets are available to the general public beginning Feb 19.


THE GOODSPEED, east haddam


Goodspeed's Thoroughly Modern Millie




Book by Richard Morris and Dick Scanlan
New Music by Jeanine Tesori
New Lyrics by Dick Scanlan
Original Story and Screenplay by Richard Morris for the Universal Pictures Film 

In 1922 New York, all the modern girls are sporting bobbed hair and heightened hemlines! Newcomer Millie is no exception, jumping headlong into a makeover and a dizzy plan to marry rich—until she falls for a penniless charmer. Her jazz-kissed adventures are crowded with a flurry of flappers, a runaway heiress, a nefarious landlady and more. A mix of madcap mistaken identity, high-spirited show tunes and tap-happy dance has more kick than bootleg gin in the Tony Award-winning Best Musical.


Goodspeed's Oklahoma!

July 14 - Sept 23



Music by Richard Rodgers
Book and Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Based on the play "Green Grow the Lilacs" by Lynn Riggs
Original Dances by Agnes de Mille

The Rodgers & Hammerstein classic that changed American musicals forever dawns at Goodspeed for the very first time. Cowboy Curly and farm girl Laurey are taking their sweet time falling in love. Can these stubborn romantics admit their feelings before it’s too late? Passion, laughter and high-kicking choreography blossom in a land where the wind comes sweepin’ down the plain. A legendary score—including “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’,” “The Surrey With the Fringe on Top” and the rousing title tune—will put you in a brand new state!


Goodspeed's Rags

OCT 6 - DEC 10



Book by Joseph Stein
Music by Charles Strouse
Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
New Adaptation by David Thompson

Welcome to the new world! Fresh from Ellis Island, a young mother and her son search for lost family and a sense of home as the 20th century beckons. The streets of Manhattan’s Lower East Side may not be paved with gold, but they echo with the music of opportunity, optimism and hope. A ravishing score by the songwriters of Wicked and Annie colors a sweeping saga of America’s immigrant past. Celebrate our rich roots in Goodspeed’s new adaptation of a neglected masterpiece of the musical theatre.


the terris theatre, chester


Goodspeed's Deathless

June 2 - July 2



Book, Music and Lyrics by Zack Zadek 

The Serling family is taking its annual road trip to Niagara Falls, but this time they’re saying goodbye to mom. Along the way, memories of past vacations, old wounds and family secrets are revisited in a near-future where nobody dies of disease. For daughter Hayley, the journey means facing the big questions of life and death. Travel with unforgettable characters on the brink of discovering that living forever may not be as good as it sounds. A funny, bittersweet, breathtaking new musical to die for — and live for!


Goodspeed's Darling Grenadine

Aug 18 - Sept 17



Book, Music and Lyrics by Daniel Zaitchik

Meet fun-loving jingle composer Harry. In modern Manhattan, his charmed life with girlfriend Louise, brother Paul and beloved Labrador Retriever (also Paul!) sparkles with the fizz of romantic comedies and the whimsy of MGM musicals. But will it all go flat when reality interrupts Harry’s tenderly orchestrated fantasia? A rich contemporary score explores the friction between romance and reality, bitter and sweet, high and low. Raise a glass to a musical serving something magical, moving and boldly new.


Goodspeed's A Connecticut Christmas Carol

Nov 17 - Dec 24



Book by L J Fecho
Music and Lyrics by Michael O'Flaherty

Some of the most beloved storytellers in Connecticut history come alive for a yuletide gathering you won’t forget. Famed actor and local legend William Gillette leaves his castle on the Connecticut River to adapt Dickens’ holiday classic in the 1920s. Local heroes Mark Twain, Harriet Beecher Stowe and P.T. Barnum make spirited appearances opposite Gillette’s Scrooge in a highly theatrical twist on a family favorite. Custom-made for Goodspeed with all-original music, here’s a tuneful, heartfelt confection spiced with enough Nutmeg State flavor to sweeten your season.

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