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All About Goodspeed

All About Goodspeed

Our Past

Goodspeed’s beginnings date back to 1963 when it opened its doors as a professional musical theatre. Since then, Goodspeed has produced over 250 musicals, exported 19 productions to Broadway – most famously Annie, Man of La Mancha, and Shenandoah – and produced 72 world premieres.

At first Goodspeed’s commitment was to discover rarely produced musicals from the repertoire, reworking them and bringing them to life. It was also intent on adding to the repertoire by discovering and nurturing promising new musicals presented at its Norma Terris Theatre in neighboring Chester. While these commitments remain in place today, Goodspeed’s main stage productions are more often contemporary works created during the lifetime of its audience.

Goodspeed stands as the first regional theatre in America to earn two special Tony Awards, one in 1980 for outstanding contributions to the American musical and a second in 1995 for distinguished achievement for a regional theatre.

Our Present

Goodspeed mounts six new and newly-worked musicals a year – three at the Goodspeed Opera House and three at The Norma Terris Theatre – a total of more than 400 performances during the April to December season. It stands at the forefront of producing and preserving the American musical, simultaneously reinventing the classics and inventing new ones. It attracts well-known icons of the theatre world and fosters emerging talent among composers, lyricists, and librettists. Each year, thousands of actors, directors, choreographers, and technicians aspire to come to Goodspeed to practice their craft. Among millions who know and love this art form – and those who appreciate its history and enduring appeal – Goodspeed is widely recognized as the “home of the American musical.”

In addition, Goodspeed contributes to the preservation of the art form through its Scherer Library of Musical Theatre, the second most extensive musical theatre research library in the United States. Throughout the year, and intensively during the months of winter, Goodspeed addresses issues unique to the field by offering innovative and highly sought-after programs through its Max Showalter Center for Education in Musical Theatre.  The Showalter Center offers programs for underserved children and teens as well as Goodspeed’s growing Musical Theatre Institute which trains future music directors, scenic painters, actors and other theatrical professionals. Also during the winter, Goodspeed’s Festival of New Musicals features students from The Hartt School and The Boston Conservatory performing staged readings of three brand new musicals, six industry-related seminars, a symposium, and two cabarets. Goodspeed’s newest program, The JMF Writers Colony at Goodspeed Musicals, is an unparalleled, long-term residency program devoted exclusively to musical theatre writing.

Our Future

We envision Goodspeed as a thriving artist colony where the creative process continues to rule and commitment to discovery shows up in new approaches to classic works, new ways to share Goodspeed’s knowledge with the industry, and new methods to mine genius and enrich the field with the next generation of musical theatre artists.




Board of Trustees

Francis G. Adams, Jr.
John Barlow
Jay Benet
Myron R. Bernstein*
J. Robert Buchanan*
Anthony Cacace
Theodore S. Chapin
Kay Knight Clarke
Alvin Deutsch
Christopher Dodd
Muriel Fleischmann
John H. Hamby
Jeffrey S. Hoffman

Chandler Howard
Marcia Kalayjian
Lynde Selden Karin
Mary Ellen Klinck
Robert A. Landino
Julie Godbout LeBlanc
Mark Masselli
Lawrence McHugh
Robert Roy Metz*
Robert F. Neal*
Eric D. Ort
Michael P. Price*


Jefferson B. Riley
Hila Rosen
Susan Scherer
H. William Shure*
Joseph Smith
Milton Stretton
Leonardo H. Suzio
DeRoy C. Thomas*
Eric W. Thornburg
Stephanie Stiefel Williams
John F. Wolter
Dona D. Young*

*Emeritus Trustee
**Honorary Trustee


Francis G. Adams Jr., Chairman
Alvin Deutsch General Counsel
Michael Gennaro Executive Director
Jeffrey S. Hoffman Vice President
Robert A. Landino First Vice President
Dannel P. Malloy Ex Officio Honorary Chairman
Mark Masselli Treasurer
Eric D. Ort Secretary
John F. Wolter President

Past Presidents

Francis G. Adams, Jr.
Alan C. Davis
Noel M. Davis +
Noel B. Gerson
Norwick R. G. Goodspeed +
John H. Hamby +
Hal James
Bernard Knollenberg
Robert F. Neal +
Beatrice H. Rosenthal +
Richard F. Schneller +
Muriel W. Selden +
Marian D. Terry
DeRoy C. Thomas +

+also served as Chairman of the Board

Goodspeed Counselors

Carol Adams Dahlke
Sandra Anagnostakis
Richard T. Cersosimo and Valerie J. Koif
Catherine Ladnier and J.M. Robinson
Mrs. Charles R. Lindberg
Andrew and Bonnie Lee McKirdy
Anthony and Chelsea Michaud
Chuck and Dianne Ramsey
Saul Rosen
Dr. Anne L. Rothstein and Ms. Jane Hellman
Edgar E. Shirley
Carl and Jessica Thompson

Scherer Library Advisory Board

Ken Bloom
Theodore S. Chapin
Alvin Deutsch
Christine Donohue
Brian Drutman
David Hummel
Michael A. Kerker
Robert Kimball
Bruce Pomahac
Bill Rosenfield
Henry S. Scherer, Jr.
Steven Suskin

The Max Showalter Center for Education in Musical Theatre Advisory Board

Gordon Greenberg
Robert R. Metz
Jane Percy
Peter Walker
Nancy Wolf

Goodspeed Guild Board of Directors

Amy Campbell, President
Diane Rottmann, Vice President
Dale Ferris, Recording Secretary
Joe Breindel, Corresponding Secretary
William Stamm, Treasurer

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