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An American Musical


An American Musical
Welcome to the new world! Fresh from Ellis Island, a young mother and her son search for a new life 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.

Book by Joseph Stein  | Music by Charles Strouse
Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz | Revised Book by David Thompson
Scenic Design by Michael Schweikardt | Costume Design by Linda Cho
Lighting Design by John Lasiter | Projection Design by Luke Cantarella
Sound Design by Jay Hilton | Wig & Hair Design by Mark Adam Rampmeyer
Orchestrations by Dan DeLange | Vocal Arrangements by David Loud
Music Direction by Michael O'Flaherty | Choreographed by Parker Esse
Directed by Rob Ruggiero

*Sunday evenings through 11/5; Thursday matinees begin 11/9.

11/20: 2 & 7pm; 11/24: 2 & 8pm; 11/25: 3 & 8pm; 11/26: 2 & 6:30pm

The Goodspeed
6 Main Street
East Haddam, CT 06423
Seating Chart

Oct 6 - Dec 10, 2017

2 1/2 HOURS including intermission


Friday Dinner Theatre Package

Includes dinner at the Gelston House (located next door to The Goodspeed) and a ticket to the 8pm performance. Only $89!

Kids Nights

Oct 11 & 12, 7:30pm; Oct 13, 8pm
Each adult who buys a regular-priced ticket for the specified dates may purchase a $15 ticket for a child ages 10 to 18. Meet the cast for autographs after the Friday, Oct 13 performance.

Meet the Cast

Nov 2, 16 & 30
FREE! A lively discussion with the cast after the specified Thursday evening performances.

Thanksgiving Food Drive: 2-for-1 Tickets

Monday, Nov 20, 2:00pm & 7:30pm
Buy one ticket, get one free for select seats for the 2:00pm or 6:30pm performances with a generous non-perishable food donation to benefit the East Haddam Food Bank. Additionally, Goodspeed will be collecting donations at all performances during Thanksgiving week, Nov 20-26.

40 Below Tickets

Oct 6 - Oct 22
Patrons ages of 21-40 can enjoy $25 tickets for any evening performance during the first 3 weeks of the production. Available in advance by visiting or calling The Goodspeed Box Office. Must present ID at pick-up. Not available for Season Tickets. This program is generously funded by The Burry Fredrik Foundation.

Open Caption Performance

Friday, Dec. 1, 8pm
Open-captioning is a service that displays the text of a show simultaneously with the performance without the use of any special equipment by the patron. The words are displayed on a 4-foot by 1-foot LCD screen located near the edge of the stage and are thus “open” to anyone within view. We recommend you book your tickets with a Box Office representative to ensure that you are seated in an area with the best view of the display. Please call 860.873.8668.

Learn more about Open Captioning.
View a list of other Open Caption performances.

Partial support for open captioning provided by Theatre Development Fund

Student Rush

$15 tickets available for any evening performance, beginning at 10am on the day of the show. Must present student ID at pick-up.

Dinner Discounts

Reserve tickets for a Wednesday, Thursday, or Sunday evening performance and enjoy special dinner offers at local restaurants.

For more details on any of these offers or to purchase tickets, please contact the Box Office at 860.873.8668. All offers valid on select seats for new purchases only and subject to availability. Restrictions may apply. Not valid in combination with any other offer. Handling fees may apply.

Be In The Know!

Check out these resources to learn more about Rags

Meet the Cast and Creative Team
Director's Vision
Writer's Notes
Audience Guide
Student Guide 
Teacher's Instructional Guide 
Read the Program (coming soon)

PhotosView Photo & Video Gallery

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