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2019 at The Goodspeed, East Haddam
The Music Man
April 12 – June 20
Book, Music, and Lyrics by Meredith Willson
Based on a story by Meredith Willson and Franklin Lacey
You got trouble in River City! Professor Harold Hill and Marian the Librarian march into their first appearance at Goodspeed in a rousing new production of this great American musical. When huckster Harold promises to save an Iowa town by selling the dream of a boys’ band, Marian is the only skeptic. Until she starts to buy his pitch. Fall in love all over again with “76 Trombones,” “The Wells Fargo Wagon,” “Trouble” and “Till There Was You.” A glorious classic that will have you parading in the streets!Age Rating: G
A Note from Michael Gennaro: The Music Man is one of the most well-known musicals and has all the elements of a great show – a beloved and humorous story, wonderful songs and a big brass band!
Because of Winn Dixie
June 28 - Sept 1
Book and Lyrics by Nell Benjamin
Music by Duncan Sheik
Based on the original book by Kate DiCamillo
Not since Annie has a stray dog inspired such joyful noise! In a Southern town filled with lost souls, a new leash on life is just around the corner when a preacher and his daughter take in a mutt named Winn Dixie. The beloved, award-winning novel about a quirky community learning to get along now sings for the first time in this uplifting new musical. Let Grammy and Tony winner Duncan Sheik (Spring Awakening) and Tony nominee Nell Benjamin (Legally Blonde, Mean Girls) take you on a heartwarming adventure for all ages.Age Rating: G
A Note from Michael Gennaro: We are excited to produce a brand new musical which has high prospects for a life after Goodspeed and will certainly lift your spirits. Watch out – this lovable dog will steal your heart!
Billy Elliot The Musical
Sept 13 - Nov 24
Book and Lyrics by Lee Hall
Music by Elton John
Originally Directed by Stephen Daldry
Young Billy Elliot is pulled between his family’s coal-mining roots and his newly discovered passion to dance. Is his future boxing gloves or ballet shoes? In the hardscrabble world of a changing England, reaching high becomes a leap of faith. Following your dream — and overcoming obstacles — has never been more electric than in the 10-time Tony winning Broadway phenomenon with songs by the legendary Elton John. Celebrate the idea of being yourself in the Goodspeed premiere of this powerful dance-filled story!Age Rating: 15+
A Note from Michael Gennaro: One of the top choices in our recent audience survey, it is a tour-de-force of dance with a contemporary story that is based on a heartwarming British movie.
2019 at The Terris Theatre, Chester
Hi, My Name Is Ben
May 17 – June 9
Book and Lyrics by Scott Gilmour
Music by Claire McKenzie
The true story of an ordinary man and his extraordinary life. From his tiny room in New York City, Bernhardt Wichmann III changed the lives of those around him without saying a word. Using just his notepad and pen and open heart, Ben turned a neighborhood of strangers into a community of friends. Featuring a joyful, folk-inflected score by an award-winning Scottish writing team in collaboration with Dundee Rep, one of Scotland’s leading theatres, this is the story of how one man with nothing somehow changed everything.Age Rating: PG-13
A Note from Michael Gennaro: Based on a true story that is as inspiring as it is engaging, this is Goodspeed’s first international collaboration and is being developed with the acclaimed Dundee Rep Theatre in Scotland.
July 26 - Aug 18
Music and Lyrics by Brett Ryback
Book by Eric Ulloa
Set amidst the rich sounds and diverse tapestry of the American landscape, Passing Through tells the incredible true story of a young man who journeys on foot from Pennsylvania to California, collecting stories as he goes. But when his trek brings to light an unresolved family crisis, he must use the lessons he’s gathered to finally confront his past. Don’t miss the musical that celebrates America and the power of what can happen when we open ourselves up to a stranger.Age Rating: PG-13
A Note from Michael Gennaro: Another true story, Goodspeed has been actively developing this new musical for nearly two years. Most recently, it was the hit of our Festival of New Musicals!