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2023 Festival of New Musicals

2023 Festival of New Musicals

March 17-19, 2023


Don't miss your chance to see the next big hit at Goodspeed’s 17th Festival of New Musicals! The Festival has launched more than 50 new musicals into the universe, sending them across the country, to Broadway, and around the world! Join us for a weekend filled with insider events, seminars, cabarets, and three staged readings of brand-new works as the brightest writers and performers collaborate to create the future of America's greatest art form.


Our Festival Package looks a little different this year. We're giving you more flexibility to choose exactly what your weekend will look like. Just order a base package (which includes exclusive Package events) and then select which add-ons you want. It's that easy!  




• 1 Ticket for all 3 Staged Readings   • Festival Dinner at Gelston House - $40
• 3 Seminar Sessions*
  • Friday Cabaret - $15
• Symposium*
  • Saturday Cabaret - $15
 • 2023 Terris Theatre Season Announcement*
• Meet the Writers Q&A*

*Exclusive Package Event

Call the Box Office to order packages: 860.873.8668



Single Tickets: $25
Students: $15

Friday, March 17, 7:30pm

Book, Music, & Lyrics by Madeline Myers
Music Direction by Patrick Sulken
Directed by Scott Schwartz

In the mid-20th century, the race to find the structure of DNA grips the scientific community. One brilliant young researcher, Rosalind Franklin, will stop at nothing to uncover one of life’s great mysteries. But will she sacrifice what makes her human to discover what makes us human?

Double Helix will have its world premiere production at Bay Street Theater this summer.

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Saturday, March 18, 7:30pm

Book by Cal Silberstein
Music & Lyrics by Paul Hodge
Music Direction by TBA
Directed by Michael Fling

Remember that one time that the Australian government sent their army with machine guns to wage war on emus in Western Australia? Neither do most people…but when Edith, the headstrong warbler, and her flock begin to feed on the wheat of local farmers—the humans take up arms against Australia’s favorite feathered friends. Think of it as Cats, but with emus…and less dancing…and a plot.

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Sunday, March 19, 1pm

Book, Music, & Lyrics by Joriah Kwamé
Music Direction by TBA
Directed by TBA

Inspired by the viral single of the same name, Little Miss Perfect tells the story of Noelle, a bi-racial teen navigating her senior year of high school after her mom and stepdad invite a study abroad student to be her roommate. But when a classmate becomes the victim of systemic racism at her school, Noelle must decide whether she will be true to herself and an ally to her peers, or if she will settle for simply being ‘Little Miss Perfect’.

Little Miss Perfect is a commission of Goodspeed Musicals’ GoodWorks program.

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• Exclusive Festival Package Event


TICKET DISTRIBUTION | 5:30pm - 7:15pm | Porch Bar, The Goodspeed 
All package holders will be able to pick up their tickets before Friday's staged reading. Seminar tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis so arrive early to get your top choices!

DOUBLE HELIX | 7:30pm | The Goodspeed

FESTIVAL CABARET: TBA | 10:00pm | Gelston House  

Saturday, March 18

TICKET DISTRIBUTION | 9am - 12pm | Gelston House Lobby 

SEMINAR SESSIONS I, II, III | 10am - 1pm | Location TBA
Seminars TBA


SYMPOSIUM: TBA | 4:30pm | The Goodspeed 

FESTIVAL DINNER | 5:30pm | Gelston House 
Enjoy a three-course meal with fellow Festival-goers at the Gelston House. 

THE GREAT EMU WAR | 7:30pm | The Goodspeed 

FESTIVAL CABARET: TBA | 9:30pm | Gelston House 

Sunday, March 19

LITTLE MISS PERFECT | 1pm | The Goodspeed

MEET THE WRITERS Q&A | 3:30pm | The Goodspeed 
Gain insight into the inspirations and processes of the writers.


Everyone stronly encouraged to wear a mask.


Become a Friend of the Festival!

Would you like to be a Friend of the Festival? Friends of the Festival are listed in all Festival programs, enjoy VIP seating for all Festival events, attend an exclusive brunch on Sunday morning, and have the opportunity to join the writers for champagne during performance intermissions. But most importantly Friends of the Festival provide crucial support that helps to make the Festival a premier showcase for new musicals in the country. With a gift of $500 you can be a part of this exclusive group.

Contact Gloria Gorton at ggorton@goodspeed.org or 860-873-8664 x366 for more information.

Thank you to our 2023 Friends of the Festival!

Sean Amdur & Dale Woods
Denise Bernardo & Eddie Muentes
Anne Sullivan Calanquin
Frank & Amy Campbell
Don & Terri Coustan
Sandy Eichelberg & Ron Benedict
Susan F. Gonsalves
William F. Gratz & James A. Bruno
Regina Hausmann
Bill & Nancy Horowitz
Nancy Kline & James Trail
Jon Lukomnik & Lynn Davidson
Dave & Judith Macri
Sonya Morton Mangan
Will Rhys
Dr. Anne Rothstein & Ms. Jane Hellman
Wyn & Karen Seymour
David Shimchick
Bert Silverberg
Russell Tait & Lee Anderson
Carl Thompson

The Jessica Waldman Thompson Endowment in Support of The Festival of New Musicals