February 25, 2014
GOODSPEED WRITERS' COLONY PROVIDES DEDICATED ENVIRONMENT FOR MUSICAL WRITERS
To an outsider it may have looked like a typical vacation rental. Several bedrooms, a compact kitchen, an open living room and dining area, a huge flat screen TV on the wall. But when Stacey Luftig, Phillip Palmer and Jennie Redling arose one cold February morning, they knew that leisure time was not on their agenda. Read More
January 10, 2014
PLANS ANNOUNCED FOR GOODSPEED LEADERSHIP TRANSITION
EAST HADDAM, CONN.: Goodspeed Musicals’ Board of Trustees announced today that a change in leadership will occur at the theatre after the 2014 season. Michael Price, who has led the organization for 45 years, has decided to retire from the position of Executive Director at the end of 2014 but will remain active with Goodspeed in advisory and fundraising roles through 2016. Read More ...
December 30, 2013
FIFTY YEARS OF MUSICAL THEATER: GOOD TIMES AT THE GOODSPEED IN EAST HADDAM
As I drove across the East Haddam swing bridge, car tires rumbling over the open grate, it was hard to imagine that the 19th-century Goodspeed Opera House – looking like a wedding cake on the Connecticut River – was anything but a place for musical theater. Read more
December 17, 2013
GOODSPEED’S 9th ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF NEW MUSICALS
The Ninth Annual Goodspeed Festival of New Musicals, produced by Goodspeed Musicals’ Max Showalter Center for Education in Musical Theatre, kicks off its much-anticipated three day festival of brand new works on Friday, January 17, at the Goodspeed... Read More ...
November 15, 2013
The New York Times
Love in the time before the internet
It’s been noted that in the age of cellphones, the romance between Romeo and Juliet would not end in tragedy. But add the Internet to the plot of “The Most Happy Fella,” and the romance never happens. An immigrant farmer might still be... Read more
November 1, 2013
a 'happy' experience at goodspeed
"The Most Happy Fella" is like a breath of fresh air - a breath of wine-scented, Italian-accented, Goodspeed-fabulous fresh air.Goodspeed Musicals' latest is a warmhearted triumph... Read More...
October 28, 2013
GOODSPEED HOLDS AUDITIONS FOR LOCAL ACTORS
East Haddam, Conn.: Goodspeed Musicals is holding local adult Equity auditions for its 2014 season, on Saturday, December 7 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in East Haddam, Connecticut. Read More ...
October 22, 2013
'snapshots' uses schwartz songbook to tell new story
Like so many other musicals, the new show at the Norma Terris Theatre -- "Snapshots" -- has been in development for a very long time. In this case, more than 20 years. David Stern was working as... Read more
October 1, 2013
Goodspeed Announces Home Run Season!
East Haddam, Conn.: Two time Tony Award-winning Goodspeed Musicals, continues its tradition of producing exceptional, Broadway caliber musicals in 2014 with a triple play that’s sure to thrill theatergoers Read More ...
September 30, 2013
The New York Times
at theatre companies, playing the part of real estate agent
Theater companies and stage productions around the country are often obliged to house actors, directors and others from out of town. In some instances, it is... Read More
September 17, 2013
The Westfield News
abbondanza! The most happy fella at goodspeed
In between “Guys and Dolls” and “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying”, Frank Loesser wrote book, music, and lyrics to the vibrant “The Most Happy Fella”, a romance set in the vineyards of Napa Valley. Goodspeed Musicals ends its 50th Anniversary season with... Read More...
September 17, 2013
delange orchestrates goodspeed' 'most happy fella'
Dan DeLange has been the orchestrator for 36 Goodspeed productions over the past 13 years - and each has been distinctly different. Read More...
August 28, 2013
KAREN MASON AND MARK JACOBY LEAD THE CAST OF GOODSPEED MUSICALS’ SNAPSHOTS: A MUSICAL SCRAPBOOK
Goodspeed Musicals has put together an incredible cast for Snapshots: A Musical Scrapbook a heartwarming, multi-decade musical about the tribulations and triumphs of love featuring Stephen Schwartz’s beloved songs from his most popular Broadway musicals including Pippin, Wicked and Godspell. This captivating new work Read More ...
August 9, 2013
'hello, dolly' a must-see this summer
No matter what your summer travel plans may be, I urge you to make a detour to the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, Conn., for a joyously sensational revival of Jerry Herman's 1964 mega hit musical "Hello, Dolly!" Read more
August 7, 2013
SPARKLING CAST ANNOUNCED FOR THE MOST HAPPY FELLA
NEW PRODUCTION WILL COMPLETE GOODSPEED’S 50TH ANNIVERSARY SEASON. This Robust Vintage Favorite of Goodspeed Audiences Returns to the Goodspeed Opera House Stage September 20 Read More ...
August 2, 2013
New York Times
"Hello, dolly!" in another light
Thanks to the likes of Carol Channing, Pearl Bailey and Barbra Streisand, we tend to think of Dolly Levi as a flamboyant, stage-devouring diva. But before this exuberant busybody took to song and exclamatory punctuation in “Hello, Dolly!” she was simply “The Matchmaker” in the Thornton Wilder play... Read more
July 29, 2013
Say "hello" to dolly at the goodspeed
Let’s have this out right now. I am a huge fan of musical theater and Goodspeed Musicals in particular, and I have thoroughly enjoyed most productions I’ve seen there over the years. Read more
July 23, 2013
Goodspeed scores with a dynamic 'Dolly'
Goodspeed Musicals' production of "Hello, Dolly" is like the title character herself - endlessly animated and boundlessly optimistic. Granted, this Jerry Herman-Michael Stewart confection is the ultimate feel-good musical to begin with. Every song is rousing, and the script is joke-filled. Read more
July 23, 2013
'Hello, Dolly' makes welcome return in delicious Goodspeed production
Dolly Gallagher Levi is at last back where she belongs: center stage at the Goodspeed Opera House and ready to entertain a new generation of theatergoers and bring back fond memories for a generation raised on the original cast album and lucky enough to have caught... Read more
July 22, 2013
Connecticut Arts Connection
Well, Hello, Klea! Blackhurst is a Charming, Feisty Dolly
...my interest in Goodspeed’s production piqued when directed Daniel Goldstein (Broadway’s Godspell) announced casting of Klea Blackhurst in the lead with Ashley Brown in a supporting role to boot. Blackhurst won the CT Critics Circle Award for her performance in... Read more
July 22, 2013
Critics at Large
New York Musicals: On the Town and Hello, Dolly!
I saw Hello, Dolly! on Broadway in 1965 with Ginger Rogers in the role of the widowed matchmaker, Dolly Gallagher Levi, who sets her sights on the wealthy Yonkers shopkeeper Horace Vandergelder, whose marriage... Read more
July 21, 2013
A stunning 'Hello, Dolly!' wow-wow-wows 'em at Goodspeed Musicals in East Haddam
The reinvention of Jerry Herman’s classic feel-good musical, “Hello, Dolly!” is now playing at Goodspeed Musicals in East Haddam, CT where it’s receiving unanimous acclaim from both audiences and critics. Read more
July 19, 2013
Filichia on Friday
As Rudolph Says, “Mrs. Levi! She’s back!” – This Time at Goodspeed
Why must two-and-a-half hours pass before Ephraim Levi sends a sign to his widow Dolly that says he’ll permit her remarriage? Now I finally understand. He doesn’t need time to adjust to the situation; he’s been watching Dolly’s adventures along with the rest of us... Read more
Michael P. Price, Goodspeed Musicals' Executive Director, on "Comcast Newsmakers"
June 25, 2013
Cabaret star Blackhurst follows in Merman's footsteps
History is repeating itself at the Goodspeed Opera House -- sort of. Actress and cabaret artist Klea Blackhurst, who has been wowing audiences for the past decade in an Ethel Merman tribute show, is getting the chance to star... Read more
June 22, 2013
TONY SHELDON SAYS "HELLO, DOLLY!"
Back in the day, the title role in the wildly popular Jerry Herman musical Hello, Dolly! was played on Broadway and elsewhere by almost every major female stage and/or screen star of a certain age, from Carol Channing to such other fabulous ladies as Ginger Rogers, Pearl Bailey... Read more
June 20, 2013
PLAYBILL VAULT CELEBRATES THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF GOODSPEED OPERA HOUSE
Follow the link to revisit highlights of Goodspeed's most noteworthy contributions to the Broadway theatre. Read More
June 19, 2013
CAST ANNOUNCED FOR GOODSPEED MUSICALS’ BOLD ALPHABET THRILLER LMNOP
EAST HADDAM, CONN.: Goodspeed Musicals is delighted to announce the cast of LMNOP, an edgy new musical about an island whose citizens begin to lose their freedoms one letter at a time. The musical will run Read More ...
June 19, 2013
HONORING gOODSPEED'S 50TH YEAR
It's been 50 years since the Goodspeed Opera House was restored and reopened, and the golden anniversary was a cause for celebration Monday night. Read more
June 18, 2013
Goodspeed's Golden Anniversary Gala
Goodspeed Musicals celebrated 50 years with its Golden Anniversary Gala on Monday night, June 17, at the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam. See photo gallery.
May 29, 2013
a week at goodspeed with the fun-loving cast of good news!
Goodspeed's new adaptation of the Jazz Age musical Good News!, about college romance, football and a certain dance called "The Varsity Drag," plays the historic Opera House in East Haddam, CT. Max Perlman snapped photos over the course of the week, showing the boys and girls at work and play in the scenic town. Watch Slide Show
May 23, 2013
Everything I Know I Learned From Musicals (blog)
good news at the goodspeed opera house
The 1920s was a heady and busy time for American musical theater. Musicals were still a relatively new art form, and the rules for creating them were only just emerging. That didn't stop composers, writers and lyricists from pounding out show after show... Read More
May 21, 2013
The Newtown Bee
Highly Enjoyable Mindless Fluff At Goodspeed, Just Like Musicals Used To Be
The original Broadway production of Good News! ran for 557 performances back in the Gatsby era, starting in 1927, and closing months before the stock market bad news that initiated the Great Depression. In short, it was the kind of mindless fluff that entertained... Read More
May 18, 2013
The New York Times
A TALE OF COLLEGE, ROMANCE AND THE BIG GAME
If college rankings had been around in the Roaring ’20s, Tait College would belong at the bottom. On this campus, football comes first with the guys, football players come first with the coeds — yes, that’s what female students were called back then — and school events usually culminate in ecstatic eruptions of tap dance. Read More...
May 13, 2013
STARRY CAST ANNOUNCED FOR GOODSPEED’S HELLO, DOLLY!
East Haddam, Conn.: Dolly looks swell as ever as Goodspeed Musicals brings everyone’s favorite meddlesome matchmaker to its main stage. Hello, Dolly! will run... Read More ...
May 5, 2013
goodspeed scores good fun with good news to field 50th
Goodspeed Musicals kicks off its 50th Anniversary Season on the football field with an old-fashioned musical comedy, GOOD NEWS, which premiered on Broadway back in 1927. Read More...
May 4, 2013
'Good News' offers even better news for goodspeed audiences
To open its 50th anniversary season, Goodspeed Musicals has decided to remount the show that opened... Read More
May 2, 2013
In The Spotlight
"Good News" is the musical theatre equivalent of comfort food: familiar, pleasing, and it fills you will smiles. Just to prove that this is an true song and dance show... Read more
April 15, 2013
GOODSPEED MUSICALS’ THE FABULOUS LIPITONES BEGINS REHEARSALS TOMORROW
EAST HADDAM, CONN.: Goodspeed Musicals, the first two-time Tony Award winning theatre in the country, is happy to announce the cast of The Fabulous Lipitones, a new musical about a not-so-traditional barbershop quartet. This engaging musical comedy will... Read More ...
April 11, 2013
The roaring '20s Goodspeed welcomes 'Good News!'
Writer Jeremy Desmon was sitting in a restaurant with his parents when the conversation turned to his latest project: reworking the script for the 1920s musical "Good News!" for Goodspeed Musicals. When he listed some of the "Good News!" songs... Read more
April 9, 2013
A 1920s college musical, 'Good News,' spruced up at Goodspeed
Putting a new spin on old musicals has always been the Goodspeed Opera House's specialty, so what could be a more perfect 50th anniversary season opener than the 1920s-era college musical hit "Good News"? Read more...
April 7, 2013
50 YEARS OF DRAMA, DANCE AND DEDICATION AT GOODSPEED
Would the story of the Goodspeed Opera House make a good musical? The thought occurred to me while I was interviewing Michael Price, who's been with the Victorian theater on the Connecticut River in East Haddam for 46 of its 50 years. During lunch... Read More
April 5, 2013
This Summer at GOODSPEED’S NORMA TERRIS THEATRE: LMNOP
What would you do if one day you could no longer use the letter Z? Then Q? Then E? Goodspeed Musicals, the first two-time Tony Award-winning theatre in the country, announced today that the compelling new musical L M N O P –a tale about a town thrown into chaos after that very scenario becomes a reality –will round out their three-show season at The Norma Terris Theatre. Read More ...
March 20, 2013
MERMAN MAVEN KLEA BLACKHURST IS DOLLY AT GOODSPEED MUSICALS
WOW, WOW, WOW, FELLAS! She'll be glowin', crowin', goin' strong - cabaret diva Klea Blackhurst is sure to delight Goodspeed audiences as Dolly Levi at the Goodspeed Opera House this summer. Read More ...
March 13, 2013
GOODSPEED’S NORMA TERRIS THEATRE SEASON ANNOUNCED
East Haddam, Conn.: Don’t miss your chance to get the best seats at the greatest values for each of the three terrific musicals of 2013 at The Norma Terris Theatre. Tickets go on sale for the upcoming season... Read More ...
March 12, 2013
LOOKING BACK: GOODSPEED AND HIS OPERA HOUSE
If “all the world’s a stage,” as Shakespeare famously said, and all men and women merely players that have their exits and entrances, one Connecticut man starred in his own production and then long after his death came back for a second act. Read More...
February 25, 2013
CAST ANNOUNCED FOR GOODSPEED’S GOOD NEWS!
Goodspeed Musicals kicks off its 50th Anniversary Season with a new production of the classic musical Good News!. This high spirited musical comedy will run... Read More ...
February 19, 2013
ARTISTS DEVELOP WORKS AT INAUGURAL GOODSPEED WRITERS COLONY
Patrick Lundquist and Peter Seibert have made very good use of their time at the inaugural Johnny Mercer Writers Colony at Goodspeed Musicals.Their goal during their time in East Haddam was ambitious but simple: write an entire musical. Read More
February 17, 2013
BUSHNELL TO CELEBRATE GOODSPEED'S 50TH ANNIVERSARY
Connecticut has many acclaimed architectural and cultural treasures and two that exemplify both are offering an extravaganza to celebrate a golden milestone this year. Read More
February 15, 2013
GOODSPEED SAVED BY 'LADIES FROM HADDAM' 50 YEARS AGO
In 1958, it looked like the "oldtime East Haddam Opera House," long condemned and being used to store electrical equipment for the state Highway Department, would have to be demolished. But, as The Courant reported, a "group of ladies from Haddam"... Read More
February 15, 2013
TICKETS FOR GOODSPEED’S 50TH ANNIVERSARY SEASON GO ON SALE THIS SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 17th
Join us as we celebrate our 50th Anniversary! Don’t miss your chance to get the best seats at the greatest values for each of the three fantastic musicals specially selected to commemorate our Golden Anniversary season at the Goodspeed Opera House. Read More ...
January 19, 2013
JUST ANNOUNCED:Goodspeed Musicals Will Produce Stephen Schwartz Snapshots: A Musical Scrapbook
EAST HADDAM, CONN.: Today at Goodspeed’s 8th annual Festival of New Artists, the two-time Tony Award-winning theatre announced plans for the production of a new musical, Snapshots: A Musical Scrapbook. This original tuner is about trusting your heart and believing in your memories. Read More ...