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14th Annual Festival of New Musicals

14th Annual Festival of New Musicals

JAN 18-20, 2019

STAGED READINGS  |  FESTIVAL PACKAGES & TICKETS  |  SCHEDULE  |  FESTIVAL ARCHIVES

Every musical got its start somewhere—for many, it was at Goodspeed. Don't miss your chance to see the next big hit at Goodspeed's 14th Annual Festival of New Musicals. Hundreds of musical theatre lovers will gather on the Goodspeed campus for staged readings of brand new works as the brightest new writers and performers collaborate to create the future of America's greatest art form. It's something different...come join us!

STAGED READINGS

The Peculiar Tale Of The Prince Of Bohemia And The Society Of Desperate Victorians

FRIDAY, JAN 18, 7:30 PM

Book and Lyrics by Becca Anderson & Dan Marshall
Music by Julian Blackmore  

When Prince Florizel learns that his father the King of Bohemia is dead, he seeks to escape the throne. He and his chaperone Colonel Geraldine are invited to join a secret society - The Suicide Club. Club members play a deadly card game nightly with higher stakes than the Prince has ever known. Realizing the deck is stacked against them, the Prince and Geraldine become inextricably linked to the club's members in a darkly hilarious new musical.


The Proxy Marriage

SATURDAY, JAN 19, 7:30 PM

Book & Lyrics by Michele Lowe
Music & Lyrics by Adam Gwon

In Montana, a lawyer performs proxy marriages – primarily of military couples, in which both parties are not physically present. The lawyer’s popular teenage daughter Bridey and her awkward friend William stand in for the bride and groom. When senior year is done, they leave Montana to pursue their separate dreams. Over the next 13 years, life pulls them apart and then together again, and as the world changes, so do William and Bridey. In time they realize that perhaps what they were longing for all along was each other.


Devotion

SUNDAY, JAN 20, 1:00 PM 

Music, Book and Lyrics by Mark Sonnenblick

Wanda Lee, a young woman in the fictional town of Braxton, Ohio, feels totally lost. Paul, a football star who became addicted to painkillers after a career-ending injury, feels much the same. When Wanda Lee's ten-year-old brother tells both of them he's been recruited for a divine mission, Paul and Wanda Lee must decide whether to bring him to his senses or join him on the journey. A story about addiction (not just to drugs) and belief (not just in religion), Devotion is a heartfelt, uplifting musical set against an American crisis of community.


FESTIVAL PACKAGES & TICKETS

Goodspeed's Festival Packages get you access to exclusive events all weekend long!

Call the Box Office to order packages: 860.873.8668

GOLD PACKAGE | $149

    

SILVER PACKAGE | $80

• 1 Ticket for all 3 Staged Readings   • 1 Ticket for all 3 Staged Readings
• CHOOSE: Friday or Saturday Cabaret
  • 2 Symposiums
• 3 Seminar Sessions
  • Meet the Writers Q&A
• CHOOSE: Festival Dinner at Gelston House or La Vita
 
• 2 Symposiums
   
• Meet the Writers Q&A
   
     

Single Tickets: $25
Students: $15 (call the Box Office to order)

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Exclusive Silver Package Event
Exclusive Gold Package Event

FRIDAY, JANUARY 18

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

THE PECULIAR TALE OF THE PRINCE OF BOHEMIA AND THE SOCIETY OF DESPERATE VICTORIANS | 7:30 p.m. | The Goodspeed

FESTIVAL CABARET: Douglas Waterbury-Tieman | 10:00 p.m. | Gelston House

Saturday, January 19

SEMINAR TICKET DISTRIBUTION | 9:00 - 12:00 p.m. | Gelston House Lobby

SEMINAR SESSION I | 10:00 a.m. | Gelston House or La Vita

SEMINAR SESSION II | 11:00 a.m. | Gelston House or La Vita

SEMINAR SESSION III | 12:00 p.m. | Gelston House or La Vita

MOVIE SCREENING: TBA | 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. 

LIBRARY EXHIBIT: TBA | 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. | The Scherer Library

SYMPOSIUM I: The Art of Adaptation: Truth to Fiction | 3:00 p.m. | The Goodspeed

SYMPOSIUM II: Special Interview | 4:00 p.m. | The Goodspeed

FESTIVAL DINNER | 5:30 p.m. | Gelston House or La Vita
Enjoy a three-course meal with fellow Festival-goers. View Gelston House Menu | View La Vita Menu

THE PROXY MARRIAGE | 7:30 p.m. | The Goodspeed 

FESTIVAL CABARET: Shaina Taub | 10:00 p.m. | Gelston House

Sunday, January 20

DEVOTION | 1:00 p.m. | The Goodspeed

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

Lead Corporate Sponsor:
 RisCassi & Davis
 
With Support From:
Burry Fredrik Foundation
ARS Foundation
 
Noel Coward Foundation 
 
Webster Private


Goodspeed Musicals Max Showalter Center for Education in Musical Theatre