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Goodspeed by the River

Goodspeed by the River returns bigger and better than ever. The summer-long series offers a variety of musical events under a big tent alongside the iconic Goodspeed Opera House. From rousing classic rock concerts to song-filled evenings with Broadway performers to concert presentations of exciting new musicals, there is something for everyone to enjoy.  Make it another special day at Goodspeed with live music under the big top! 


or call the Box Office at 860.873.8668

Monday: 10am-2pm
Tuesday: 10am-5pm
Wednesday-Friday: 10am-7:30pm
Saturday: 11am-7:30pm
Sunday: 11am-3pm

Little Girl Blue

The Nina Simone Musical

Aug 4 - 29

The Goodspeed Tent, 6 Main Street, East Haddam, CT
Run Time: 2 hours and 10 minutes including an intermission
Age Rating: 15+ for some strong language

From classical music prodigy to “High Priestess of Soul,” this new musical is an honest and powerful portrait of Nina Simone. Feel the passion, joy and pain of a woman adored by millions – then and now.


NEW! $20 Partial View tickets are available only by calling the Box Office (860.873.8668)

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Things to know before you go


SEATING: This event takes place in a tent in the Goodspeed parking lot. For safety reasons, we are limiting capacity and will allow space between parties.

Tickets will be sold in groups of 2 with an empty seat between each pair. For parties larger than 2, you may purchase multiple pairs of tickets that will be separated by empty seats. For those wishing to buy only one ticket, the second seat in that pair will not be sold to anyone else. Empty seats will be clearly labeled.


Tickets: No physical tickets will be used. Your seat row and number will appear in an email confirmation when you purchase your tickets. When you arrive at the event, an usher will check you in based on your last name and direct you to the appropriate entrance to the tent. All members of your party must enter together.

Rain Policy: All performances will take place under a large tent and thus, will go on rain or shine.  If a performance is cancelled due to extreme weather, we will contact you by email approximately 3 hours prior to curtain time as well as post it on the Goodspeed website and on our Facebook page.


Safety Policies: Please note that Goodspeed follows state and CDC guidelines for safety. Hand sanitizer will be available at the entrances and bathrooms.

Health Questions: Before you leave for the event, please ask everyone in your party to review the following questions:

  1. Do you, or anyone traveling with you, have a temperature of 100.4 of higher OR any of the COVID-19 symptoms? If yes, please call the box office to cancel your tickets and receive a full refund or reschedule them for a later date.
  2. Have you, or anyone traveling with you, been in contact with anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 14 days? If yes, please call the box office to cancel your tickets and receive a full refund or reschedule them for a later date.


Bathrooms: Portable bathrooms will be provided at the event. They will be cleaned and sanitized on a regular basis. Hand sanitizer will be provided for your use before and after using the bathroom. One of the portable bathrooms will be accessible.

Food and Beverage: A limited bar will be available at the event (wine, hard seltzer, water). You may also bring your own beverages.  Please use only disposable cups. Small, personal coolers (soft sided less than 14”) may be carried in and must be kept under your seat. Food is not allowed in the tent, instead, please plan to picnic on our lawn before or after the event. Please plan to remove all trash and take it with you when you leave.

Picnics on the Goodspeed Lawn: You are welcome to bring a picnic and enjoy the Goodspeed lawn before or after the show.  Please plan to remove all trash and take it with you when you leave.  

Changing Guidelines: All guidelines are subject to change by federal, state, or local authorities. Please review all posted signage for the most updated requirements. Failure to adhere to posted guidelines will result in all party members being asked to leave the event grounds. No refunds will be given.

Timed Entry: In order to minimize lines, you will be assigned a 15 minute arrival time window (e.g. 5:00-5:15) when you will be allowed into the event area. Please wait in your car until your assigned time. Your entry time will be emailed to you one week prior to your event. All members of your party must enter together.