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Goodspeed by the River

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! 

Tickets

All tickets are $45
SPECIAL OFFER: Buy tickets for 3 or more shows and save $5 per ticket! 

Tickets are only available by phone.

Call the Box Office at 860.873.8668

BOX OFFICE HOURS:
Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 10am-5pm
Wednesday-Friday: 10am-7:30pm
Saturday-Sunday: 11am-7:30pm

Turn Back Time

Ben & Dee Rock the 70s, 80s and Beyond

June 10 - 20

Theatre: The Goodspeed Tent, 6 Main Street, East Haddam, CT
Run Time: 90 minutes (no intermission)

Ben Clark and Dee Roscioli rock the tent with an acoustic set full of hits from the Eagles, Elton John, Linda Ronstadt and some of their own songs in an eclectic jam to celebrate the first live event of the summer!

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Ambassador of Love

Celebrating Pearl Bailey

June 22 - July 18

Theatre: 
The Goodspeed Tent, 6 Main Street, East Haddam, CT
Run Time: 75 minutes (no intermission)

Broadway powerhouse and Goodspeed favorite, Rashidra Scott, lights up the stage with a joyful celebration of the songs of Pearl Bailey.

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Bennett & Babs

The Songs of Tony Bennett and Barbra Streisand

June 23 - July 4

Theatre: 
The Goodspeed Tent, 6 Main Street, East Haddam, CT
Run Time: 90 minutes (no intermission)

Broadway favorites Jackie Burns and Joe Cassidy salute Barbra Streisand and Tony Bennett in this love letter to the American Songbook.

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Together Again

Max & Celeste Sing Their Broadway Favorites

July 7 - 18

Theatre: 
The Goodspeed Tent, 6 Main Street, East Haddam, CT
Run Time: TBA

Stars of the Goodspeed hit new musical Passing Through reunite for an exciting evening of song featuring musical theater favorites from the Golden Age to Sondheim to recent Tony-winning hits. Max Chernin and Celeste Rose tell their story of how two random roommates became lifelong friends whose lives continually bring them Together Again. This upbeat evening of Broadway tunes is an ode to the special and unique bond that only best friends share.

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Johnny & the Devil's Box

In Concert

July 22 - Aug 1

Theatre: 
The Goodspeed Tent, 6 Main Street, East Haddam, CT
Run Time: TBA

Wielding his fiery fiddle, composer/performer Douglas Waterbury-Tieman, is joined by Annabelle Fox and a sizzling bluegrass band for a concert version of the foot-stompin’ new musical that pits the finest fiddler in Georgia against the devil himself in a battle of the bows.

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Things to know before you go

TICKETING & SEATING

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 empty seats 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.

Distancing will be maintained within the tent by leaving empty seats between each party. From June 10 to July 4, there will be two empty seats between parties. From July 7 to September 5, there will be one empty seat between parties. Empty seats will be clearly labeled.

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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.

Timed Entry: In order to minimize lines, you will be assigned a 15 minute arrival time window (e.g. 6:20-6:35) when you will be allowed into the tent. Your entry time will be included in your email confirmation. 

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.

YOUR HEALTH & SAFETY

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.

OTHER INFORMATION

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: Food and beverages will not be sold at the event. You may 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.