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A Wonderful Life

sept 18 - DEC 6, 2015

Bedford Falls comes alive as never before with the Goodspeed premiere of the magical tale of finding hope in your own hometown. In a tuneful re-imagining of the classic film "It's a Wonderful Life," a would-be angel swoops to the rescue of desperate banker George Bailey on Christmas Eve. From the Tony-winning co-creator of Fiddler on the Roof, it’s a heartwarming family musical that celebrates the power of love and the goodness in all of us. Remember: "Every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings!"

Adapted from the Frank Capra film “It’s A Wonderful Life”
Music by Joe Raposo | Book and Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick
Scenic Design by Brian Prather | Costume Design by Jennifer Caprio
Lighting Design by Scott Bolman | Sound Design by Jay Hilton
Wig and Hair Design by Mark Adam Rampmeyer
Choreographed by Parker Esse | Directed by Michael Perlman

A WONDERFUL LIFE is presented through special arrangement with R & H Theatricals: www.rnh.com

The Goodspeed
6 Main Street
East Haddam, CT 06423
Seating Chart

Sept 18 - Nov 29 Dec 6, 2015

Rated G

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Audience Comments

Emily said:
On December 6, 2015

I loved the show! I went for my birthday and it was amazing I loved the music and it was super up beat and made you cry of laughter. It was also great to see performers that I had seen before take on new roles.It was also a great twist on the play. I was very happy with the whole thing and if it wasn't to late I would have definitely seen it again!!

Joe Files said:
On November 24, 2015

You should extend this show until next January, so that I can get tickets for Christmas!

S Westbrook said:
On November 22, 2015

I don't understand why I've heard so much negativity about this musical. It's true that there are no tunes that you find yourself singing, but they fit well in the play. I thought the actors were excellent and good choices for the parts. Ed Dixon as Mr. Potter has a powerful voice, truly becoming devilish when offering George a job. Duke Lafoon displays his emotions very well and sings well too. Kristen Scott has a beautiful voice and a graceful, lovely way as Mary. George and Mary are very likeable, giving what little they have and putting aside their own dreams to help the people in their town. The story is a sweet tear-jerker, reminding everyone about what's really important during the holidays. There's much to like here and I would recommend seeing it. I

J Hoyle said:
On November 11, 2015

Music was not memorable, the take on the story portrayed an unhappy man surrounded by unlikeable people. Quite a joyless production, felt like a good community theater group as opposed to professional. Sets equally devoid of creativity. The first real dog I've seen at Goodspeed.

B A Baiter said:
On October 4, 2015

Wonder if we could make a musical out of "It's a Wonderful Life." Seems not. It is clear why this project has not found support in the past. Book, music & lyrics are uninspiring.
I don't expect strict logic from a musical, but this one is incoherent. Entire 1st act given over to tying to provide a back story. Plot revolves around a missing $8K, but I have no idea why it had to be deposited. I imagine the Capra movie was "of its time," but it doesn't work today either. Cast seemed desperately trying to make it work, but that is simply not possible.
Loved previous productions this season and will increase my contribution because what Goodspeed does is (almost) always wonderful.