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Because of Winn Dixie

Not since Annie has a stray dog inspired such joyful noise! In a Southern town filled with lost souls, a new leash on life is just around the corner when a preacher and his daughter take in a mutt named Winn Dixie. The beloved, award-winning novel about a quirky community learning to get along now sings for the first time in this uplifting new musical. Let Grammy and Tony winner Duncan Sheik (Spring Awakening) and Tony nominee Nell Benjamin (Legally Blonde, Mean Girls) take you on a heartwarming adventure for all ages.

Extended thru Sept 5!

Based on the novel by Kate DiCamillo
Book and Lyrics by Nell Benjamin
Music by Duncan Sheik
Scenic Design by Donyale Werle
Costume Design by Emily Rebholz
Lighting Design by Jeff Croiter
Projection Design by Olivia Sebesky
Sound Design by Jay Hilton 
Wig & Hair Design by Mark Adam Rampmeyer
Casting by Tara Rubin Casting Kaitlin Shaw
Music Direction by Adam Souza
Music Supervision and Orchestrations by Jason Hart
Animal Direction by William Berloni
Choreographed by Chris Bailey
Directed by John Rando

Please note that there is a live dog in this show who will appear on stage and in the auditorium.  If you have a Service Animal as defined by the ADA, please contact the Box Office immediately.  In order to ensure your safety and the safety of your Service Animal, we must seat you in an appropriate location.  Also note that the dog and his understudy are both hypoallergenic.

Goodspeed Curtain Times

*Sunday evenings through 7/28; Thursday matinees begin 8/1
Extension week schedule: Tues 9/3, Wed 9/4, & Thurs 9/5 at 2:00 and 7:30pm

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

June 28 - Sept 5, 2019
2 hours 20 minutes (including intermission)
Age Rating: G

Please note: strobe lights and theatrical haze are used in this production

Friday Dinner Theatre Package

Includes dinner at the Gelston House (located next door to The Goodspeed) and a ticket to the 8pm performance. Only $79! View Menu

Rustica Dinner Theatre Package

Enjoy a night filled with homemade pasta and first-class theatre! Package includes a three-course dinner at Rustica Ristorante in Chester and a ticket to a Wednesday 7:30pm performance. Only $85! Reservations must be made prior to noon on the Monday before you plan to attend. View Menu

Meet the Cast

Aug 22
FREE! A lively discussion with the cast after the specified Thursday evening performances.

Sensory-Friendly Performance

Tuesday, Aug 20, 6:30pm
This family-friendly performance are designed and intended for those who are on the autism spectrum or who have other sensory issues. At these performances, the theatre environment will be altered, providing a safe, friendly, comfortable and judgment-free zone that is welcoming for all. This performance is recommended for those families and caregivers who are familiar with and accepting of behaviors exhibited by some individuals with autism—and would like to bring a loved one to the theatre. LEARN MORE

Broadway Tails Book Signing

World-famous animal trainer Bill Berloni will autograph his book Broadway Tails about rescued dogs who became showbiz stars every Saturday at 7pm during the run of Because of Winn DixieBroadway Tails will be available to purchase in our Gift Shop.

Student Rush

$15 tickets available for any evening performance, beginning at 10am on the day of the show. Must have valid student ID.

Dinner Discounts

Reserve tickets for a Wednesday, Thursday, or Sunday evening performance and enjoy special dinner offers at local restaurants.

For more details on any of these offers or to purchase tickets, please contact the Box Office at 860.873.8668. All offers valid on select seats and subject to availability. Restrictions may apply. Not valid for previsously purchased tickets or in combination with any other offer. Handling fees may apply.


Check out these resources to learn more about Because of Winn Dixie

Meet the Cast and Creative Team
Audience Guide (Click to download a printable version)
Student Guide 

PhotosView the Photo & Video Gallery

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