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David Lutken and the Seat of the Pants Band

SEPT 10 - 27

5:30pm on Thursdays - Sundays

Sing along to American melodies from all across the country with David Lutken and The Seat Of The Pants Band. They'll play everything trom Traditional American and Irish tunes to '50s and '60s folk, mixed with the flavors of New Orleans jazz, bluegrass, rock & roll, gospel, and showtunes. It’s a guitar strummin’, harmonica playin’, all-American celebration of song!


All tickets are $25

Tickets are only available by phone.

Call the Box Office at 860.873.8668

Tuesday & Wednesday 10am - 5pm
Thursday & Friday 10am - 6pm
Saturday & Sunday 4pm - 6pm



The dinner package includes a 2-course dinner and ticket to the concert. You will be seated at tables on the lawn at the Gelston House, overlooking the concert area for dinner and the duration of the show. Parties will be seated at tables of up to four people and must be purchased at the same time, through the Goodspeed box office. VIEW MENU

Please note that the package price includes dinner, tax and a ticket to the concert. It does not include beverages or gratuity. Also, please note that there may be other diners in the same area who are not attending the concert; they will not have a full view of the stage.



David Lutken

DAVID M. LUTKEN Originally from Dallas, Texas, David graduated from Duke University with a Bachelor of Arts in Classics. He completed his Acting Degree at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Arts in London. He has performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, The 92nd St Y, at Cooper Union (with Ted Sperling’s ‘Master Voices’), Nashville’s  Ryman Auditorium, with the North Carolina Symphony and the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra, on NPR, Polskie Radio, the BBC, Voice Of America, and The Louisiana Hayride. With his original show, “Woody Sez: The Life & Music of Woody Guthrie”, he and his company have toured Europe, the British Isles, the US, the Middle East, and China. David won the Helen Hayes and the Joseph Jefferson Best Actor award for his portrayal of Woody Guthrie.

BROADWAY: Inherit the Wind, Ring of Fire, The Civil War, The Will Rogers Follies. OFF-BROADWAY: Woody Sez (Outer Critics’ Circle, Off-Broadway Alliance & Drama League Best Musical nominations), Southern Comfort, Stars in Your Eyes, Winter Man, The Portable Pioneer and Prairie Show. N.Y. CITY OPERA: Paul Bunyan.

LONDON: Woody Sez (Evening Standard Best Musical nomination), Dark of the Moon, Bonnie and Clyde, A Month In The Country.

REGIONAL: Our Town, Man of La Mancha, Elmer Gantry, Back Home Again, Fire On The Mountain, Hank Williams’ Lost Highway, Buddy, Pump Boys and Dinettes, Stand By Your Man, The Love List, The Man Who Came to Dinner, On Golden Pond, Mark Twain’s River of Song, and many others.

David is very happy to be back at Goodspeed. His first appearance here was at The Terris Theater in Honky Tonk Highway in 1995. Finian’s Rainbow (directed by Gabriel Barre) and Big River (directed by Rob Ruggiero) followed, and in the summer of 2018, he played the title role in Goodspeed's spectacular revival of The Will Rogers Follies 26 years after understudying the part on Broadway.

Christine LyonsCHRISTINE LYONS is an actor, instrumentalist, and opera singer from Atlanta, who has been called a “true virtuosa” by Broadway World, celebrated as “a truly gifted vocalist… display[ing] an impressive range of emotions” by Maryland Theater Guide, and praised as “especially moving” by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. She is thrilled to be returning to Goodspeed, where she previously appeared as Alice’s Daughter in Big River. Christine’s other theatre credits include a tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, A Little Night Music, The Blue Ridge Nightingale, A Chorus Line, Miss Saigon, and Ragtime. While she sings in six languages, Italian has her heart, and her favorite operatic credits include the title roles in Madama Butterfly, Norma, and La Straniera. She has performed at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and The Kennedy Center. As a songwriter, she has played two national tours across the country. Christine is overjoyed to bring hope through music to Goodspeed by the River. 

Morgan MorseMORGAN MORSE is an actor, musician, and writer originally from Ansonia, CT. Stage credits include Godspell, Once, and Stand By Your Man at the Ivoryton Playhouse; Once at the Cape Playhouse; and Ring of Fire everywhere from Houston, Texas to Vienna, Austria. He also writes and performs original music, which you can find at soundcloud.com/morgan-morse. Much thanks to David and to the Goodspeed for giving artists a home during these unprecedented times!

The original Playbillies are Matt Cusack, Mike Rosengarten, and Sam Sherwood Douglas Waterbury-Tieman. The quartet was formed when one day when Mike turned to Matt and Douglas and said "Man, these show tunes are great but I just wish there were more banjo?" They readily agreed, grabbed their friend Sam and took off on an adventure to “bluegrassify” every show tune they could! 


But seriously...The Playbillies formed in 2016 when founding members Matt, Mike and Douglas were performing as part of the onstage band for Roundabout Theatre Company’s production of The Robber Bridegroom.  Between weekend matinees and evening performances they started making YouTube videos featuring their own unique arrangements of musical theatre songs reimagined as Bluegrass tunes.  Soon after RBG closed they made the best possible decision they could make and invited their friend Sam into the band; instant Bluegrass magic.


Over the past four years they have continued to share original arrangements on their YouTube channel and via social media.  They have also had the great privilege to perform concerts in New York City and at several weddings, although why anyone would want bluegrass covers of musical theatre songs at their wedding is beyond them.  For the Goodspeed by the River concerts, Andrew Crowe will be joining the quartet in place of Douglas.

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