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Goodspeed Musicals

Goodspeed Musicals (East Haddam, CT)

Goodspeed Opera House, 6 Main Street
East Haddam
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(April 20 – December 9, 2012) More than 130 years after its debut performance, the Victorian landmark that spawned the original productions of Man of La ManchaAnnie and Shenandoah is still a vital center for musical theatre. Bringing together classic and forgotten works from the golden age of Broadway with promising projects still in development, the Goodspeed has become a regular home-away-from-home for the best of New York’s creative talents.

Producing three mainstage shows annually, between April and December, Goodspeed has offered audience favorites such as acclaimed revivals of 1776 and High Button Shoes. Meanwhile, the company’s home for new musicals, the Norma Terris, has hosted pre-Broadway performances of works such as The Story of My Life and Jason Robert Brown’s13.

Committed to the ongoing nurturing and preservation of the art form, Goodspeed’s professional and artistic development programs include a yearly Festival of New Artists, and a New Writer’s Residency for college students, while its in-house Scherer Library boasts one of the most extensive research collections for musical theatre in the country.

Goodspeed Musicals Information

  • Other Venue: The Norma Terris Theatre, 33 North Main Street, Chester
  • Public Transportation: Poor (MetroNorth and Amtrak train to Old Saybrook, then get a taxi—very expensive)
  • Handicapped Accessibility: Good
  • Performances/Programs: Performance schedule is Wednesday–Sunday
  • Ticket Prices: Tickets start at $27. All prices subject to change based on availability. Student Rush tickets sold for $15 starting at 10 a.m. for Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday evening performances (can be purchased by phone or at box office); $15 tickets for children 5–18 on selected kids and teen nights (when adult purchases full-price ticket).
  • Subscriptions: Three-Show subscriptions, regular and flex, start at $93. Benefits include ticket exchanges and priority seating.