GOODSPEED MUSICALS has achieved international acclaim for its dedication to the preservation and advancement of musical theatre. Under the direction of Michael P. Price since 1968, Goodspeed produces three musicals each season at the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, Connecticut, 16 of which have gone to Broadway (including Man of La Mancha, Shenandoah and Annie), receiving more than a dozen Tony Awards. In addition, Goodspeed produces three musicals each year at The Norma Terris Theatre, opened in 1984 in Chester, Connecticut, for the development of new musicals. Also integral to its mission, Goodspeed houses the Library of Musical Theatre, which preserves scores, sheet music, scripts, original cast recordings, playbills, and theatre memorabilia, and publishes Show Music Magazine, covering musical theatre around the world. Goodspeed has received two Special Tony Awards, one in 1980 for outstanding contribution to musical theatre, and a second in 1995 for distinguished achievement for a regional theatre.
Oh my gosh - you cannot beat seeing a show at the Goodspeed. The theater is small, intimate and every seat gives you a clear view of the stage. Yes, there is a majestic stair case to take you up to orchestra seating, but just around the bend there is also an elevator - The staff is extremely accommodating to your every need. The most important aspect is the quality of the shows - I have not seen one show in the many years of attending that was not top notch from the acting, choreography, staging, singing, costumes- all with a live orchestra - Broadway at its best! Just attended Thoroughly Modern Millie - a "funtastic" show - full of great music, comedy and superb acting - Highly recommend you put this wonderful old opera house on your bucket list - you won't be disappointed!
Beautiful six-storey opera house that has not hosted any operas. But is famous for launching a number of musicals and went on to become major successes at Broadway including Annie. Did not get to experience a musical this time but hope to return soon.
A great small theater for watching high quality plays and musicals. I t can get want inside so dress in layers.
Very entertaining. Enjoyed the play. ..the cast were fantastic.
I found the Goodspeed Theater smaller than I thought. It actually helps to make a great ambiance and bring the show closer to the public. I recommend this unique experience!