Goodspeed Musicals' Festival of New Musicals

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Country and Region United StatesConnecticut
Type of Festival Drama, Music
Location of Festival East Haddam, Connecticut, USA
Festival Contact Information

Goodspeed Musicals
P. O. Box A
East Haddam, CT 06423 USA
Phone: +01 860-873-8664

Festival Description

The Annual Goodspeed Festival of New Musicals is produced by Goodspeed Musicals’ Max Showalter Center for Education in the Musical Theater. The three day festival of brand new works takes place in mid-January at the Goodspeed Opera House with staged readings. Each year, Goodspeed expands its popular Festival Package with a roster of interesting events. The programming of staged readings; a Symposium, seminar sessions, a Meet the Writers Reception, Friday Night and Saturday Night Cabarets, and more...

Festival Dates January 17 - 19, 2014
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Festival Story:

Created in 2002, Goodspeed’s Showalter Center inspires and nurtures musical theatre artists and students by providing a unique and comprehensive range of training and educational programs to serve both the national and local academic communities. One of the Showalter Center’s major endeavors is The New Artists program. It offers new and emerging artists the rare opportunity to thoroughly work on their projects with the help of Goodspeed’s renowned resources and artistic environment, while affording senior students from The Hartt School real-world experience in new musical development and performing new musicals. The Hartt School, founded in 1920 and one of three founding institutions of the University of Hartford (Conn.), is an internationally acclaimed conservatory with innovative programs in music, dance and theatre.


Festival Events:

Programming 2014:
  • Friday, January 17
    • Adam Lives
      7:30 p.m., Goodspeed Opera House
      Book, Music & Lyrics by Rob Baumgartner, Jr. Adam is an unsuccessful songwriter who doesn’t know how to settle into his long-term relationship with Claudia. When he has an opportunity to write for an emerging pop superstar, Adam is forced to decide which he values more: an enduring partnership or a love that is worthy of song. Adam Lives is about finding and keeping the important things in life, but at what cost?
    • Festival Cabaret
      10:00 p.m., Gelston House Showcasing new songs by our festival writers.
  • Saturday, January 18
    • Seminars
      10:00 - 12:45 p.m., Gelston House
      They’re the Tops! — What makes a Broadway hit? Mark Acito, Helen Hayes Award-winning playwright, novelist, and theatre historian, will discuss the common threads among the 100 top-selling Broadway shows of all time.
      Uncovering Goodspeed Treasures — Tucked away on a top shelf or buried in a dusty box, many one-of-a-kind treasures have been uncovered and preserved for generations to come in Goodspeed’s Scherer Library of Musical Theatre. Noted author and theatre historian Ken Bloom will guide a discussion about some of the most fascinating objects in this rare collection.
      An Actor’s Life — Get to know your favorite stars from Goodspeed’s Hello, Dolly!. The beloved Klea Blackhurst (Dolly) and the Tony-nominated Tony Sheldon (Horace) will share stories of their lives as actors – including the triumphs, heartaches, and struggles.
      Casting 101 — Back by popular demand! Learn the ins and outs of the casting process as Goodspeed’s Casting Director Paul Hardt and Resident Music Director Michael O’Flaherty uncover the tricks-of-the-trade.
    • Additional programming
      New Musical Preview
      2:30 – 3:30 p.m., Goodspeed Opera House
      A preview of a new musical headed to Goodspeed’s Norma Terris Theatre in 2014
      4:00 p.m., Goodspeed Opera House
      On the Road to Holiday Inn: Creating a World Premiere Ever wonder what it takes to move a musical from conception to full-blown stage production? Now at the halfway mark of the process, a panel of theatre experts and members of the creative team will explore the work that’s been done and what’s still to come for Goodspeed’s world premiere of Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn. This event is free and open to the public.
      Festival Dinner
      5:30 p.m., Gelston House - OR - La Vita Gustosa
      Enjoy a three course meal with fellow festival goers.
      A Proper Place
      7:30 p.m., Goodspeed Opera House
      Book by Leslie Becker and Curtis Rhodes
      Music by Curtis Rhodes
      Lyrics by Leslie Becker
      Additional Lyrics by Curtis Rhodes
      It is 1902. Mayfair, England. When an upper class British family is shipwrecked on an island with only their butler to help them survive, traditional class systems are questioned and unexpected love blossoms. Based on J. M. Barrie’s play The Admirable Crichton, this musical fantasy with a sumptuous score, dubbed a “cross between Downton Abbey and Gilligan’s Island,” is a classic tale of equality, survival and forbidden love.
      Festival Cabaret
      10:00 p.m., Gelston House
  • Sunday, January 19
    • Theory of Relativity
      1:00 p.m., Goodspeed Opera House
      Music & Lyrics by Neil Bartram
      Book by Brian Hill
      This unconventional new musical from the writers of The Story of My Life is a joyous and moving look at our surprisingly interconnected lives. Through a collection of songs, scenes and monologues, The Theory of Relativity introduces a compelling array of characters experiencing the joys and heartbreaks, the liaisons and losses, the inevitability and the wonder of human connection.
    • Meet the Writers Reception
      3:30 p.m., Gelston House
      Gain insight into the inspirations and processes of the writers. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and cash bar.


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