Photo Flash: Beth Glover, Mark Zimmerman and More in Goodspeed's GOOD NEWS! After Party

Goodspeed Musicals kicks off its 50th Anniversary Season with a new production of the classic musical Good News!. This high spirited musical comedy will run from April 12 - June 22 at the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, Conn. Good News! will be sponsored by Liberty Bank and Updike, Kelley & Spellacy. [Official Press Opening will be May 1, 2013] BroadwayWorld has a first look at the first performance show party. Check them out below!

Music and lyrics for Good News! are written by Ray Henderson, B.G. DeSylva and Lew Brown and the book is by Laurence Schwab, Frank Mandel and B.G. DeSylva. This production is newly adapted by Jeremy Desmon, an award-winning musical theatre bookwriter. Good News! will also feature new dance arrangements by Broadway, television and film composer/arranger David Krane.

Leading the cast as Professor Kenyon will be Beth Glover of Goodspeed's High Button Shoes and Red, Hot & Blue joined by Mark Zimmerman of Broadway's West Side Story, A Catered Affair, The Rainmaker, Brigadoon, and Shenandoah and Goodspeed's Paper Moon who will play as Coach Bill Johnson.

The fresh faced team of actors includes Ross Lekites as Tom Marlowe and Chelsea Morgan Stock as Connie Lane. Max Perlman of Broadway's Kiss Me, Kate and Jekyll & Hyde will play Pooch Kearney. Barry Shafrin will play Bobby Randall, Tessa Faye will play Babe O'Day, and Myles J. McHale will play Beef Saunders. Pat will be played by Lindsay O'Neil who appeared in Broadway's A Christmas Story.

The ensemble includes Juliane Godfrey (Goodspeed's The Great American Mousical at The Norma Terris Theatre), Graham Keen as Sylvester, Kate Marilley (Goodspeed's Amazing Grace at The Norma Terris Theatre, Half a Sixpence, and L'il Abner), Drew Nellessen, Andrew Roubal, John Scacchetti (Broadway's Gypsy and 42nd Street and Goodspeed's How to Succeed...), Lauren Sprague, Vaden Thurgood, Jessi Trauth, and Zurin Villanueva. The swings are Jessica Jaros and Lucas Thompson.

Good News! will be directed and choreographed by Vince Pesce who choreographed Goodspeed's Mame and directed/choreographed Something's Afoot.

Scenic designs will be by Court Watson who served as Assistant Scenic Designer for Broadway's High Fidelity, Lestat, and Little Women and Set Designer for Meet John Doe at The Norma Terris Theatre. Costumes will be designed by Tracy Christensen who designed last season's Something's Afoot and City of Angels for Goodspeed. Ms. Christensen's numerous Broadway credits include Costume Designer for Souvenir and Associate Costume Designer for A Little Night Music, Shrek The Musical, The Little Mermaid, Fiddler on the Roof, and Beauty and the Beast. Lighting design will be by Charlie Morrison who served as Lighting Designer for Goodspeed's Mame, 42nd Street and Flight of the Lawnchair Man at The Norma Terris Theatre. Sound design will be by Jay Hilton who is in his 28th season at Goodspeed.

The Music Director for Good News! will be Michael O'Flaherty who is in his 22nd season as Goodspeed's Resident Music Director. William J. Thomas will be assistant music director. Orchestrations will be provided by Dan DeLange, who has created the orchestrations for numerous Goodspeed productions.

Good News! is produced for Goodspeed Musicals by Michael P. Price.

Tickets are available through the Box Office (860.873.8668), open seven days a week, or on-line at goodspeed.org. For show highlights, exclusive photos, special events and more visit us at goodspeed.org and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Photo Credit: Diane Sobolewski

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Photo Flash: Beth Glover, Mark Zimmerman and More in Goodspeed's GOOD NEWS! After Party
Lauren Sprague, Lindsay O'Neil, Jessi Trauth and Kate Marilley

Photo Flash: Beth Glover, Mark Zimmerman and More in Goodspeed's GOOD NEWS! After Party
The Cast

Photo Flash: Beth Glover, Mark Zimmerman and More in Goodspeed's GOOD NEWS! After Party
Jeremy Desmon, Vince Pesce and David Krane

Photo Flash: Beth Glover, Mark Zimmerman and More in Goodspeed's GOOD NEWS! After Party
Chelsea Morgan Stock and Tessa Faye

Photo Flash: Beth Glover, Mark Zimmerman and More in Goodspeed's GOOD NEWS! After Party
Andrew Roubal and Jessi Trauth

Photo Flash: Beth Glover, Mark Zimmerman and More in Goodspeed's GOOD NEWS! After Party
Andrew Roubal and Jessi Trauth

Photo Flash: Beth Glover, Mark Zimmerman and More in Goodspeed's GOOD NEWS! After Party
Barry Shafrin and Tessa Faye

Photo Flash: Beth Glover, Mark Zimmerman and More in Goodspeed's GOOD NEWS! After Party
Chelsea Morgan Stock and Ross Lekites

Photo Flash: Beth Glover, Mark Zimmerman and More in Goodspeed's GOOD NEWS! After Party
Set Designer Court Watson and Associate Director - Choreographer Jen Jenkins

Photo Flash: Beth Glover, Mark Zimmerman and More in Goodspeed's GOOD NEWS! After Party
The Cast

Photo Flash: Beth Glover, Mark Zimmerman and More in Goodspeed's GOOD NEWS! After Party
Graham Keen and Zurin Villanueva

Photo Flash: Beth Glover, Mark Zimmerman and More in Goodspeed's GOOD NEWS! After Party
Graham Keen and Zurin Villanueva

Photo Flash: Beth Glover, Mark Zimmerman and More in Goodspeed's GOOD NEWS! After Party
Jessi Trauth and Graham Keen

Photo Flash: Beth Glover, Mark Zimmerman and More in Goodspeed's GOOD NEWS! After Party
Graham Keen, Zurin Villanueva, Drew Nellessen and Lauren Sprague

Photo Flash: Beth Glover, Mark Zimmerman and More in Goodspeed's GOOD NEWS! After Party
Director Choreographer Vince Pesce with Associate GOOD NEWS Director Choreographer Jen Jenkins

Photo Flash: Beth Glover, Mark Zimmerman and More in Goodspeed's GOOD NEWS! After Party
Beth Glover and Mark Zimmerman

Photo Flash: Beth Glover, Mark Zimmerman and More in Goodspeed's GOOD NEWS! After Party
Cast of Goodspeed Musicals Good News

Photo Flash: Beth Glover, Mark Zimmerman and More in Goodspeed's GOOD NEWS! After Party
Executive Director Michael Price welcomes the first audience of Goodspeed Musicals 50th Anniversary season

Photo Flash: Beth Glover, Mark Zimmerman and More in Goodspeed's GOOD NEWS! After Party
Anne Pretzat, former chorus gal who performed in Oh, Lady, Lady! on the opening night of the Goodspeed Opera House

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