Tickets Go on Sale for Goodspeed's 50th Anniversary Season, 2/17


Join Goodspeed Musicals as it celebrates its 50th Anniversary! Don't miss your chance to get the best seats at the greatest values for each of the three fantastic musicals specially selected to commemorate our Golden Anniversary season at the Goodspeed Opera House. Due to this extraordinary milestone, demand is expected to be high when tickets go on sale for the 2013 season so audience members are encouraged to call right away. The Box Office will open at 10 a.m. this Sunday offering great deals on three terrific musicals that are sure to delight theatre-goers: sweet and spirited Good News!; the beloved Hello, Dolly!; and The Most Happy Fella, a charming and romantic musical from the creator of Guys and Dolls. Be among the first to purchase tickets for all three shows at Goodspeed Musicals, the first regional theatre in the nation to receive two Tony Awards.

This year's season opener Good News! will delight and entertain with Music and Lyrics by Ray Henderson, B.G. DeSylva and Lew Brown, Book by Laurence Schwab, Frank Mandel and B.G. DeSylva. and featuring a new adaptation by Jeremy Desmon for Goodspeed Musicals. Mr. Desmon is an award-winning musical theatre bookwriter whose tuner The Girl in the Frame, seen in over a dozen productions, including at Goodspeed's Norma Terris Theatre in 2005, earned him the prestigious Edward Kleban Prize as America's Most Promising Musical Theatre Bookwriter. His musical Pump Up The Volume, an adaptation of the 1990 film, has been developed at Goodspeed Musicals and The Human Race Theatre. Good News! will feature new dance arrangements by Broadway, television and film composer/arranger David Krane. Mr. Krane has composed dance music and arrangements for 29 Broadway shows, including 110 in the Shade, La Cage aux Folles, Cabaret, Man of La Mancha, Oklahoma! (Hugh Jackman), Kiss of the Spider Woman (Chita Rivera), The Music Man, Big (Susan Stroman), Ragtime, Victor/Victoria (Julie Andrews), and Damn Yankees. This fast-paced frolick will be directed and choreographed by Vince Pesce who choreographed Goodspeed's Mame and directed/choreographed Something's Afoot. Mr. Pesce was Associate Choreographer of Broadway's Anything Goes, The Pajama Game, Wonderful Town and Little Shop of Horrors. Good News! will be sponsored by Liberty Bank and Updike, Kelley & Spellacy.

Rah! Rah! Rah! Youthful energy abounds in this signature Goodspeed musical filled with Roaring 20s nostalgia, plenty of laughter and rousing dance numbers. Anticipation builds on the Tait College campus as game day approaches but the football hero must first pass a big exam in order to play. When he unexpectedly falls for his tutor, romance blooms and hijinks ensue. With songs like "You're the Cream in My Coffee," "The Varsity Drag" and "Life Is Just a Bowl of Cherries," it's fun for everyone.

Director of the recent hit Broadway revival, Godspell Daniel Goldstein will introduce us to everybody's favorite matchmaker in Hello, Dolly! featuring music and lyrics by Jerry Herman, Book by Michael Stewart and based on "The Matchmaker" by Thornton Wilder. Goodspeed favorite Kelli Barclay, who choreographed Goodspeed's My One and Only, How to Succeed... and served as Assistant Choreographer on the Broadway revival of 42nd Street and Associate Choreographer of Irving Berlin's White Christmas, will choreograph this classic musical comedy.

Join us when one of the greatest musicals ever written lights up the Goodspeed stage for the very first time. You'll grin from ear to ear as Dolly Levi meddles in many a person's affairs while at the same time seeking her own "half a millionaire." Jerry Herman's rousing score is bursting with joy and tunes like "Put On Your Sunday Clothes," "Before the Parade Passes By" and "It Only Takes a Moment." Sparkling, dazzling, delightful-one musical that you cannot miss! Hello, Dolly! will be sponsored by Bank of America and Essex Meadows; Marquee Producing Partners are Dr. Anne Rothstein and Ms. Jane Hellman.

From the composer of Guys and Dolls comes a vibrant musical that blossoms in the vineyards of Napa Valley. Your heart will be warmed by this May-December romance when a city bride is wooed by an aging Italian grape farmer who nearly botches everything until his true goodness shines through. With a gorgeous score and spirited dancing, it's a simple and touching love story that makes for an extraordinary night of theatre. Favorite songs include "Standing on the Corner" and "Somebody, Somewhere."

The Most Happy Fella features Book, Music and Lyrics by Frank Loesser and will be directed by Rob Ruggiero who helmed such Goodspeed audience favorites as Carousel, Show Boat, Camelot, Annie Get Your Gun and 1776 . Choreography will be by Parker Esse whose Goodspeed credits include Carousel, Associate Director/Choreographer for Lucky Guy and Assistant Choreographer for Pirates of Penzance and Babes in Arms. Mr. Esse served as Associate Choreographer of Broadway's Finian's Rainbow and A Tale of Two Cities. The Most Happy Fella Marquee Producing Partners are David and Lucille Viola, Sr.

Beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, February 17, 2013, single tickets may be purchased by visiting our Box Office, open seven days a week at 6 Main Street, East Haddam, Conn.; by calling 860.873.8668; or on-line at Special ticket packages starting at only $99 for all three shows are still available. Contact the Box Office for details. Ticket cost may vary by performance; please call for current pricing. All prices are subject to change.

Good News! will run April 12 - June 22; Hello, Dolly! will run from June 28 - September 8; and The Most Happy Fella will run from September 20 - December 1. Curtain times are Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Thursday at 7:30 p.m. (select performances at 2:00 p.m.), Friday at 8:00 p.m., Saturday at 3:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., and Sunday at 2:00 p.m. (select performances at 6:30 p.m.).

Goodspeed Musicals' 2013 season is produced by Michael P. Price.

Dedicated to the preservation and advancement of musical theatre, Goodspeed Musicals produces three musicals each season at the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, Conn., and additional works at The Norma Terris Theatre in Chester, Conn., which was opened in 1984 for the development of new musicals. The first regional theatre to receive two Tony Awards (for outstanding achievement), Goodspeed celebrates another milestone, its 50th Anniversary, in 2013. In addition to the two theatres and production facilities, Goodspeed maintains The Scherer Library of Musical Theatre and The Max Showalter Center for Education in Musical Theatre. Goodspeed Musicals gratefully acknowledges the support of its Official Audio Sponsor, Sennheiser Electronic Corporation; its Official Airline Sponsor, United Airlines; and its Official Auto Sponsor, Hoffman Audi. Goodspeed Musicals is supported in part by the Department of Economic and Community Development with support from the Connecticut Office of the Arts.

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