Goodspeed Opera House

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GOODSPEED MUSICALS' Birthplace of the original productions of Man of La Mancha, Shenandoah, and Annie, and the first regional theatre to receive two Special Tony Awards for its outstanding achievements, Goodspeed Musicals produces America's musical treasures to delight, inspire, and entertain you. Set along the tranquil Connecticut River, our two intimate theatres bring you closer to the excitement of live musicals. The beautiful surrounding countryside is brimming with restaurants, shops, and galleries for a get-away so perfect, you'll want to make it a Goodspeed day!
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Betty G
15 contributions
Jun 2022
Kander and Ebb's melodic and ultimately dark musical is beautifully done with uniformly outstanding performances. The ending stuns in the literal sense, one wonders if applause is appropriate. Ultimately we do applaud, the fine cast deserves it.
Written June 17, 2022
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Lolly’s Look
New York City, NY12,815 contributions
Jul 2020
We took a scenic ride up the river for dinner at a restaurant near the Opera House. It’s a beautiful historic building. Sadly, during the 2020 season it’s closed due to the Covid scare. We are looking forward to better days ahead when we will be able to enjoy live performances.
Written July 26, 2020
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BillT2
Hartford, CT174 contributions
I had driven past this place dozens of times in the past twenty years and never given it a thought other that "what a cute building". Well a friend suggested I try "Annie Get Your Gun" and I thought it would be a great way to finally see the inside of that "cute building".

I was not prepared for the experience I encountered at the Goodspeed Opera House. To begin with, the building itself is phenomenal. A true 1800's landmark. The theater itself is small and reminiscent of Ford's Theater in Washington DC. There is no bad seat in the house. All seating is reached by a series of antique staircases or a convenient elevator. The theater has a snack bar/gift shop and a full bar with a terrace for pre-show and intermission. They will even let you order you intermission drinks before the show and they're waiting for you.

The show itself was mind-blowing. We had seen a lot of shows on Broadway in New York as well as other venues around the world but nothing to compare with this production. The vocals were amazing. The set, the costumes, the cast.... WHAT A NIGHT.

I think the staff of the Goodspeed Opera House deserves a standing ovation as well as the cast of this show.
Written June 26, 2010
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tlamo
Fall River, MA17 contributions
Jul 2012 • Couples
My wife and I spent a few days in East Haddam for our anniversary in July of this year. One of the reasons for choosing this area was that “Carousel” would be playing at the Goodspeed Opera House. While we had seen Carousel before and have been to musicals all across New England, New York and London, we were very much looking forward to this performance due to Goodspeed’s reputation. The performers were as good as they get, certainly a ten out of ten. The play itself a 7 or 8 since it seemed rushed, especially in the beginning. The theatre management, and their consideration of their patrons, was absolutely pitiful. To begin with, their website advises the following: “Please contact our House Manager in advance if you require special assistance of any kind, such as: Access to the elevator to enter the building (Opera House only); Removal of a theatre seat to accommodate a wheelchair or oversize seat; Early admittance to the theatre; Assistance in getting to your seats.” The morning before the play I tried to do just that. I called the House Managers phone and left a message with our phone number. I never received a return call. At about noon time the day of the play we went to the theatre and explained to a young woman at the ticket window the unreturned call and that we were looking for information regarding handicap access. She nicely showed us the elevator and the general layout. What we didn’t realize at the time is that the elevator is at the front of the seating and it seems to be used by most of the patrons. By the time we reached the elevator at intermission it was full. When we did get to the area of the rest rooms and lounge the lines were very long, and for the frosting on the cake, it was only a 15 minute intermission. Women were still standing in line for the rest room when they had to return to their seats. As a follow up to the performance I received an audience survey. I responded with my dissatisfaction. “I am sorry that our production of Carousel and the theatre did not live up to your expectations.” No mention of the phone call that was never returned, no mention of the use of the elevator and no mention of only a 15 minute intermission. Pretty pitiful for a professional theatre!
Written September 4, 2012
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barry w
Norton, MA142 contributions
Oct 2015
We saw a "Wonderful Life" there in Oct, 2015. The performance was very good; the singing excellent. The building itself was originally an Opera House then a storage building for the roads dept then back to an opera house and now it's time to send it back to the roads dept. Not all antiques and pretty and this building sure isn't. The sight lines are terrible (i've never seen worse) unless your in the first few rows and the seats are not made for 2015 bodies. We were very disappointed.
Written October 5, 2015
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MMouseMD
West Hartford, CT618 contributions
Jul 2013 • Couples
We have seen productions on many of the great stages of the world, including Broadway, Los Angeles, Boston, and London. This play at the Goodspeed ranks among the best. It is a Broadway quality production, top notch cast, with choreography and stagecraft at the highest quality. When the size of the stage and wings are taken into account, the production was remarkable. The intimate theater guarantees is not a bad seat in the house. The orchestra is excellent and energetic.

We have intended Goodspeed at least two or three times a year over the past few years, and this production is among the best we have seen. It is truly not to be missed.
Written July 8, 2013
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cwccrc
Naples, FL24 contributions
Sep 2019
I saw Billy Elliot in London. It takes place during the coal miners strike. People are poorer than poor. Young man takes dancing instead instead of boxing as father had paid for. "To see all those burly guys dancing up a storm" won 10 Emmys in nyc. Will bring laughter and tears. Can't wait to see again.
Written September 7, 2019
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Thank you for taking the to to share your excitement for our upcoming production of Billy Elliot! We look forward to welcoming you to The Goodspeed this fall.
Written September 11, 2019
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JimmyJagen1
Westbrook, CT3 contributions
Dec 2014 • Couples
My wife and I went to see Holiday Inn at Goodspeed in December of 2014. All the cast members were outstanding, and we were entertained throughout the entire show. The sets, props, and costumes were beautiful. There were so many added bonuses during our time there, including the bar that they have behind the main staircase looking over the Connecticut River. You can get your drinks before the show, or you can preorder your intermission drinks so that they'll be ready for you in the lobby, or if you're lucky, on the balcony right outside. Near the bar are the restrooms and the candy bar/gift shop. The staff could not be more helpful. Can't wait for 2015 season!
Written January 10, 2015
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Charles R
Guilford, CT138 contributions
Nov 2014 • Family
If you have never seen a show at the Goodspeed, it is impossible to explain what a thrill and delight the productions are. Coming from New York (and Broadway) we thought that the Goodspeed might be an "out of town" rehearsal for "the big time" but soon learned that the Goodspeed is The Big Time! The quality of the performances, the enchantment of the theater, the enthusiasm of the performers all combine to make these shows "magical". And we have been going to the Goodspeed for the last twenty years!! Great Entertainment Value!
Written November 12, 2014
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Rich C
Connecticut270 contributions
Jul 2014 • Family
We saw Fiddler on the Roof at Goodspeed this past weekend, and it was fabulous! The actors were great, especially Tevye, who was HILARIOUS!! The staff was great, and they have their own bar were you can have drinks before the show or at intermission. You can also place your drink orders before the show and they'll be waiting for you. You can also purchase candy, gelato, and merchandise in the gift shop. What a great place!
Written July 29, 2014
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