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The 3 Hidden Treasures of Goodspeed Musicals

August 17, 2016 by Juliana Panzera
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Goodspeed Opera House is considered by many to be the crowning jewel of Connecticut theater. The only company to receive two regional Tony Awards, this beautiful venue on the Connecticut River is known throughout the theater community for its consistently exceptional productions. However, Goodspeed is also home to a whole host of other lesser known attractions that are ideal to fill the time when you aren’t watching a show. Here are three things to do at the Opera House to compliment your time spent at this historic theatre.

Day Trips and Weekend Getaways


Goodspeed offers a variety of possible itineraries on their website that offer guests the opportunity to see the beauty of the surrounding towns. Of course, all itineraries include the chance to see a Goodspeed show during your time, and other examples include: Riverboat Excursion, a day in Historic East Haddam, and even a Shop ‘Til You Drop tour of the nearby outlets.

Scherer Library of Musical Theatre

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Proclaimed to be the most extensive musical theatre library in the world with, Scherer Library of Musical Theatre boasts over 100,000 items on its shelves, containing recordings, sheet music, books and scripts, memorabilia, and programs from the 1850s to the present. The general public is allowed to view items by appointment only Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Festival of New Musicals

Photo: Goodspeed Musicals, Diane Sobolewski

The Festival of New Musicals is a 3-day event that allows composers to work on their projects using the resources of Godspeed’s theatres and gives Boston Conversatory and Hartt School students opportunity to gain real world experience. Staged readings of each musical are performed over these 3 days. Shows that have premiered here include We Foxes by Ryan Scott Oliver, Band Geeks by Tommy Newman, Mark Allen, and Gaby Alter and the 2017 Broadway- bound Come From Away by David Hein and Irene Sankoff.

Enter the lottery to win tickets to Goodspeed’s current production, Bye Bye Birdie.