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Annual Goodspeed Festival of New Musicals

January 12 - January 14

Annual Goodspeed Festival of New Musicals

Don’t miss your chance to see the next big hit at Goodspeed’s 18th Festival of New Musicals! The Festival has launched more than 50 new musicals into the universe, sending them across the country, to Broadway, and around the world! Join us for a weekend filled with insider events, seminars, cabarets, and three staged readings of brand-new works as the brightest writers and performers collaborate to create the future of America’s greatest art form.

Friday, January 12

Double Helix
7:30 p.m. The Goodspeed
Book, Music, & Lyrics by Madeline Myers
In the mid-20th century, the race to find the structure of DNA grips the scientific community. One brilliant young researcher, Rosalind Franklin, will stop at nothing to uncover one of life’s great mysteries. But will she sacrifice what makes her human to discover what makes us human?

Festival Cabaret: Artist to be announced
10:00 p.m., Gelston House

Saturday, January 13

10:00 a.m.  – 1:00 p.m., Gelston House and other locations
Seminar titles to be announced.

*2023 Terris Theatre Season Announcement
3:30 p.m., The Goodspeed 
*This event is free and open to the public.

*Symposium: Topic and speakers to be announced
4:30 p.m., The Goodspeed 
*This event is free and open to the public.

Festival Dinner
5:30 p.m., Gelston House
Enjoy a three course meal with fellow festival goers.

The Great Emu War
7:30 p.m. The Goodspeed
Book by Cal Silberstein
Music & Lyrics by Paul Hodge

Remember that one time that the Australian government sent their army with machine guns to wage war on emus in Western Australia? Neither do most people…but when Edith, the headstrong warbler, and her flock begin to feed on the wheat of local farmers—the humans take up arms against Australia’s favorite feathered friends. Think of it as Cats, but with emus…and less dancing…and a plot.

Festival Cabaret: Artist to be announced
9:30 p.m., Gelston House

Sunday, January 14

Little Miss Perfect
1:00 p.m. The Goodspeed
Book, Music, & Lyrics by Joriah Kwamé

Inspired by the viral single of the same name, Little Miss Perfect tells the story of Noelle, a bi-racial teen navigating her senior year of high school after her mom and stepdad invite a study abroad student to be her roommate. But when a classmate becomes the victim of systemic racism at her school, Noelle must decide whether she will be true to herself and an ally to her peers, or if she will settle for simply being “Little Miss Perfect.” Little Miss Perfect is a commission of Goodspeed Musicals’ GoodWorks program.

Meet the Writers Q&A
3:30 p.m., The Goodspeed

Gain insight into the inspirations and processes of the writers during this lively festival wrap-up discussion.


January 12
January 14
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6 Main St
East Haddam, CT 06423 United States
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