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13th Annual Festival of New Musicals

13th Annual Festival of New Musicals

JAN 12-14, 2018


Every musical got its start somewhere—for many, it was at Goodspeed. Don't miss your chance to see the next big hit at Goodspeed's Thirteenth Annual Festival of New Musicals. Hundreds of musical theatre lovers will gather on the Goodspeed campus for staged readings of brand new works as the brightest new writers and performers collaborate to create the future of America's greatest art form. It's something different...come join us!

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FRIDAY, JAN 12, 7:30 PM 

Music by Ethan Pakchar and Douglas Lyons
Lyrics by Douglas Lyons
Book by Harrison David Rivers

New York City. 1863. Set amidst the tumult of the Civil War, Five Points chronicles the journeys of two men - Willie Lane, a young black performer at the famed Almack’s Dance Hall, and John Diamond, an Irish immigrant and former jig champion - as they risk everything in pursuit of the American Dream.


SATURDAY, JAN 13, 7:30 PM 

Music by Sean Mahoney
Book & Lyrics by Patricia Noonan

As World War II shakes the nation, sisters Beth and Frankie join women from across America to fly for the US Army. Leaving home to train in Sweetwater, TX, these Women Airforce Service Pilots risk their lives without military status. From history’s margins, Sweetwater brings the WASP center stage in an epic story about the joys and costs of being female pioneers.


SUNDAY, JAN 14, 1:00 PM 

Music & Lyrics by Brett Ryback
Book by Eric Ulloa
Based on the work “Walking to Listen” by Andrew Forsthoefel

Passing Through tells the incredible true story of a young man who journeys on foot from Pennsylvania to California, collecting stories as he goes. When his trek brings to light a repressed family trauma, he must use the lessons he’s gathered to confront his past. Set against the backdrop of America, it’s a musical about community and the healing power of forgiveness.

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Goodspeed's Festival Packages get you access to exclusive events all weekend long!

Call the Box Office to order packages: 860.873.8668




• 1 Ticket for all 3 Staged Readings   • 1 Ticket for all 3 Staged Readings
• CHOOSE: Friday or Saturday Cabaret
  • New Musical Preview
• 3 Seminar Sessions
  • Symposium
• CHOOSE: Festival Dinner at Gelston House or La Vita
  • Meet the Writers Q&A
• New Musical Preview
• Symposium
• Meet the Writers Q&A

Single Tickets: $25
Students: $15


Exclusive Silver Package Event
Exclusive Gold Package Event


SEMINAR TICKET DISTRIBUTION | 5:30 - 7:15 p.m. | Porch Bar, The Goodspeed
All Gold Package holders will be able to pick up their Seminar tickets before Friday's staged reading. Tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis so arrive early to get your top choices!

FIVE POINTS | 7:30 p.m. | The Goodspeed

FESTIVAL CABARET: Jenny Giering | 10:00 p.m. | Gelston House
Composer, singer and pianist Jenny Giering was a 2013 and 2014 participant in the Johnny Mercer Writers Colony at Goodspeed. Giering has received the Clifton Artist in Residence at Harvard University, the Dramatists Guild Jonathan Larson Fellowship, Constance Klinsky Prize from Second Stage Theatre, a Meet the Composer grant, the Jonathan Larson Performing Arts Foundation Award and was the composer in residence at Sundance’s Ucross Residency. She is currently writing two new musicals on commissions from Playwrights Horizons and Chicago Shakespeare.

Saturday, January 13

SEMINAR TICKET DISTRIBUTION | 9:00 - 12:00 p.m. | Gelston House Lobby

SEMINAR SESSION I | 10:00 a.m. | Gelston House or La Vita   

SEMINAR SESSION II | 11:00 a.m. | Gelston House  

SEMINAR SESSION III | 12:00 p.m. | Gelston House  

MOVIE SCREENING: Goodspeed's On the Town | 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. | The Scherer Library
New York, New York! Sing along as we celebrate Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birthday with this screening of Goodspeed’s 1993 production
of On the Town.

LIBRARY EXHIBIT: Noël Coward | 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. | The Scherer Library
Referred to as “The Master” by his close friends, Noël Coward was a successful playwright, actor, director, film producer, painter, songwriter, and author. Learn more about this man of many talents in our library exhibit.

NEW MUSICAL PREVIEW | 3:00 p.m. | The Goodspeed
Be the first to find out which new musicals will be on The Terris Theatre stage in 2018 and preview some songs from the shows.

SYMPOSIUM: A Critic's Role | 4:00 p.m. | The Goodspeed
What is the role of a theatre critic in the modern age? A panel of esteemed critics led by WNPR’s Colin McEnroe will explore the topic.

FESTIVAL DINNER | 5:00 p.m. | Gelston House or La Vita
Enjoy a three-course meal with fellow Festival-goers. View Gelston House Menu | View La Vita Menu

SWEETWATER | 7:30 p.m. | The Goodspeed 

FESTIVAL CABARET: Zoe Sarnak | 10:00 p.m. | Gelston House
Zoe Sarnak is an award-winning composer, lyricist and playwright who participated in the 2016 Johnny Mercer Writers Colony at Goodspeed. Sarnak’s A Lasting Impression was produced off-Broadway and The Years Between was performed at 54 Below and workshopped at the Musical Theatre Factory. Winner of the 2015 Davenport Songwriting contest and finalist for NY Stage & Film’s Founders award, Sarnak’s music has been featured at The Lilly Awards, Women of Note (NYMF), Cutting Edge Composers and more, and in venues from Playwrights Horizons and New York Theatre Workshop to Joe’s Pub and the Highline Ballroom.

Sunday, January 15

PASSING THROUGH | 1:00 p.m. | The Goodspeed

MEET THE WRITERS Q&A | 3:30 p.m. | The Goodspeed  
Gain insight into the inspirations and processes of the writers.

Lead Corporate Sponsor:
 RisCassi & Davis
With Support From:
Burry Fredrik Foundation
ARS Foundation
Noel Coward Foundation 

2018 Friends of the Festival

Shawn Amdur & Dale Woods
Denise Bernardo & Eddie Muentes
Anne Calanquin
Amy & Frank Campbell
Michael Chaiklin
Kevin Condrin
Don & Terri Coustan
Susan Gonsalves
Bill Gratz & Jay Bruno
Peter Hoyle
Chris Joy & Cathy Velenchik
Stu & Ellen Kazin

Pat & Koen Loeven
John Lukomnik & Lynn Davidson
Dave & Judith Macri
Mark Planner
Anne Rothstein & Jane Hellman
Jeff Riley & Mary Wilson
Megan & Bill Stine
Russ Tait & Lee Anderson
George Vinick & Margaret Saxe
Jessica Waldman & Carl Thompson
Chris & Tracy Weed
Marie Wilson & Colette Trohan

Goodspeed Musicals Max Showalter Center for Education in Musical Theatre

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