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The 13th Annual Goodspeed Festival of New Musicals

January 12 - January 14

Discover a three-day festival of brand-new works at The 13th Annual Goodspeed Festival of New Musicals, produced by Goodspeed Musicals’ Max Showalter Center for Education in Musical Theatre from Friday, January 12 – Sunday, January 14.

Kick off the weekend on Friday, January 12 at The Goodspeed with a staged reading of the rousing new musical Five Points by Ethan D. Pakchar (Music) and Douglas Lyons (Music and Lyrics), and McKnight Fellowship winner Harrison David Rivers (Book).

On Saturday, January 13, the soaring Sweetwater, inspired by the contributions of Women Airforce Service Pilots, will be a highlight of the day. The musical is written by festival alumni Sean Mahoney and critically acclaimed Patricia Noonan.

The final day of the festival features Passing Through, ASCAP Foundation’s Cole Porter Award winner Brett Ryback and author Eric Ulloa’s exhilarating  tuner based on a young man’s cross-country journey.

All three writing teams have developed works during the Johnny Mercer Writers Colony at Goodspeed. Additional festival events including seminars, a symposium, cabarets and

The New Musical Preview round out this exciting weekend. Single tickets are $25 for each staged reading, $15 each for students.

Beginning December 6th, single show tickets and festival packages will be available through the Goodspeed Box Office 860.873.8668 or online at

This year’s Festival is sponsored in part by lead corporate sponsor RisCassi & Davis, P.C. with support from the Burry Fredrik Foundation, the Adolph and Ruth Schnurmacher Foundation, and Nöel Coward Foundation.

For tickets and more information, click here.


January 12
January 14


Goodspeed Opera House
6 Main Street
East Haddam, 06423 United States
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