Goodspeed Opera House
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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  • steverA8718SU
    Naples, Florida1,380 contributions
    As good if not better than Broadway
    Do not miss Gypsy as it was better than the Broadway show with Ethel Mermin . Outstanding ! I still worry about exiting if there ever was afire even with sprinklers . Shows always are excellent and prove that you don’t need Broadway as the actors are amazing and exceptional . The directing is astounding
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written May 29, 2023
  • worktotravel14
    Trenton, New Jersey2,306 contributions
    Every seat is a good one
    The Goodspeed is a beautiful playhouse and had the joy of being there for production of Christmas in Connecticut that was so well produced. Each seat in the house gives you an intimate view and I tend to think that the balcony seats allow for a better view. I took off one star, because the theater can't handle a full house. It's more than a lack of a full staff, there's not enough of anything to manage the masses of people. They should open the doors much more ahead of time.
    Visited November 2022
    Written June 18, 2023
  • Alison S
    Springfield, Massachusetts1,014 contributions
    Gorgeous Little Victorian Theater
    Goodspeed puts on excellent shows. drawing talent from New York and elsewhere. But it's worth a visit just to see the old Victorian décor. The stairs are a bit of a challenge. There is an elevator from ground level to the orchestra; the balcony is accessible only by stairs.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written December 15, 2023
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Alison S
Springfield, MA1,014 contributions
Dec 2023 • Couples
Goodspeed puts on excellent shows. drawing talent from New York and elsewhere. But it's worth a visit just to see the old Victorian décor. The stairs are a bit of a challenge. There is an elevator from ground level to the orchestra; the balcony is accessible only by stairs.
Written December 15, 2023
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Mary Lee M
Brooklyn, NY5 contributions
Jul 2023 • Couples
It's always good at the good speed Opera house. But in the case of Summer Stock an original Musical I give it five stars.
Written July 27, 2023
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worktotravel14
Trenton, NJ2,306 contributions
Nov 2022
The Goodspeed is a beautiful playhouse and had the joy of being there for production of Christmas in Connecticut that was so well produced. Each seat in the house gives you an intimate view and I tend to think that the balcony seats allow for a better view. I took off one star, because the theater can't handle a full house. It's more than a lack of a full staff, there's not enough of anything to manage the masses of people. They should open the doors much more ahead of time.
Written June 18, 2023
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steverA8718SU
Naples, FL1,380 contributions
May 2023 • Couples
Do not miss Gypsy as it was better than the Broadway show with Ethel Mermin . Outstanding ! I still worry about exiting if there ever was afire even with sprinklers . Shows always are excellent and prove that you don’t need Broadway as the actors are amazing and exceptional . The directing is astounding
Written May 29, 2023
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Tab Malfa
1 contribution
Oct 2022
Do not waste your time on Goodspeed Opera House. The staff is completely incompetent. I attempted to buy tickets online. I was able to select the seats for a particular show, but the website did not allow me to complete the purchase. I called Goodspeed Opera House. The staff-member I spoke with brought up the website on her end and acknowledged my seat selections (party of 3). She confirmed the three seats together in row K, and I made the purchase over the phone. A few days later when I went to the box office to pick up my tickets and see the show, the box office refused to give me the seats that I had selected and offered seats that separated the members of my party. I protested and insisted that they provide the seats that I paid for. They arrogantly refused without apology or concession. The staff members were indignant that I would not submit to their terms. I demanded my money back and left. I travelled from Gloucester, Massachusetts to Haddam, Connecticut to see this particular show, but the staff at Goodspeed Opera did not care about that at all. If you plan to see a show at Goodspeed Opera House, you are putting yourself at risk. I have never seen such incompetence and arrogance. The disregard for their patrons was astounding.
Written October 24, 2022
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Oxbow I
1 contribution
Oct 2022 • Couples
Very poor acoustic production of 42nd Street.
The orchestra was over amplified overpowering any singing which was not amplified enough.
Just dreadful.
Written October 16, 2022
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Jay C
Hamden, CT123 contributions
Jul 2022
The Goodspeed has been around since the 1870's, is intimate in size, but each year manages to produce top musical theater. We saw the musical Caberet which was excellent. The acoustics are great and because of the small size of the room, you can see all the expressions of the actors which, in the case of Caberet, really adds to the show. The seating allows a good view of the stage from everywhere so there are really no bad seats. There is a nice separate area for intermissions. Only drawback is the restrooms are fairly limited in size.
Written July 12, 2022
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Betty G
31 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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dustythoughts
Manchester, CT2,097 contributions
Jan 2021
This theatre/opera house is a delight for the senses. They show a variety of world-class shows, such as Billy Elliott, South Pacific, and Camelot, in a truly gorgeous building that really adds to the overall experience. The building has existed since the mid-19th century, and you can feel the history of some of the shows that originated here, like Man of La Mancha. The acting/singing and the orchestra are consistently superb, which is really a testament to the theatre that it can attract such high-quality talent. It's set right in the heart of East Haddam, next to the Gelston House restaurant (great for a pre-show meal) and right on the scenic Connecticut River. Devils' Hopyard State Park and Gillette Castle State Park are both nearby.
Written January 8, 2021
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Lolly’s Look
New York City, NY12,819 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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