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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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, CT100 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
22 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, CT1,735 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, NY12,815 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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Charlie S
Medford, NY104 contributions
Nov. 2019
Billy Elliot was an exciting and wonderful show done within the confines of a local showhouse. Amazing how the scenery and staging worked like Broadway but within the small space the had to work with. Many times we were all amazed that the cast was able to have so many people on stage, move and dance and sing to our total enjoyment. Worth every minute and every penny we spent to be entertained that well.
Written November 26, 2019
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Thank you for taking the time to share your experience here. We are pleased to learn that you enjoyed your visit and Goodspeed's production of Billy Elliot. We look forward to welcoming you back for another enjoyable night of theater.
Written November 27, 2019
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billsee
Long Island, New York34 contributions
Nov. 2019
Came to see a performance of Billy Elliot at the Goodspeed Opera House, an imposing, beautiful theater in East Haddam, CT. The show was unbelievable. Terrific acting, orchestra, scenery. The downside? We were seated in Row L and had a lot of difficulty seeing the stage easily since the rows are not really pitched much if at all. I had a very large man sitting in front of me and spent the performance bobbing side to side to try to see what was going on. My suggestion? Try to select seats as close to the stage as possible, or sit in the upper wings where the seats ARE tiered
Written November 24, 2019
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Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts here. We are pleased to learn you enjoyed our production of Billy Elliot. We are sorry your experience was affected by the seating in our historic theater. We strive to ensure that all of our audience members can enjoy the show. If you visit us in the future and encounter a situation that might impact your enjoyment of the production please do not hesitate to let our House Management team know. If we can remedy the situation, we certainly will. We hope to have the opportunity to welcome you back soon.
Written November 25, 2019
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clevanchy5
1 contribution
Nov. 2019
We saw the Billy Elliott show and it was our first experience with the Goodspeed. We were not disappointed! We will be back!
Written November 22, 2019
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Thank you for sharing your thoughts about Goodspeed Musicals and Billy Elliot. We are pleased to learn that you enjoyed our production and your visit. We look forward to welcoming you back in 2020!
Written November 25, 2019
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369jrl
Stonington, CT2 contributions
Nov. 2019 • Couples
Energetic production with an amazing cast of young people. Liam Vincent Hutton as Billy stole the show!
Written November 13, 2019
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Thank you for sharing this. We are pleased to learn you enjoyed our current production Billy Elliot The Musical and hope to welcome you back again in 2020!
Written November 14, 2019
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