Goodspeed Musicals' Sue Frost to Exit the Land Where the Good Songs Go

News   Goodspeed Musicals' Sue Frost to Exit the Land Where the Good Songs Go Sue Frost, one of the American musical theatre's major champions of new work, will leave her post as associate producer of Goodspeed Musicals in June, after 20 years with the Tony Award-honored institution.
From Left: Goodspeed Musicals' Dan McMahon and Sue Frost at Playbill.com's 10th Anniversary Party Jan. 24.
From Left: Goodspeed Musicals' Dan McMahon and Sue Frost at Playbill.com's 10th Anniversary Party Jan. 24. Photo by Ben Strothmann

The Connecticut-based not-for-profit revives classic musicals and also produces new and revised works on two stages: The Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam (its mainstage) and the Norma Terris Theatre in Chester (devoted to new works).

Frost said her future plans are not set, but she is not abandoning musical theatre. "I'm very proud of building relationships with writers over the years," she told Playbill.com. "I'm sure my passion for new musicals and my desire to continue to create a supportive environment for artists and new work means that my path will inevitably intersect with Goodspeed again."

Frost told Playbill.com she was proud of everything she had to do with "keeping the Norma Terris a home for new musicals," adding that shows so often get "workshopped' and "developed" around the country "but they don't get produced." At the Norma Terris, new musicals get full productions and eager audiences — but no pesky drama critics showing up.

"It's that experience that a writer needs," Frost explained. "I wish we could have done more."

Frost began at Goodspeed in 1985; the Terris opened the year before and she would soon become its line producer, working on almost 50 new shows. When she joined Goodspeed, Frost was production coordinator, charged with rebuilding the production department. She graduated to associate producer, working closely with executive director Michael P. Price. On her watch at Goodspeed she saw a program with New York University-Tisch School's Musical Theatre Writing Program begin and evolve. The program allows new writers to work on pieces of their shows and hear their work performed by professionals.

Recently, Frost helped create the new Goodspeed Musical Theatre Institute in which undergraduate performers or recent grads come to the Goodspeed campus to interact with musical theatre professionals and/or new writers.

Before coming to Goodspeed she was a company manager in New York. Her last Broadway show as company manager was on Kander and Ebb's The Rink.

Frost continues to be on the board of the National Alliance for Musical Theatre. She is a graduate of Smith College, a member of the Association of Theatrical Press Agents and Managers and is chairman of Lyme's Youth Service Bureau. She lives in Old Lyme with her husband, Daniel Renn, and their daughter, Martha Hope.

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