Goodspeed Musicals is the Connecticut-based not-for-profit theatre company devoted to the heritage of musical theatre and the fostering of new works, at both the Goodspeed Opera House and the Norma Terris Theatre. Previous Goodspeed award recipients include Ira Gershwin, Tommy Tune, Susan Stroman and Gerald Schoenfeld. Proceeds from the gala will support Goodspeed Musicals and its Max Showalter Center for Education in the Musical Theater.
Julie Andrews is a Broadway and Hollywood legend for her performances in Broadway's My Fair Lady and Camelot, and for her film roles of Maria in "The Sound of Music" and the title character in "Mary Poppins." She played the title roles in the film "Victor/Victoria" (and later starred in the Broadway musical version), and recently appeared in "The Princess Diaries," its sequel, "The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement."
Her next project will be directing Goodspeed's production of The Boy Friend, July 8-Sept. 18 at the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, CT. It will then embark on a national tour.
The chairmen for this gala event are Broadway press agent John Barlow and film and stage producer Scott Rudin. Barlow began his career over 20 years ago as a press intern with Goodspeed.
For gala ticket information, please telephone Theresa Kidd, Director of Individual Giving, at (860) 873-8664, ext. 317.
Goodspeed Musicals produces six musicals each season at the historic Goodspeed Opera House and The Norma Terris Theatre, which opened in Chester, CT in 1984 for the development of new musicals.
In addition to its onstage productions, Goodspeed also maintains The Scherer Library of Musical Theatre.