Creative Teams Announced for 6 Goodspeed Musicals

News   Creative Teams Announced for 6 Goodspeed Musicals
Directors include Hunter Foster, Denis Jones, Tina Landau, and more.
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Hunter Foster
Director Tina Landau
Director Tina Landau

The Tony Award-winning Goodspeed Musicals has announced directors and choreographers for its previously announced 2017 season, tickets for which go on sale February 19.

The first of three productions planned for The Goodspeed in East Haddam, Connecticut, is the Tony-winning Thoroughly Modern Millie, which made a Broadway star out of Tony winner Sutton Foster. Running April 21-July 2, the production will be directed and choreographed by Denis Jones, who choreographed the Goodspeed and Broadway stagings of Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn.

The first-ever Goodspeed production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic Oklahoma! will run July 14–September 23. Jenn Thompson (Off-Broadway's Abundance, Actors Company Theatre's Lost in Yonkers) will direct with choreography by Katie Spelman (national tour of Once; Broadway's American Psycho).

A reimagined version of the short-lived Broadway musical Rags will be seen at The Goodspeed October 6–December 10. Rob Ruggiero, who has directed nine other productions at the venue, will helm the musical with choreography by Parker Esse, a five-time Helen Hayes Best Choreography nominee and recipient of the award for Arena Stage’s Oklahoma!

The Norma Terris Theatre in Chester, Connecticut, will offer the musical comedy Deathless June 2–July 2. Tina Landau, who directed and co-conceived the recent Chicago premiere of The Spongebob Musical, will direct.

This summer the Terris will welcome the new musical Darling Grenadine, which is billed as mixing “the whimsy of MGM musicals and the bittersweet surprise of romantic comedies.” The production, which runs August 18–September 17, will be directed by Rock of Ages Tony nominee Kristin Hanggi and choreographed by Chase Brock (Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, Picnic).

Closing out the season will be A Connecticut Christmas Carol, a new adaptation of the Dickens holiday classic, which will run November 17–December 24, directed by Tony-nominated actor Hunter Foster (Little Shop of Horrors, Million Dollar Quartet, Bridges of Madison County). The limited engagement will be choreographed by Lisa Shriver, whose Broadway credits include the 2012 Broadway revival of Jesus Christ Superstar, directed by Des McAnuff; Ring of Fire; The Story of My Life; and The Farnsworth Invention by Aaron Sorkin.

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