Goodspeed Musicals Won't Have a Summer Show at Norma Terris

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A dearth of production-ready shows is one of the reasons Goodspeed Musicals in Connecticut won't be presenting a summer show in its Norma Terris Theatre season this year.

Goodspeed usually produces three in-development shows a year in its second space, in Chester, CT, and doesn't invite critics because the shows are still being worked on (though they are fully produced).

A spokesman for the company said there was a hope that William Finn's new musical, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (also created by playwright Rachel Sheinkin and conceiver Rebecca Feldman), might be produced there after a run at Barrington Stage Company in Massachusetts, but a Connecticut stay didn't transpire.

Other shows for the space were considered, but schedule conflicts prevented them from surfacing in the specific August slot at the Norma Terris.

The loss of a show wasn't a conscious cost-cutting move by the not-for-profit, according to Dan McMahon, director marketing and public relations for Goodspeed.

Subscribers to the Terris season are being offered refunds or extra tickets to other Terris shows (All Shook Up this spring or Princesses this fall) or the 2004 Goodspeed Opera House shows (Where's Charley? this summer or the current Call Me Madam or Mack and Mabel this fall). For more information, Visit

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