Ruggiero, Racey, Hickey, Tresnjak Will Shape Goodspeed's 2010 Season

News   Ruggiero, Racey, Hickey, Tresnjak Will Shape Goodspeed's 2010 Season
Goodspeed Musicals announced details about its 2010 Goodspeed Opera House season, the titles of which leaked out last year. The mainstage of the Tony Award-winning operation will feature Annie Get Your Gun, Carnival! and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.

Directors and choreographers for two of the shows were revealed.

The 47th season will open with Irving Berlin's Annie Get Your Gun, as revised by Peter Stone for the most recent Broadway revival, which starred Bernadette Peters. The Goodspeed staging will play April 16-June 27, with Rob Ruggiero (Ella and Looped) directing and Goodspeed favorite Noah Racey (Broadway's Never Gonna Dance and Curtains) choreographing. Ruggiero directed Goodspeed's 1776, Big River and Camelot.

Herbert and Dorothy Fields wrote the libretto, based on the story of sharpshooter Annie Oakley. Stone revised the script in order to smooth out the dated, rough edges. The score includes "There's No Business Like Show Business," "I Got the Sun in the Morning," "Anything You Can Do" and more.

Carnival!, by composer-lyricist Bob Merrill and librettist Michael Stewart (with revision by Francine Pascal), features the song "Love Makes the World Go 'Round," and will run July 9–Sept. 18.

Based on the film "Lili," it concerns a young girl who is attracted to the glitter and light (and darkness) of showfolk in a traveling circus. Carnival! will be directed by Darko Tresnjak, who directed Goodspeed Musicals' Amour and A Little Night Music. Peggy Hickey will choreograph.

A director and choreographer for the revival of the Tony-winning, Pulitzer Prize-honored How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (Sept. 24–Nov. 28) has not been named. The satire of corporate climbers and conformity has music and lyrics by Frank Loesser and book by Abe Burrows, Jack Weinstock and Willie Gilbert, based on Sheperd Mead's 1952 book of the same name.

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"Dedicated to the preservation and advancement of musical theatre," Goodspeed Musicals produces three musicals each season at the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, CT, and additional productions at The Norma Terris Theatre in Chester, CT, which was opened in 1984 for the development of new musicals. The only regional theatre to receive two Tony Awards (for outstanding achievement), Goodspeed also maintains The Scherer Library of Musical Theatre and The Max Showalter Center for Education in the Musical Theater.

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