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“Always Delightful”

Goodspeed Opera House
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Owner description: GOODSPEED MUSICALS' Birthplace of the original productions of Man of La Mancha, Shenandoah, and Annie, and the first regional theatre to receive two Special Tony Awards for its outstanding achievements, Goodspeed Musicals produces America's musical treasures to delight, inspire, and entertain you. Set along the tranquil Connecticut River, our two intimate theatres bring you closer to the excitement of live musicals. The beautiful surrounding countryside is brimming with restaurants, shops, and galleries for a get-away so perfect, you'll want to make it a Goodspeed day!
Reviewed 18 November 2013

This was our second trip to Goodspeed, and I now wonder what took us so long to visit in the first place!

The show we saw was "Most Happy Fella", and everything including set design, lighting, sound, costuming, was about as perfect as it can get for a venue of this size (small). Additionally, and most important, the acting and singing were truly first rate, Broadway worthy performances.

My only small quibbles (and the reason for four-stars instead of five):

1) The theater is woefully low on restrooms. The ladies room has only a few stalls, and it is in a difficult location to reach; as in, second level, stairs involved, and only one tiny, slow elevator that holds about six people.

2) Seating, while not uncomfortable, exactly, is well, low. As in, the chairs seem "sunken" so you must turn your head and eyes upward during the performance.

3) Exits seem inadequate for the size crowds who attend. God forbid there was ever a fire--the aisles become clogged quickly, and I can't imagine making a quick exit even if your life depended on it.

None of the above is meant to be negative, it is just observations about a building that is old, and historic.

Still, the visit itself, and the play(s) we saw, were delightful both times we visited, and we plan to go again next season, which opens April 11, 2014.

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Reviewed 14 November 2013

We have been enjoying Goodspeed for more than thirty years. Having seen a number of Broadway and some London shows, there is still something special about Goodspeed-its the AAA league team that frequently sends stars and new musicals to the Big White Way. Even when a revival is not destined for that honor, it cherishes and restores examples of one of our greatest art forms. We have never seen a bad show at Goodspeed-and many create lifetime memories.

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Reviewed 9 November 2013

The shows at this place are always to die for! The acting and singing is phenomenal and when it finally ends you only wish you could buy another set of tickets to see it all again! The location is so convenient because once the show is over you can choose between two delicious restaurants that provide the best service and the best food. It's the perfect place for a romantic date or a wonderful get together with family/friends.

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Reviewed 5 November 2013

Love the Goodspeed Opera House! We saw "The Most Happy Fella" this weekend and it was fantastic with wonderful voices and beautiful sets. The only downside is the lack of pitch in the theatre, which makes some sight lines really poor. I did get a cushion from the back this time which brought the "short me" up about 1-2"--so seeing was easier. We always look to see what is being produced when we come up this way and we are never disappointed!

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Reviewed 24 October 2013

Love the Goodspeed Opera House and also the Gelston House Restaurant next door. Saw "The Most Happy Fella" today and it was outstanding. One of the songs brought me to tears. If you are in the area - don't miss if you can get tickets. Ends in early December.

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