Yesterday was one of those magical days that will sing in my mind forever. At the suggestion of Alice Hammerstein Mathias, I attended Rob Ruggiero’s production of the 1945 Rodgers and Hammerstein classic, Carousel, at the Goodspeed in East Haddam, CT. The ticket was a birthday gift from my dear husband. I’ve been in Connecticut while attending a conference and had a free day to see the show. Carousel was voted the best musical of the 20th Century by Time Magazine. That’s quite an honor!
Please join me here at the theater which is located on the peaceful Connecticut River. http://goodspeed.org/If you’re able, give yourself a gift in the form of show tickets and make the trip. It will be worth it. Ruggiero and choreographer Parker Esse have lovingly brought the story to life. The musical seemed so real – it pulled us into that little Maine coastal community where we became one with the characters. Each personal performance was heartfelt and authentic. The shear beauty of the singing and dancing and the privilege of witnessing humanity at its highest expression of artistry brought many to tears. I wept throughout the entire production – couldn’t help it. The experience touched my heart.
Following the show, I had the opportunity to met Dan McMahon, Director of Marketing and Public Relations at the Goodspeed, and Line Producer, Donna Lynn Cooper Hilton. Very genuine and cordial, they were obviously proud of this production which had opened on July 13th. The program notes stated that Goodspeed has exported 19 shows to Broadway including Annie, Man of La Mancha, and Shenandoah. It has also earned two special Tony Awards for outstanding contributions to the American musical (1980) and for distinguished achievement for a regional theatre (1995). I have promised myself a yearly pilgrimage to the Goodspeed.
Henry David Thoreau wrote, “To affect the quality of the day, that is the highest of arts.” Oh, it was a beautiful day. And for your enjoyment…http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&NR=1&v=8lYcaQnALYc