Submitted by Carol Giroux, Goodspeed Musicals
(March 22, 2023) — Two-time Tony Award-winning Goodspeed Musicals announces its first season of new musicals since 2019 at The Terris Theatre in Chester. Opened in 1984 for the development of new musicals, Goodspeed’s Terris Theatre will welcome back audiences this year with a musical celebration of the wit and humor of Dolly Parton, followed by an exciting and innovative musical inspired by the true story of a deaf Welsh sniper in World War I.The season will open with Here You Come Again, a rollicking and touching new musical that brings Dolly Parton together with a diehard fan going through a trying time. With her wit, humor and trademark charm, Dolly teaches him a whole lot about life, love and how to pull yourself up by your bootstraps… even if your bootstraps don’t have rhinestones! Packed with hits like “Jolene,” “9 to 5,” “Islands in the Stream” and more, this is one musical that is sure to make you smile! Here You Come Again is written by Emmy-Award winner Bruce Vilanch (The Terris: A Sign Of the Times, Broadway: Hairspray) who was also a Hollywood Square for six years; Gabriel Barre (Goodspeed: Billy Elliot, Sweeney Todd, Finian’s Rainbow; The Terris: A Sign of the Times, Amazing Grace; Broadway: Amazing Grace); and Tricia Paoluccio (The Terris: Camille Claudel; Broadway: Fiddler on the Roof, The Green Bird, A View from the Bridge) featuring songs written or recorded by Dolly Parton (And Others). Best known for creating original musicals, Barre will also direct and choreograph Here You Come Again, which will run July 26 – August 27, 2023. Next will be Private Jones, running from October 13 – November 5, 2023. Private Jones is inspired by the true story of a deaf solider in World War I who displays remarkable skill as a sniper while hiding his profound hearing loss. Driven by an ensemble of deaf, hearing and hard-of-hearing actors and a dynamic Celtic score, witness how one man’s journey through war becomes all the more treacherous because he―and we―can’t hear what’s coming next. Private Jones is written and will be directed by Marshall Pailet (Off-Broadway: Regina Comet, Who’s Your Baghdaddy, Triassic Parq). Music direction will be by Madeline Benson(Broadway: Waitress, Six). Choreography will be by Misha Shields(Off-Broadway: Baghdaddy, Wonderland, Who’s Your Baghdaddy). Director of Artistic Sign Language for the production will be Alexandria Wailes (Broadway: For Colored Girls…, Spring Awakening, Big River). Goodspeed has supported the development of Private Jones since its inception and as it has moved through Goodspeed’s new musical pipeline. It was conceived at the Johnny Mercer Foundation Writers Grove on the Goodspeed campus, presented in Goodspeed’s 2020 Festival of New Musicals, continued developing through creative workshops, and now it will make its debut at The Terris Theatre. For more than 30 years, The Terris Theatre has been Goodspeed’s home for developing fresh, innovative and originalnew musicals. Many new and reimagined musicals have been developed in Chester before moving on to Broadway, Off-Broadway, National Tours and other Regional Theatres. Because this is a developmental theatre, the show can change on a day-to-day basis. New scenes are added, songs are moved, costumes are changed, dialogue is tweaked ― all based on audience response and feedback. Season tickets for both shows at The Terris Theatre are available now and start at $90. Single tickets will go on sale April 5, 2023. Goodspeed Memberships for 2023 provide many benefits to donors at both The Terris Theatre and at The Goodspeed. For more information, call the Goodspeed Box Office (860-873-8668), open weekdays at 10:00 a.m., or visit goodspeed.org.