For Tonight, a new original musical, by creators Shenelle Williams, Spencer Williams and Whitney Rhodes, will be produced as a staged reading at Goodspeed Opera Houses' Festival of New Musicals, January 16-18, 2015 in East Haddam, CT. For Tonight will be presented on Sunday, January 18 at 1:00pm rounding out this year’s 10th annual festival weekend.

Hundreds of musical theatre lovers will gather on the Goodspeed campus for staged readings of brand new works as the brightest new writers and performers collaborate to create the future of America’s greatest art form.


The weekend includes staged readings of three new musicals performed by students from The Hartt School and Boston Conservatory, cabarets featuring music of the composing teams and seminars on a variety of industry topics. 

For Tonight's story is inspired by the life of the writer’s great-great-great-grandfather in the 1830's in Northern Wales/Liverpool. When their parents die of a mysterious illness in their small Welsh village, surviving siblings Thomas, Haydon and Nettie are forced to fend for themselves. Inspired by the gypsies who once shared their home, Haydon heads off to Liverpool, guitar in hand, to find what he’s been missing. There he meets Mirela who speaks to his wandering soul. Through a riveting indie-rock/folk score, For Tonight explores the indelible power of home.  

For Tonight made its professional debut in the 2014 New York Musical Theatre Festival as a developmental reading and was the first reading in the history of the festival to be extended, adding a fourth performance of a concert version of the show. Director Joe Barros (Artistic Director of New York Theatre Barn) and Musical Director Drew Wutke, who lead the show through NYMF, will rejoin the team for its run at Goodspeed. 

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to be together again. I live in Minneapolis and Spencer and Shenelle live in California, so writing this musical cross-country has posed its own unique challenges for us,” said Rhodes. “Being able to work in the same room with each other for two weeks and having such renowned artistic support from Goodspeed is absolutely thrilling as the next step in the journey of For Tonight."

The Festival will also feature staged readings of Outlaws (music and lyrics by Alexander Sage Oyen, book by James Presson) and The Noteworthy Life of Howard Barnes (book and lyrics by Christopher Dimond and music by Michael Kooman). 

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Performance Date: January 18, 2015 at 1:00pm

Single Tickets $20 |  Student Tickets $10

Call the box office to purchase a festival package: 860.873.8668