Nothing says musicals like Goodspeed and nothing says summer like an outdoor concert.  Goodspeed put the two together to create “Goodspeed by the River” – an outdoor concert event you won’t want to miss.  The concerts will be held on the Goodspeed lawn overlooking the scenic Connecticut River and feature songs, stories, and plenty of live music from some of our favorite performers.  Pack your picnic basket and lawn chairs and bring the family for a safe, fun, and enjoyable Goodspeed evening.

Beginning August 20 through September 6, concerts will be held Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings. All performances will be at 6:00pm and are weather permitting.  

All tickets are $25. Tickets are on sale now to all Goodspeed Members and will go on sale to the public beginning August 11, 2020. Tickets are only available by calling the Box Office at 860-873-8668.  The Box Office is open Monday – Thursday from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm.

First Goodspeed by the River Concert, featuring The Playbillies

August 20th – September 6th

Theatre: The Goodspeed Lawn, 6 Main Street, East Haddam, CT
Run Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes (no intermission)

The Playbillies and their boot-stompin’ bluegrass arrangements of your favorite Broadway show tunes. From Hamilton to Hello, Dolly! – these guys have covered them all! And what could be better than relaxing alongside the Connecticut River on a summer evening as you listen to the sweet sonic stylings of a fiddle, banjo, guitar, and bass? 

The concert event will feature the boisterous, Broadway-inspired bluegrass quartet The Playbillies with Andrew CroweMatt Cusack,Mike Rosengarten and Sam Sherwood. Motivated by their love of bluegrass music and Broadway classics, the group set out to “bluegrassify” every show tune they could – the result is a boot-stompin’, smile-inducing, gotta sing-along good time!

“We are proud to be performing at Goodspeed,” the group shared, “especially because our very first Bluegrass cover featured a tune that was born onstage in East Haddam.“ They continued, “It’s a tune that bears a lot of weight during these times of quarantine and social distancing and it’s an adage we firmly believe in, ‘The sun will come out Tomorrow!’”

Message from Goodspeed’s Executive Director Michael Gennaro

Since we are not able to produce great musicals in our theaters this year, we are pleased to offer something special during this time – Goodspeed by the River. We are thrilled to welcome our Members and audience back to the Goodspeed campus for a joy-filled night of entertainment and fun. Goodspeed by the River concerts may be a new experience for our audiences but the quality of the musical performers on stage combined with the work of our dedicated staff in this glorious setting will be equal to the great performances Goodspeed has been known for.


The dinner package includes a 2-course dinner and ticket to the concert. Parties will enjoy the concert while seated at tables on the lawn at the Gelston House, overlooking the concert area for dinner and the duration of the show. Parties will be seated at tables of up to four people and must be purchased at the same time, through the Goodspeed box office. VIEW MENU

Please note that the package price includes dinner, tax, and a ticket to the concert. It does not include beverages or gratuity. Also, please note that there may be other diners in the same area who are not attending the concert; they will not have a full view of the stage. MORE INFORMATION

Goodspeed follows state and CDC guidelines for safety

Please note, face masks are required at all times, except when seated in your Designated Seating Area. Hand sanitizer will be available at the entrances and at portable restrooms.  All guests are asked to maintain a 6-foot distance from other guests and Goodspeed staff at all times while attending the event.  A complete list of audience guidelines, seating plan, and event information can be found at 

Designated Seating Areas

Concerts on the Goodspeed lawn will have designated seating areas. Each seating area has space for up to six people (from the same party) and will be a minimum of 15 feet from other designated seating areas as required by Connecticut Reopen guidelines. MORE INFORMATION