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GOODSPEED OPERA HOUSE // Connecticut's Cultural Treasures

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Published on Feb 12, 2013

The Goodspeed Opera House was built in 1876 by William Goodspeed for his shipping and banking business and to provide a venue for his love of theatre. The opera house opened on October 24, 1877, with the comedy Charles II and the farces Box And Cox and Turn Him Out. After Goodspeed's death, the opera house went from serving as a militia base during World War I to a general store to a storage depot for the State of Connecticut Highway Department. In 1959, Goodspeed Musicals restored the building, and the Goodspeed Opera House was rededicated on June 18, 1963, with the opening of the musical Oh, Lady! Lady!.

Connecticut's Cultural Treasures is a new series of 50 five-minute vignettes that profiles a variety of the state's most notable cultural resources.

Goodspeed Musicals http://www.goodspeed.org/

Connecticut Office of Tourism http://ctvisit.com/
CPTV http://www.cpbn.org/program/connectic...

© 2013 Connecticut Public Broadcasting, Inc.

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