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East Haddam, CT: “Summer Stock” directed and choreographed by Donna Feore runs July 7-August 27

Friday, May 5, 2023

Corbin Bleu and Danielle Wade Will Lead Cast of Goodspeed's Summer Stock Musical

Donna Feore will direct and choreograph the world premiere musical based on the Judy Garland-Gene Kelly film.

American Corbin Bleu (High School Musical; Kiss Me, Kate) and Canadian Danielle Wade (Mean Girls, Wizard of Oz) will head the cast of Goodspeed Musicals' upcoming world premiere of Summer Stock, adapted from the 1950 MGM/Warner Bros. film.

Canadian Donna Feore will direct and choreograph the production, which will play the East Haddam, Connecticut, venue July 7–August 27. Long associated with Stratford Festival Feore directed The Music Man and The Rocky Horror Show there in 2018, as well as Billy Elliot and Little Shop of Horrors in 2019 and Chicago in 2022

Bleu will play the role of Joe Ross with Wade as Jane Falbury; additional casting will be announced.

Inspired by the classic Judy Garland-Gene Kelly movie, Summer Stock features a book by Cheri Steinkellner with hits from the American Songbook. The new musical follows the theatrical Gloria, who invites fellow troupers to the family farm with the idea of putting on a show. Her practical sister Jane eventually relents because the farm needs work—and workers.

The production will also have music direction by Adam Souza and music supervision, arrangements, and orchestrations by Tony winner Doug Besterman. Bradley G. Spachman will be the production stage manager. Casting is by Tara Rubin Casting's Peter Van Dam.

Summer Stock is produced by special arrangement with VenuWorks Theatricals. Carolyn Rossi Copeland is the executive producer.


Edited from Andrew Gans for

Photo: Poster for Summer Stock. © 1950 MGM/Warner Bros.