Goodspeed’s ‘South Pacific’ postponed until 2021

Goodspeed Musicals has made changes to its performance schedule in response to the coronavirus pandemic, and has decided to postpone performances of “South Pacific” until 2021.

EAST HADDAM — Goodspeed Musicals Executive Director Michael Gennaro recently announced additional changes to the programming and operations at the historic theater.

“As we look to the future and the realities of reopening our theatre, nothing is more important than the safety and well-being of our cherished members, staff, artists and ticket buyers. With this in mind, we have decided to postpone “South Pacific” to 2021.

“This decision was reached after weeks of exploring, creating and revising best practice protocols to bring the audience safely back into the theatre. And in the end, as much as we want to begin presenting musicals in our theatre again this fall, we realized that we could not overcome the obstacles under the evolving State guidelines to bring an audience safely into the Opera House.”

“We love creating and presenting musicals. Cancelling our entire 2020 season has affected every staff member through layoffs, furloughs and reduced pay and caused severe financial hardship for the institution,” Gennaro said. “However, we realize that today’s pain and sacrifice will allow us to come back in the Spring of 2021 stronger than ever.”

Those who have tickets for South Pacific will be contacted directly by email and are asked not to call the box office because of very limited staffing. Patrons interested in helping are encouraged to donate their unused tickets for all cancelled performances as tax-deductible gifts to support the severely impacted theatre. All requests including ticket donation, credits that may be used anytime in 2021 or refunds, will be handled as promptly as possible. Due to closures and reduced hours, Goodspeed asks that ticket holders please be patient as the box office staff works tirelessly to address each individual request.

Gennaro expressed gratitude for the generous support from the Goodspeed members, patrons and the theater community. “Thanks to their help and support, Goodspeed will survive this pandemic. All of us look forward to the day when we can return to our beloved Opera House and enjoy musical theatre at its finest.”

Connecticut Media Group