EAST HADDAM, Conn. — Composer/lyricist/author William Finn, best known for the Tony Award-winning musical “Falsettos,” has begun a two-year residency at the Goodspeed Opera House during which he’ll develop a new musical with the working title “Hitchhiking Across America.”
A National Theater Artists Residency Program grant to the Goodspeed from Theater Communications Group and the Pew Charitable Trusts has made the August 1998-August 2000 residency possible. During it, the Goodspeed will provide Finn with the necessary resources needed for the development of a new musical, including assistance from members of its resident staff and the use of its Library of Musical Theater.
The National Theater Artists Residency Program was developed by the Pew Charitable Trusts and TCG with major funding from the trusts to foster artistic partnerships between individual theater artists and theater institutions. While in residence in East Haddam, Finn will not only work on “Hitchhiking Across America” but will also participate in the artistic life of Goodspeed by observing rehearsals and interacting with writers and creative staffs as their musical productions are developed at the Good-speed’s two theaters, the Goodspeed Opera House itself and its second stage, Goodspeed-at-Chester/Norma Terris Theater. He will also participate in Goodspeed’s educational outreach program.
Since it was founded in 1984, the Goodspeed’s second stage has been devoted to nurturing the development of new musicals, encouraging emerging artists and building new audiences for the musical theater.