Producer gives co. the cold shoulder

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — After more than 45 tuners, Sue Frost, associate producer for Goodspeed Musicals, is calling it quits. She’ll be leaving in June after 20 years at the Connecticut theater known for its musical revivals as well as new shows.

Frost, 49, said she’s leaving for family as well as professional reasons. She will continue to oversee the theater’s first two shows of the 2005 season: the revival of “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” at the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, Conn., and the workshop of the musical “The Flight of the Lawnchair Man” at its smaller Norma Terris Theater in Chester.

Frost and the theater’s executive director, Michael Price, said the resignation is amicable, and Frost added she has been thinking of leaving “for some time.”

She said her departure is not a reflection of any conflicts with the theater but rather her desire to explore other professional opportunities, especially those that involve new works and artists.

She has no immediate plans other than overseeing the two Goodspeed shows.

Before joining Goodspeed, Frost worked as a company manager on several Broadway shows and tours including “A Chorus Line,” “Dancin’ ” and “The Rink.” She is president of the board of the National Alliance for Musical Theater, a service org repping 136 theaters in 32 states and six countries.

Goodspeed Musicals is developing a plan — and a campaign — for a new $40 million theater. A previous proposal to have the facility in nearby college burg Middletown has since been replaced with the likelihood of having the theater located in East Haddam, across the street from the current Opera House.

Goodspeed Musicals also is launching its first self-produced national tour with a revival of Bay Street Theater’s 2003 production of “The Boy Friend,” directed by Julie Andrews. The show will hit the road following a 10-week summer run in East Haddam.

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