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Chester theater to present workshops of 'Shook Up', 'Princesses'

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — For the first time in 20 years, Goodspeed Musicals is nixing its summer show at its smaller stage, the Norma Terris Theater in Chester, Conn.

The Chester theater now will present only the workshops of “All Shook Up” (May 13-June 6), based on the songs made famous by Elvis Presley, and “Princesses” (Nov. 4-28), a contemporary adaptation of “A Little Princess,” by David Zippel.

Goodspeed exec director Michael Price said, “When it came time to make a decision for the summer show, we had nothing that was ready to go into production.”

Shows in which the theater was interested were not available for the time period, Price said.

Attempts to book William Finn’s new musical, “The 25th Annual Putnam Country Spelling Bee,” after its world preem at Barrington Stage Co. in Massachusetts in July could not be worked out.

Although the theater will benefit financially from the reduced season, that was not a factor in the decision, Price said.

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