“Happy Days” – Extended to July 4

By Marlene S. Gaylinn

This joyful musical is a revival of the 50’stelevision series that starred a very young Henry Winkler. Like “Grease,” the show relives a happier time period when all teens had to worry about were fixing cars, poodle skirts and keeping up with the soda fountain crowd.

Youwill enjoy Joey Sorge who replicates Winkler’s portrayal of the very cool “Fonzie” and was nominated for this years Connecticut Critics Circle award for “Best Actor in a Musical.” In addition, Sandra DeNise who plays Fonzie’s very sexy girlfriend, Pinky Tuscadero, was nominated for “Best Actress in a Musical.” Michele Lynch was the winner of “Best Choreography Award” for the lively dancing.

Our advice is to grab your family and hurry down to catch the show before it leaves the stage.

Next at Goodspeed: “Half a Sixpence” – (July 11 – September 19)

Suitable for all ages.

Based on the novel “Kipps” by H.G.Wells, this musical promises to be “lively,” “bouncy,” and “romantic.” It is about a Cockney shop clerk who inherits a fortune, takes a fling at entering high society, and eventually finds that money isn’t everything in life.

Hints: As long as you filled your tank with gas, it’s worth packing a picnic and starting-out earlier in order to fully enjoy this lovely scenic area. There are several nearby points of interest to suit your family’s inclinations and still be in time for the show.

The orchestra floor at Goodspeed is flat therefore side aisles and the center balcony are best areas for children. Ask for free booster cushions or bring your own.

The theatre has its own free parking lot – follow the signs.

Inquire about special “Kids Nights” Aug. 27, 28, 29 ($10 per child age 5-18 with regular price ticket), “Student Rush,” and “25 and under” tickets. Tickets: $26 - $54.

Note: This is a portion of "Summer Theatre Highlights for Families" published by "County Kids Magazine." Marlene Gaylinn's reviews and previews are included in her column.

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