We’re so proud of the stellar roster of concerts and performances we’re able to offer this summer. For each of them we wanted to give a little background info – why we chose this piece, why the artists created it, and a piece of information or fun fact it might be handy to know. Enjoy them, and enjoy the show!
A Word From Goodspeed: A few years ago, our paths crossed with a fiddle-playing supernova named Douglas Waterbury-Tieman. He was writing a show based on the old myth of the devil challenging a young musician, and we knew we wanted to be a part of it. Douglas developed it at our Johnny Mercer Writers Grove and in a residency at our Festival of New Musicals, and every time we saw more of it we knew that JOHNNY AND THE DEVIL’S BOX was something special. It takes as its foundation the kind of folktales and musical styles that have been passed down from generation to generation, crossing seas and climbing mountains as they become part of a distinctly American story. But Douglas weaves them into something vibrant and new. We’re so happy to share some of this exciting show, performed by this extraordinary collection of artists, with our audiences. And if you want to see more of the show someday, well, keep an eye out!
A Word From Douglas: If the last year and a half has taught us anything it’s that our greatest gift is human connection. We believe that nothing can fortify those bonds as strongly as singing and dancing together, just as Johnny discovers in our show. We are so honored to share the music of JOHNNY & the DEVIL’S BOX with our Goodspeed friends all the way from Nashville, and we hope you will sing and clap along with us!
A Fun Fact: Douglas wrote most of these songs on his fiddle, which was passed down to him from his great-grandfather Chauncey out of Averill Park, NY. The fiddle is now named Chauncey in his honor.