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“Fiddler On The Roof” At The Goodspeed

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It was a family affair Friday night at the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam as Stephen and Abbey Kreinik of Hartford watched their daughter, Barrie, make her Goodspeed debut as Tzeitel in “Fiddler On The Roof.”Goodspeed 2014 021

“She has know since she was a young child that this was what she wanted to do with her life,” said Abbey Kreinik. “’Fiddler on the Roof’ was the first Broadway show we took her to see when she was five years old.”

Barrie holds an MFA in Acting from Brown/Trinity Rep and a BA in Theatre and English from Cornell University.

“This is a dream come true, she grew up going to [The Goodspeed],” said Abbey.

ChoreographerEsseAlso at the show Friday night, choreographer Parker Esse, wife Maria and their 15 year old son Jaden; Henry M. Zachs; and Jef Wolter, Goodspeed board president, and wife Kate of East Haddam.

Goodspeed 2014 011“It’s our third collaboration,” said Esse, of working with director Rob Ruggiero. “We did ‘Carousel’ together two seasons ago and this past season we did ‘The Most Happy Fella.’…We enjoy working together.”

Java wanted to know, besides “Fiddler,” if Barrie has a dream production she’d like to act in.

“My Fair Lady,” she said, without skipping a beat.

Goodspeed 2014 017“Fiddler” opened in previews Friday, June 27, and runs through Sept. 12.

Goodspeed Razzles And Dazzles with Sheldon Harnick

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goodspeedr5Grammy, Tony and Pulitzer Prize winner Sheldon Harnick will be forever grateful to the Goodspeed for several reasons.

And one of them is rebuilding his friendship with composer and his well-known late collaborator, Jerry Bock.

“We had had a falling out and ended up working together again on a production that played at the Goodspeed and it brought back the friendship,” said the much younger than 90-year-old looking Harnick. Harnick was in Connecticut Friday to receive the Goodspeed Award for Outstanding Contribution to Musical Theatre at its Razzle Dazzle Gala at the Madison Beach Club. “The Goodspeed has a lot of wonderful memories for me.”

goodspeedr4“Fiddler on the Roof,” one of a host Harnick/Bock musical collaborations that also included “Fiorello!,” “The Body Beautiful” and “She Loves Me,” will celebrate its 50th anniversary as the featured summer production at the Goodspeed this month.

“We worried when we worked on that musical,” admitted Harnick, about the iconic play about a traditional Jewish family in the midst of cultural change. “We worried because it was about a Jewish family so as we developed it we tried to put the emphasis on universal values like love, family and freedom. I think we did a good job.”

The evening was particularly celebratory for a lot of reasongoodspeedr3 besides Harnick’s appearance. Also attending the gala were actor Tony Roberts, who presented the award to Harnick, and actor Adam Heller, who will play the role of Tevye in the Goodspeed production of “Fiddler.”

It was also a night a new branding for the gala that benefits the Goodspeed’s education program.

goodspeedr2Like other major galas, the annual soiree will now always be known each year as “Razzle Dazzle.”

“We wanted it to have an identity and we want to move it around, not just hold it in Middlesex country,” said trustee and gala chair Marcia Kalayjian.

For retiring executive director Michael Price, Friday’s gala marked his last as the longtime head of the theater.

“I’ll still be coming to this even after I leave,” he said. “It’s sad to be stepping down,” he grinned. “But I don’t like to talk about it.”