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    Sunday, December 04, 2022

    A new musical version of 'Anne of Green Gables' premieres at Goodspeed

    Juliette Redden, right, as Anne Shirley, and Pierre Marais, as Gilbert Blythe, rehearse for the Goodspeed Musicals production of "Anne of Green Gables." (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
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    It’s had to wait out the pandemic, but a new musical adaptation of the classic children’s novel “Anne of Green Gables” will finally be making its world premiere at The Goodspeed.

    The show was originally scheduled for the 2020 season. It now opens on Friday.

    This production gives a fresh spin to the story of the smart, spirited Anne. Adult siblings had wanted to adopt a boy from an orphanage to help them on their farm, but the orphanage sends Anne instead. The youngster tries to settle into her new home and town, where she develops friendships and faces rivalries.

    The original “Anne of Green Gables” book by Lucy Maud Montgomery was published in 1908.

    This “Anne of Green Gables” musical boasts book and lyrics by Matte O’Brien and the folk-rock music by Matt Vinson. Jenn Thompson, who also helmed “The Music Man” and “Oklahoma!” at Goodspeed, directs.

    “Anne of Green Gables,” The Goodspeed, 6 Main St., East Haddam; opens Fri. and runs through Sept. 24; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Wed., 7:30 p.m. Thurs., 8 p.m. Fri., 3 and 8 p.m. Sat.; also 6:30 on select Sundays and 2 p.m. on select Thursdays; $30-$76; (860) 873-8668, goodspeed.org.

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