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    Updated May 28, 2008

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Michael Price Honored by AEA, Goodspeed Musicals

Jo-Ann Price, AEA 2nd VP Jean-Paul Richard, Senior Business Representative Zalina Hoosein, Michael Price.
Photo by Sobolewski

On May 10, 2008, the Board of Trustees of Goodspeed Musicals hosted 40 Years of Michael P. Price, a gala event celebrating Mr. Price's unprecedented achievement as the longest tenured Executive Director in American theatre. Equity Senior Business Representative Zalina Hoosein and Second Vice President Jean-Paul Richard represented Equity at the event. Mr. Price received the Goodspeed Award for Outstanding Contribution to Musical Theatre for his service and his contribution to the cultural landscape of Connecticut. He was also presented with an Honorary Life Membership in Equity.

"In the past 40 years, Michael Price and Goodspeed Musicals have provided Equity members with over 40,000 workweeks under the LORT contract," said Mr. Richard. "It was a delight to present him with the Equity Honorary Life Membership."

When asked how he feels about his first 40 years at Goodspeed, Mr. Price said, "I love this place and the people who have taken the journey with me. There was a time when I thought I was the only one, I did it all. What has been energizing is realizing I was only part of the whole picture. All of these people around me, the staff of the theatre, are the ones who keep me focused. That's the greatest part. As I walk around the campus I am pleased to see such growth and vitality in this organization. I know we are on the right track."

Dedicated to the preservation and advancement of musical theatre, Goodspeed Musicals produces three musicals each season at the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, CT, and additional musicals at The Norma Terris Theatre in Chester, CT, which was opened in 1984 for the development of new musicals. Goodspeed is the only regional theatre to receive two Tony Awards for outstanding achievement.

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