The Goodbye Girl is a musical with a book by Neil Simon, lyrics by David Zippel, and music by Marvin Hamlisch, based on Simon’s original screenplay for the 1977 film of the same name.
The musical, directed by Michael Kidd and choreographed by Graciela Daniele, opened on Broadway at the Marquis Theatre on March 4, 1993 and closed on August 15, 1993 after 188 performances and 23 previews. The opening cast included Bernadette Peters as Paula McFadden and Martin Short as Elliot Garfield, with Carol Woods as Mrs. Crosby and Tammy Minoff as Lucy.This musical marked Martin Short’s Broadway debut.
The musical, based on the beloved Academy Award-winning “THE GOODBYE GIRL” (1977) generated five 1993 Tony Nominations including Best Musical.
LONDON PRODUCTION: After several previews, a revised version (with new lyrics by Don Black) opened on April 17, 1997 at the Albery Theatre in the West End, and closed on June 28, 1997. It starred Gary Wilmot and Ann Crumb.
VIDEO: Bernadette Peters & Martin Short at The Tony Awards, introduced by Liza Minnelli:
Egotistical actor Elliot Garfield sublets a friend’s Manhattan apartment only to discover it is still occupied by his friend’s ex-girlfriend Paula, a former dancer, and her precocious pre-teen daughter Lucy. Initially suspicious and antagonistic, Elliot and Paula arrive at an uneasy truce. Paula, fed up with being hurt by boyfriend-actors, rashly vows never to become involved again, while Elliot sets down the rules for the living arrangements. Paula decides to return to work as a dancer, but during dance class finds it difficult.
Listen to Bernadette Peters singing “No More” from “The Goodbye Girl”
While attempting to cohabit as peacefully as possible, despite their differences of opinion and temperament, Elliot and Paula find themselves attracted to each other. Although Elliot finds a job out-of-town, Paula realizes that this is the true love she has been seeking, and they reach a happy ending.