RECENT EVENT: London, UK — Szpiezak Productions presented “The Goodbye Girl” during the month of February 2015 at UPSTAIRS AT THE GATEHOUSE. Thank you to the venue, the cast and crew and the production team! Team Marvin Hamlisch.
For the first time in 18 years, Neil Simon’s The Goodbye Girl was re-introduced to the UK in a brand new production directed by Adam Lenson (Associate director on the Olivier Award winning production of Merrily We Roll Along), with musical direction by Richard Bates (Broadway World Award nominee for Pacific Overtures) and produced by Ilai Szpiezak for Szpiezak Productions.
RECENT EVENT: Venue: UPSTAIRS AT THE GATEHOUSE
Highgate Village London N6 4BD
The Goodbye Girl:
Book by Neil Simon, Music by Marvin Hamlisch (A Chorus Line), Lyrics by David Zippel (City of Angels). Directed by Adam Lenson
This was the first London Revival of the musical “The Goodbye Girl”
The Goodbye Girl is a wry, warm-hearted musical comedy based on Neil Simon’s Academy Award and Golden Globe award winning film, with score by multi-award winning composer Marvin Hamlisch (A Chorus Line) and lyrics by David Zippel (City of Angels, Disney’s Hercules & Mulan). It features the same unique humour that has made Simon the most popular playwright in Broadway History, fused with a vibrant, cinematic score that stands among Hamlisch’s strongest work.
LISTEN: Marvin Hamlisch’s Overture to the musical “The Goodbye Girl”
The Goodbye Girl tells the story of Paula, an unemployed dancer who is reluctantly forced to co-habit in the same apartment with Elliot, a struggling Off-Broadway actor. Despite their differences, the pair – along with Paula’s precocious young daughter, Lucy – find a way to live together, and eventually, they fall in love. The original Broadway production was nominated for 5 Tony and 3 Drama Desk Awards and starred Bernadette Peters and Martin Short. This is the first London revival since 1997 and looks to reinvent this timeless classic for a new generation while keeping alive the very best of Simon, Hamlisch and Zippel’s musical theatre legacy.
Rebecca Bainbridge (Mamma Mia!, Cabaret) will star as Paula and Paul Keating (The Wizard of Oz, Tick Tick Boom, Little Shop of Horrors) will star as Elliot. The role of Lucy will be shared by Shannon Beach and Olivia Hallett (Hairspray, Dear Edwina, The Secret Garden).
Casting included: Emily Dunn (Mamma Mia), Rebecca Gilliland (Natalie Weiss in the West End), Alex Green (The Dreaming), Tim Phelps (Into The Woods), Denise Pitter (Guys And Dolls – West End), Emma Kayte Saunders (Beyond The Barricade, Parade),
Mark Turnbull (How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Billy, Les Miserables) and James Wolstenholme (Quasimodo – World Premiere, Crazy For You). The Goodbye Girl will be directed by Adam Lenson with musical direction by Richard Bates, costumes and set designed by Suzi Lombardelli and choreographed by Claira Vaughan. It is produced by Szpiezak Productions.