The Music of Marvin Hamlisch.
From the 1993 Original Broadway Cast recording of “The Goodbye Girl” Composed by Marvin Hamlisch
Lyrics: David Zippel
Rendition by: Bernadette Peters, Martin Short, Carol Woods, Tammy Minoff
Musical The Goodbye Girl:
The Musical opened in out‐of‐town tryouts at the Shubert Theatre in Chicago, from December 29, 1992 to January 30, 1993.
The musical, directed by Michael Kidd and choreographed by Graciela Daniele, played on Broadway at the Marquis Theatre on March 4, 1993 and had 23 previews and 188 performances. The opening cast included Bernadette Peters as Paula McFadden and Martin Short as Elliot Garfield, with Carol Woods as Mrs. Crosby, Susann Fletcher as Donna Douglas, Tammy Minoff as Lucy, Lisa Molina as Melanie and Erin Torpey as Cynthia. This musical marked Martin Short’s Broadway debut
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 (“No More”), while Elliot sets down the rules for the living arrangements (“My Rules”). Paula decides to return to work as a dancer, but during dance class finds it difficult (“A Beat Behind”).
While attempting to cohabit as peacefully as possible, despite their differences of opinion and temperament, Elliot and Paula find themselves attracted to each other (“Paula (An Improvised Love Song)”). 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 (“What a Guy”).
AWARDS AND NOMINATIONS:
Nominated in 1993 for The Tony Award for
-Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical: Martin Short
-Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical: Bernadette Peters
-Best Choreography: Graciela Daniele
-Best Direction of a Musical: Michael Kidd
Nominated in 1993 for The Drama Desk Award for
-Outstanding Actor in a Musical: Martin Short
-Outstanding Lyrics: David Zippel
-Outstanding Music: Marvin Hamlisch (Won)
Nominated in 1993 for The Theatre World Award
-Martin Short (Won)