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Paula has been dumped by latest boyfriend, seemingly a regular feature of her life. She and Lucy, her 11 year old daughter, are threatened with eviction because her departing boyfriend has rented out their apartment to an off-Broadway actor called Elliot Garfield. Elliot agrees she can temporarily share the space with him, as he is out most of the time rehearsing the role of a gay transvestite Richard III. This odd couple bicker and squabble, commented on by Mrs Crosby, the landlady, but, inevitably they fall in love. The show ends with a Busby Berkeley-type dance-sequence on the rooftop, involving champagne and (for some unexplained reason!) a chorus of dancing girls and boys in sequins.

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Génèse du musical

The Goodbye Girl opened in out-of-town tryouts at the Shubert Theatre, Chicago, from December 29, 1992 to January 30, 1993. The original director, Gene Saks, was fired during the Chicago try outs and replaced by Michael Kidd. During the try outs, a new opening song was put in, sung by Bernadette Peters as Paula and Tammy Minoff as her daughter Lucy. "An exuberant song about their hoped-for move to California from New York City, it's meant to help Paula lighten up; in the first act, she has been perceived as a drip." Ticket sales were "brisk" for the Chicago run and the musical had a $10 million advance for Broadway.

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 was produced at the Marriott Theatre, Lincolnshire, Illinois, in February through April 1994. This version featured some modifications by lyricist David Zippel, who also co-directed the production. This represents the version preferred by the authors and is currently licensed by the licensing agent, MTI.

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. The new lyrics in this production were not well received. Wilmot subsequently toured the UK in 1997 and 1998 opposite Marti Webb, Sophie McShera (alternating with Hannah Chick) as Lucy, Hope Augustus as the landlady, Steve Elias and West End veteran Katie Verner.



Liste des chansons

Act I
• This Is as Good as It Gets—Paula and Lucy
• No More—Paula
• A Beat Behind—Paula, Billy and Ensemble
• This Is as Good as It Gets (Reprise)-- Lucy, Melanie and Cynthia
• My Rules—Elliot and Paula
• Good News, Bad News—Elliot, Paula and Lucy
• Footsteps—Paula and Lucy
• How Can I Win? -- Paula
• Richard Interred—Elliot, Paula, Lucy, Mark, Mrs. Crosby, Donna and Ensemble

Act II
• How Can I Win? (Reprise) -- Paula
• Good News, Bad News (Reprise)-- Elliot
• Too Good to Be Bad—Paula, Donna and Jenna
• 2 Good 2 Be Bad—Mrs. Crosby
• Who Would've Thought? -- Paula, Elliot, Lucy, Melanie and Cynthia
• Paula (An Improvised Love Song) -- Elliot and Paula
• Who Would've Thought? (Reprise) -- Lucy, Melanie and Cynthia
• I Think I Can Play This Part—Elliot
• Jump for Joy—Paula and Ensemble
• What a Guy—Paula
• Finale—Paula, Elliot and Lucy

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