Tony winner Santino Fontana (Tootsie) and Sierra Boggess (The Phantom of the Opera, The Little Mermaid) lead the company of J2 Spotlight Musical Theater Company’s production of the 1993 Broadway musical The Goodbye Girl, based on the Neil Simon film of the same name, beginning May 11.
Tony winner David Zippel, who penned the show's lyrics, directs with choreography by Gerry McIntyre and musical direction by Miles Plant. Performances continue through May 21 at Off-Broadway's Theatre Row.
The cast also features Tony nominee Christopher Sieber as Character Actor, Debra Thais Evans as Cosby, Lena Josephine Marano as Lucy, Tara Radha Rajan as Melanie, Honor Blue Savage as Cynthia, Alyssa Isihara as Jenna and others, Emma Kantor as Rhonda and others, Jessica Ann Lawyer as Donna and others, Daniel Pahl, Tony Collins, and Dan DeLuca as the Elliot standby. DeLuca will assume the role of Elliot May 11-12.
With a book by Neil Simon, music by Marvin Hamlisch, and lyrics by Zippel, The Goodbye Girl follows the unlikely romance between Paula (Boggess), a single mother who has been jilted one too many times, and Elliot (Fontana), the opinionated actor who shows up—unexpectedly—on her doorstep with a lease to sublet her apartment.
“I couldn’t be more excited to revisit The Goodbye Girl with this extraordinary cast,” said Zippel in an earlier statement. “This version that Neil, Marvin, and I tweaked after our Broadway run, with a few additional changes to keep up with the times, has never been performed in NYC. It feels like the right time for a romantic comedy musical.”
The production also has set design by Joshua Warner, lighting design by Ethan Steimel, costume design by Thomas J.C. Gluodenis, properties design by Emily LaRosa, associate music direction by Griffin Strout, dramaturgy by Frederick Miller, assistant choreography by Sara Andreas, technical direction by Justin Kirkpatrick, and casting by Holly Buczek of Wojcik Casting Team. The stage management team includes Kyle Binkley and Maria Papadopoulos.
Richard Dreyfuss and Marsha Mason starred in the original 1977 film of The Goodbye Girl. Both Mason and Dreyfuss were nominated for Academy Awards for their work; Dreyfuss took home the Oscar. Bernadette Peters and Martin Short played the lead roles in the 1993 Broadway musical; Peters and Short were Tony-nominated for their performances.
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