Première Preview: lundi 14 avril 1997Première: jeudi 17 avril 1997Dernière: samedi 28 juin 1997
BILL HAGERTY in the THE NEWS OF THE WORLD review agrees, he says " ...scintillating, Ann Crumb and Gary Wilmot, at his versatile best, are perfectly charming..", however he does go on to say the production "has no bite, and rarely moving, either".
JANE EDWARDS in the TIME OUT review partly agrees , she says " Wilmot's a star; the rest's a sham."
NICHOLAS DE JONGH in the EVENING STANDARD review says of the scenes when Gary Wilmot has to play the role of King Richard III as a gay transvestite, " ..rise to unfunny heights of grossness, stupidity and sheer offensiveness". I don't agree with him on this, I thought the scene was hilarious and was in tone with the rest of the show.
In 1977 this began life as a Neil Simon movie for which Richard Dreyfuss won an Oscar as the unfortunate off-Broadway actor forced into an all-gay “Richard III”. In 1993 it was turned into a glitzy Broadway musical with Bernadette Peters and Martin Short, music by Marvin Hamlisch and lyrics by David Zippel. It closed after 188 performances and a series of negative reviews describing it as “old-fashioned and lacking in plot”. The London version was a completely new revision - with the original songs thrown out, and seven new songs added with a different lyricist - this time Don Black. However, despite all the changes and almost unanimous praise for Gary Wilmot, the critics found the whole thing sugary sweet, predictable, winsome, far too sentimental and not worth the trouble. It ran for just ten weeks.
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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.Synopsis complet
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
• 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
• 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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