Plays Directory : The Goodbye Girl

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The information below is intended to give you a brief guide to the show and highlight some of the other The Mandy Network members who have also been involved in this show.

  • Author
    Book by Neil Simon, lyrics by David Zippel, music by Marvin Hamlisch
  • Setting
    Manhattan
  • Overview
    The Goodbye Girl is a musical based on Simon's original screenplay for the 1977 film of the same name. The plot focuses on egotistical actor Elliot, who sublets a friend's Manhattan apartment only to discover it's still occupied by his friend's ex-girlfriend Paula, a former dancer, and her precocious pre-teen daughter Lucy. Initially suspicious and antagonistic, they 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").

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