Monday, March 4, 2013

20 Years Ago Today: The Goodbye Girl

Here's the second in a series celebrating the openings of Broadway musicals 10, 20 and 30 years ago.

The Playbills and the Show Card

The Merchandise

Show: The Goodbye Girl
Theatre: Marquis
Opening Night: March 4, 1993
Performances: 23 previews, 188 performances
Tonys: 5 nominations, including Best Musical; no wins
Who's Who (20 years later): Director Michael Kidd (Tony nomination) passed away in 2007; Choreographer Graciela Daniele (Tony nomination) (Chronicle of a Death Foretold - Tony nominations, Book and Choreography, Ragtime (Tony nomination), Annie Get Your Gun, Marie Christine, Chita Rivera: The Dancer's Life, The Pirate Queen, Pal Joey), Music by Marvin Hamlisch passed away in 2012 (Sweet Smell of Success - Tony nomination; Broadway-bound The Nutty Professor); Lyrics by David Zippel (The Woman in White - Tony nomination); Neil Simon (Laughter on the 23rd Floor, Proposals, The Dinner Party). Stars Bernadette Peters (Tony Nomination) (Annie Get Your Gun - Tony Award, Gypsy - Tony Nomination, A Little Night Music, Follies); Martin Short (Tony nomination) (Little Me - Tony Award, Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me).

Guess who else was in it: Michael McGrath was Martin Short's stand-by.  Since then, he 's been in Swinging on a Star (Theatre World Award), Little Me, Wonderful Town, Spamalot (Tony nomination), Is He Dead?. Born Yesterday, Memphis, Nice Work If You Can Get It (Tony Award).

Michael McGrath and Ruth Gottschall

Mary Ann Lamb and Cynthia Onrubia

Scott Wise and Carol Woods

Broadway Babies: Ruth Gottschall (A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, The Music Man, Mary Poppins); Mary Ann Lamb (A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Chicago, Fosse, Seussical, Curtains); Cynthia Onrubia (Damn Yankees, Victor/Victoria, Cabaret, Little Me); Scott Wise (Damn Yankees, Victor/Victoria, State Fair, Fosse, Movin' Out); Carol Woods (Chicago, Follies (2001),45 Seconds from Broadway, One Mo' Time).

NOTE: Credits reflect work by artists since the opening night being celebrated here.


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