Recent Big Fish co-stars two-time Tony winner Norbert Leo Butz and Tony nominee Kate Baldwin are set to reunite for a one-night-only concert of The Goodbye Girl on April 7. Directed by David Zippel, the evening will take place at The Gerald R. Lynch Theatre at John Jay College in aid of the Actor’s Fund.
Penned by Zippel, Neil Simon and Marvin Hamlisch and based on the Oscar-winning film, The Goodbye Girl chronicles the unlikely romance between Paula (Baldwin), a single mother who has been jilted one too many times by one too many actors, and Elliot (Butz), another actor, who shows up at her door—out of the blue—with a lease to sublet her apartment.
Butz earned Tony Awards for Catch Me If You Can and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. His additional Broadway credits include Rent, Wicked, Thou Shalt Not, Is He Dead?, Speed-the-Plow, Enron and Dead Accounts. Baldwin earned a Tony nomination for Finian’s Rainbow. Her additional Broadway credits include The Full Monty, Thoroughly Modern Millie and Wonderful Town.
The April 7 benefit concert will feature musical direction by Joel Fram and choreography by Lorin Latarro. Additional casting and the complete creative team will be announced soon.
The original Broadway production of The Goodbye Girl opened on March 4, 1993 at the Marquis Theatre and starred Bernadette Peters and Martin Short (in his Broadway debut). Directed by Michael Kidd with choreography by Graciela Daniele, the show ran for 188 performances and garnered five 1993 Tony nominations including Best Musical.