Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Casting announced for The Goodbye Girl at Upstairs at the Gatehouse

Casting has been announced for the upcoming revival of Neil Simon’s The Goodbye Girl.

The production opens at Upstairs at the Gatehouse on Friday 6th February 2015 (previews from 4th February) and runs until Saturday 28th February 2015.

The Goodbye Girl is described as a "wry, warm-hearted musical comedy". It is based on Neil Simon's Academy Award and Golden Globe award winning film, with score by Marvin Hamlisch and lyrics by David Zippel.

Rebecca Bainbridge (Mamma Mia/Cabaret) will star as Paula and Paul Keating (The Wizard of Oz/Tick Tick Boom, pictured right) will star as Elliot. The role of Lucy will be shared between Shannon Beach and Olivia Hallett. 

The cast also includes: Emily Dunn, Rebecca Gilliland, Alex Green, Tim Phelps, Denise Pitter, Emma Kayte Saunders, Mark Turnbull and James Wolstenholme.

The Goodbye Girl will be directed by Adam Lenson with musical direction by Richard Bates, costumes and set design by Suzi Lombardelli and choreography by Claira Vaughan. It is produced by Szpiezak Productions.

The Goodbye Girl tells the story of Paula, an unemployed dancer who is reluctantly forced to co- habit in the same apartment with Elliot, a struggling Off-Broadway actor. Despite their differences, the pair - along with Paula's precocious young daughter, Lucy - find a way to live together, and eventually, they fall in love. 

The original Broadway production was nominated for 5 Tony and 3 Drama Desk Awards and starred Bernadette Peters and Martin Short. This is the first London revival since 1997 and looks to reinvent this timeless classic for a new generation while keeping alive the very best of Simon, Hamlisch and Zippel’s musical theatre legacy.

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