Norbert Leo Butz and Kate Baldwin Will Co-Star in The Goodbye Girl Actors Fund Concert

By Adam Hetrick
February 26, 2014

Tony Award winner Norbert Leo Butz and Tony nominee Kate Baldwin, the recent co-stars of Broadway's Big Fish, will reunite for a one-night-only concert of the 1993 Broadway musical The Goodbye Girl to benefit The Actors Fund.



David Zippel, who penned lyrics to the musical that has a score by the late Marvin Hamlisch and a book by Neil Simon, will direct the 7:30 PM concert staging to be held April 7 at the Gerald R. Lynch Theatre at John Jay College.

Baldwin (Finian's Rainbow, Giant) will star as downhearted single-mom Paula, with Butz (Catch Me If You Can, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels) as Elliot, the overzealous actor who ends up moving into her apartment.

The benefit concert will have musical direction by Joel Fram and choreography by Lorin Latarro.

The musical is based on Simon's 1977 screenplay, which starred Marsha Mason and Richard Dreyfuss, who won the Oscar for Best Actor. Bernadette Peters and Martin Short co-starred in the original 1993 Broadway production of The Goodbye Girl, which played the Marquis Theatre. It received five Tony Award nominations including Best Actress (Peters), Best Actor (Short), Best Choreography (Graciela Daniele), Best Direction (Michael Kidd) and Best Musical. It played 188 regular performances and 23 previews.

Songs from the Broadway production include "No More," "Paula (An Improvised Love Song)," "How Can I Win?," "I Think I Can Play This Part" and "What a Guy."

A revised version of the musical, featuring numerous new songs, premiered in London in 1997 starring Ann Crumb. Original cast albums of both the Broadway and London productions preserve the scores.

Additional casting and the complete creative team will be announced soon.

Tickets are $75, $100, $150 and $250. Tickets can be purchased at actorsfund.org or by calling (212) 221-7300, ext. 133 or by emailing tickets@actorsfund.org. John Jay College is located at 524 West 59th Street.