Show History


The Goodbye Girl had a productive out-of-town tryout in Chicago before opening at New York's Marquis Theatre on March 4, 1993. Directed by Michael Kidd and choreographed by Graciela Daniele, it starred Bernadette Peters and Martin Short (making his Broadway debut). Also heading the cast were modern blues legend, Carol Woods (Mrs. Crosby), and the Tony Award-winning dancer, Scott Wise (Billy). The Goodbye Girl ran for 188 performances and 23 previews.

In the spring of 1994, Marriott's Lincolnshire Theatre (located about an hour out of Chicago) was the first non-Broadway venue to mount the show. Lyricist, David Zippel, was on hand to co-direct and touch up the show in minor spots.  MTI now leases that version, which the authors prefer. Even though the out-of-town tryout played in Chicago a little over a year before, Marriott's Lincolnshire reported The Goodbye Girl to be one of their most popular and well-reviewed shows ever.

The Goodbye Girl opened on April 17, 1997, at the Albery Theatre in London's West End. Starring Gary Wilmot and Ann Crumb, it closed on June 28, 1997.