Posted February 06, 2023

Romance and commitment explored in The Goodbye Girl

TheatreZone presents Neil Simon musical comedy March 9-19 featuring Marvin Hamlisch’s music and David Zippel’s lyrics

Naples, Fla. (January 31, 2023) — TheatreZone continues to explore romance with the award-winning Neil Simon musical comedy The Goodbye Girl in Naples March 9-19, as part of the professional theatre company’s “Romantics & Rockers” 2023 lineup. The 12-production run takes place in the G&L Theatre located on Livingston Road between Pine Ridge and Vanderbilt Beach Roads, on the campus of the Community School of Naples.

The Goodbye Girl is a musical adventure about romantic disappointments, triumphs, love and commitment,” says TheatreZone’s Founding Artistic Director Mark Danni, who selected Simon’s musical comedy for TheatreZone’s 18th season.

The Goodbye Girl is Neil Simon’s 1993 adaptation of his Academy Award-nominated 1977 film starring Marsha Mason and Richard Dreyfus, who won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in the film. The Broadway production starred Martin Short and Bernadette Peters and received five Tony Award nominations and won the Drama Desk Award for outstanding score for a musical.

The music was composed by the legendary Marvin Hamlisch (A Chorus Line) with lyrics by David Zippel (City of Angels) to create a score that includes the vibrant “A Beat Behind,” the emotionally charged “I Think I Can Play This Part” and the witty “Elliott Garfield Grant.”

The Goodbye Girl’s plot centers on a struggling actor, Elliot Garfield, who sublets a small Manhattan apartment. The twist? The apartment is already occupied by a recently jilted and unemployed dancer, Paula McFadden, and her precocious young daughter, Lucy. The musical explores the progression of the relationships between the characters as they strive for successful show business careers.

The show stars New York City actors Stephanie Bishop (formerly a Radio City Rockette) as Paula McFadden and Matthew Krob as Elliot Garfield. Kylie Gust, an eighth-grade student at Community School of Naples, is cast as Lucy McFadden, Paula’s daughter.

Paige Miles, a 2010 American Idol finalist and former Community School of Naples student, plays Mrs. Crosby, the manager of the apartment building where much of the show’s action takes place.

The comedy adventure will be directed by Mark Danni, choregraphed by TheatreZone co-founder Karen Molnar Danni, with music direction by Flint Hawes. Show times are at 7:30 p.m. March 9-12 and March 16-19, with matinee performances at 2:00 p.m. March 11-12 and March 18-19.

Tickets range from $50 to $85, depending on choice of seat.

For tickets and information, visit www.Theatre.Zone or call the box office at 888-966-3352.

TheatreZone, celebrating its 18th season in 2022-2023, stages its musical productions in the intimate and elegant 250-seat G&L Theatre conveniently located in Naples at 13275 Livingston Road, between Pine Ridge and Vanderbilt Beach Roads, in a dedicated building nestled within the campus of the Community School of Naples.

TheatreZone’s contract with the Actors’ Equity Association ensures access to the best actors, singers, dancers, musicians, and stage management professionals from throughout the country. The nonprofit, 501(c)(3) was established in 2005 by Mark Danni and Karen Molnar Danni, who have both enjoyed successful careers on Broadway and Off-Broadway.

TheatreZone is located at 13275 Livingston Road, Naples. For the lineup of shows and concerts and to book tickets, visit www.Theatre.Zone or call the box office at 888-966-3352, ext. 1.

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Beth Preddy, Preddy PR
Marketing Director for TheatreZone