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Actors Fund Says Farewell to The Goodbye Girl — for Now

Norbert Leo Butz and Kate Baldwin were set to star in the previously announced concert of the popular musical. logo
Norbert Leo Butz and Kate Baldwin are no longer available to star in an April 7 concert performance of The Goodbye Girl. The show has been postponed until the fall.
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The Actors Fund has postponed its April 7 concert production of the Neil Simon-Marvin Hamlish-David Zippel musical The Goodbye Girl because its headliners, Norbert Leo Butz and Kate Baldwin, are no longer available at that time. The evening, directed by Zippel at the Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College, will be rescheduled for the fall.

"The particular magic of pairing these two spectacular Broadway stars with this show is worth waiting for," said coauthor and director Zippel in a statement.

Inspired by the Oscar-winning film of the same name, The Goodbye Girl follows the unlikely romance between single mom Paula (Baldwin), who is jilted by one too many actor boyfriends, and Elliot (Butz), an actor who shows up at her door with a lease to sublet her apartment. The original 1993 Broadway production starred Bernadette Peters and Martin Short and was nominated for five Tony Awards.

Butz and Baldwin played husband and wife in the recent Broadway premiere of Big Fish, which played the Neil Simon Theatre last fall and was preserved for posterity on a newly released cast recording.