The Goodbye Girl

Book by Neil Simon
Music by Marvin Hamlisch
Lyrics by David Zippel

Directed by John Cramer
September 13 to 29, 2013

Read the Reviews:
Waukesha Freeman, Shepherd Express

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Volunteer of the Production

Diana Randelzhofer

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Scott Allen

Hastings / Ricky / Ensemble

Elizabeth Bagley

Jenna / Ensemble

Amy Barootian

Paula McFadden

Ted Cefalu

Lovell / Ricky's Floorman / Ensemble

Marann Curtis

Donna / Ensemble

Nathan Danzer

Elliot Garfield

Sean Duncan

Mark / Ensemble

Elle Erato

Lucy McFadden

Elizabeth Havican

Mrs. Crosby

Bryan Hermsen

Richmond / Ensemble

Sara Lessmann

Lady Anne / Ensemble

Katie McCaskey

Cynthia / Prince Edward / Ensemble

Mary Melter

Queen Elizabeth / Ensemble

Diana Randelzhofer

Rachel / Ensemble

Hailey Reese

Suzie / Ensemble

Emma Schoultz

Melanie / Prince Richard / Ensemble

John Sindic

Buckingham / Ricky's Announcer

Danny Slattery

Billy / Ensemble

Production Staff 

Director / Choreographer

John Cramer

Music Director

Anne Van Deusen

Orchestra Director

Jim Van Deusen

Stage Manager

Maria Sorce

Scenic Designer / Master Carpenter

Michael Talaska

Costume Designer

Dana Brzezinski

Lighting Designer / Sound Designer

Aaron Schmidt

Properties Designer

Shawn Spellman

Wig Master

Anthony Mackie

Dance Captain

Marann Curtis

Set Construction Crew

Dave Binney, Kevin Erdman,
Dan Szczepanski, Barbara Talaska,
Becky Talaska, Patrick Talaska

Costume Construction Crew

Darleen Hawkey-Cruikshank

Light and Sound Crew

Keith Handy



J.J. Anshus


Andy Drzewiecki


Ken Marchand


Brian Running


Dale Smith


Sue Stachelski

Orchestra Director,

Jim Van Deusen


Anne Van Deusen

'Goodbye Girl' not a good fit as a musical

By JULIE McHALE - TimeOut Theater Critic
September 19, 2013

WAUKESHA - There are some stories that are better off being left alone.

"The Goodbye Girl" by the inimitable Neil Simon is one of those stories. Despite the efforts of the musically talented Marvin Hamlisch and his lyricist David Zippel, turning this charming story into a musical just bogged down the natural flow of the narrative. Couple that with a clunky, difficult-to-maneuver set, which frequently slowed down the pace, and both the romance and comedy are diminished.

I have seen many splendid musicals at the Waukesha Civic Theatre over the years, shows that have risen to a professional level, but this one was a disappointment. Part of the problem was the musical itself, and part of the problem was the staging of it. I liked the apartment itself, but switching back and forth between it and other venues as many times as required was distracting and fragmenting. Perhaps using the curtain and the apron of the stage would have been a better option.

On the bright side, Amy Barootian was a good fit for Paula. She has a strong resemblance to a younger Sally Field, who also combined a naivete and toughness in many of her roles. Her voice is pleasant enough but is not very strong. Hamlisch did not provide her with a memorable song, however, which may have helped to feature her best vocals.

Nathan Danzer as Elliot, the part originally played by Richard Dreyfus, had to earn his way to Paula's heart as he did to ours. He had a comic flair, though. His acting was more convincing than his singing, and he definitely turned the corner for me in his scene with Paula's daughter, Lucy, when he tried to convince her that he'd like to be a reliable father to her. Elle Erato aced the Lucy role in the first five minutes. She was a delight all the way. Katie McCaskey and Emma Schoultz also provided good entertainment in their roles.

Despite the sometimes tedious pace and the overly repetitious lyrics, there were scenes that sparkled. The fight scene before Elliot left for Canada was especially well done. The diet/exercise class was clever, thanks to the enthusiasm of Scott Allen as Ricky. Elizabeth Havican as the nosy neighbor, Mrs. Crosby, created a believable New Yorker. That red wig was something to behold.

Comical Domestic Disputes

Waukesha Civic Theatre welcomes 'The Goodbye Girl'

By Brandon Miller
Posted: THURSDAY, SEPT. 19, 2013

Based on Neil Simon's 1977 hit film of the same name, The Goodbye Girl opens with character Paula McFadden ruing her all-too-familiar luck with actor boyfriends. The former dancer returns home with her daughter, Lucy, only to find a letter from her married boyfriend with news that he's abandoning them and their plans to move to California. Reading the letter, the precocious Lucy says, "This can't be good." It was the first of many one-liners the adorable Elle Erato would deliver in a show filled with wisecracks.

Soon, an actor from Chicago named Elliot Garfield arrives, proclaiming that the apartment Paula and her daughter inhabit was sublet to him by her now Spain-bound ex-boyfriend. Stubborn characters both, Elliot and Paula struggle but come to the agreement that they will share the apartment. However, Paula quickly gets annoyed with Elliot's eccentric antics, such as playing guitar in his underwear at night and meditating via inconsiderate "ohms" in the morning.

Braving the roles of the two adversaries are Amy Barootian and Nathan Danzer. The shifts of rhythm in their characters' battles are idiosyncratic. Their fiery exchanges wither to playful jesting as they bicker back and forth, sometimes losing energy.

Paula's unemployment and Elliot's frustration with the director of his New York debut (he wants Richard III to have a lisp) heighten the conflict. Sean Duncan gave the director boldness and delivered his scene's closing pun uproariously. As expected, the off-Broadway Shakespeare production is a disaster, but Paula and Lucy start to fall in love with their intruding housemate as he exposes a sensitive side. With his somber eyes, Danzer made Elliot's sadness convincing. It was amusing to watch him stumble over furniture and drop his coat on the floor.

After an intimate evening on the rooftop, events speed up and Elliot proposes to Paula over the phone. But their future is quickly shaken when Elliot accepts a film role in Seattle. Uncertain of his return, Paula regrets having fallen in love with another actor. Luckily, Elliot proves he can play the part of husband and father. He returns to Paula and Lucy up the fire escape ladder and back into their hearts.

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By Reviewer Name - WaukeshaNOW Theater Critic
Month 12, 2012

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Volunteer of the Production - Diana Randelzhofer

Diana is a newcomer to WCT but has already made a significant contribution in a very short time. She has a great sense of humor, is always gracious, and always helpful. She organized meals, helped with hair, set, and costumes. Her energy and enthusiasm was motivating. Diana has been exemplary in her positive attitude, her ambition, and her willingness to help out. She was a inspiring role model for the whole cast.