The Highlands Summer Festival season is officially underway with the opening production of The Goodbye Girl kicking things off on Monday, July 5. This infectious musical captured the hearts of the audience as Paula, played by Myrna McBrien and Eliot played by Matt Selby, led a cast of over 20 through their paces.
The audience immediately responded to the great humour and music that fills the show. The play begins with the two principals at each others throats in the opening scenes. Their animosity melts into affection as they find they have more in common than they originally thought. The audience in particular loved the scene in which Elliot first proposes to Paula’s daughter as they float on the pond in central Park. Lucy is played Myrna’s real-life daughter Annie. Elliot wins the young girl’s approval and so, it is a musical after all, the boy gets the girl, but not before their relationship goes through one more crisis.
With a story by Neil Simon and music by Marvin Hamlisch, it is a sure-fire winner that has brought audiences to their feet each night since it opened.
The Goodbye Girl runs evenings at 8 p.m. until July 16, with a matinee on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Note the opening concert of the season, Summer Wind, is on Monday July 12. For tickets, call the box office at 705-457-9933.