Born and raised in Glasgow, Scotland, in 1984 he relocated to New York City after a year performing in Los Angeles. Paul wrote the book, music, and lyrics for Bright Lights Big City, which was presented at the New York Theater Workshop (directed by Michael Greif), The Guggenheim Museum, the Prince Music Theater, Philadelphia and Harvard University. The CD of the show, starring Patrick Wilson, Sherie Renee Scott, Jesse L. Martin, and Christine Ebersole is available on Sh-K-Boom Records and the live rights are available through The Rodgers and Hammerstein Organization.
Goodman’s other produced musicals include: Him & Her, Prince Music Theater, March 2007, and the New York International Fringe Festival, ( 2002 Best Performance Award ); ROOMS, produced by the University of Michigan and the New York Musical Theatre Festival in September 2005, (directed by Scott Schwartz); Alive in the World produced by New York Musical Theater Festival, September 2006; God Save the New Wave (Bottom Line, West Bank Theater); Metropolitan Music (Marymount Manhattan College); Just East of Broadway (The Duplex).
Paul Scott Goodman was the first recipient of the Songwriters’ Hall of Fame Best New Songwriter Award, winner of the Backstage Bistro Award for Domestica (book, music and lyrics), first solo recipient of the Jonathan Larson Foundation Award, and winner of the Gilman Gonzalez-Falla Theater Foundation Commendation Award. In London, Paul’s musicals have also been produced at the National Theater, The New End Theater, and twice on BBC TV. He has performed with John Cougar Mellancamp, Joan Armatrading, David Essex, and The Average White Band. He lives in Soho, Manhattan with his wife and three children.