The Story
Bye Bye Birdie
Music
CHARLES STROUSE

Lyrics
LEE ADAMS

Book
MICHAEL STEWART
Albert Peterson hatches a plot with his secretary and long-suffering girlfriend, Rose Grant - to get rock-and-roll phenomenon Conrad Birdie to sing one of his songs on the Ed Sullivan show. The pop star would then symbolically kiss goodbye to a young lady - Kim McAfee, chosen at random from the country's womanhood, this being his last appearance before being drafted in the Army. Complicated to start with, things get more tricky as everyone including Albert's clinging mother descend on the small town where Kim lives.

PHOTOS
Original Broadway Production
2009 Broadway Revival
Artworks/ Posters

VIDEOS
John Stamos, Gina Gershon and company of the 2009 Broadway revival in a video montage performing excerpts from the musical.

MUSIC
One Boy
Susan Watson, Jessica Albright, Sharon Lerit, Chita Rivera
Original Broadway Cast Recording

THE STORY

SYNOPSIS

BYE BYE BIRDIE tells the story of a rock and roll singer who is about to be inducted into the army. The singer, Conrad Birdie, an Elvis Presley type, has a pompadour and thick sideburns; he wears gaudy gold costumes and speaks in a rugged voice. Albert Peterson, his agent, is a very pleasant mild mannered young man. Albert's faithful secretary Rose Grant keeps him and Birdie moving forward in the world. Rosie concocts one final national publicity plan before Conrad's induction.

Conrad will bid a typical American teen-age girl goodbye with an all-American kiss. Kim MacAfee in Sweet Apple, Ohio wins the honor. All of the phones in her town are already busy during The Telephone Hour as Kim has just been pinned to Hugo, a local boy. She is a pretty girl of fifteen and sings with springlike ardor How Lovely to Be a Woman, as she pulls on the plaid woolen socks and the baggy mustard colored sweater considered stylish and popular among young ladies.

The arrival of Birdie in Sweet Apple causes people of all ages to swoon. Birdie says that his success is due to the fact that he is Honestly Sincere when he sings, and the quiet little town goes into a spin. The MacAfee household is completely upset by the visiting celebrity. It is decided that Birdie will give his One Last Kiss on the Ed Sullivan show. Kim's father who laments the whole uproar, tries to break into the act and behaves like a ham on the TV show. Hymn for a Sunday Evening is a salute to the greater glory of Ed Sullivan.

Birdie becomes disgusted with his life and goes out on the town with the teenagers. He feels tense with Albert and is tired of being supervised. The parents of Sweet Apple cannot understand the new generation and express this in Kids. Rosie, still waiting for that band of gold from Albert after eight years, invades a Shriners' meeting. An extremely hilarious ballet ensues. She then decides to become the Latin American spitfire that she is painted as, by Albert's lead-footed catastrophe-ridden mother. She is determined to become Spanish Rose. Kim is reunited with Hugo, and Rose with Albert in the lovely number Rosie. Other hit numbers include A Lot of Livin' to Do and Put on a Happy Face.

BYE BYE BIRDIE is a satire done with the fondest affection. It gives an insight into the everyday life that is very much part of us all. It is the tops in imagination and frivolity; a show that will be enjoyed by the cast as much as the audience.

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CAST & CREATIVES
Creative
Producer ROUNDABOUT THEATER COMPANY
Direction ROBERT LONGBOTTOM
Choreography ROBERT LONGBOTTOM
Orchestrations JONATHAN TUNICK
Scenic Design ANDREW JACKNESS
Costume Design GREGG BARNESS
Lighting Design ACME SOUND PARTNERS
Cast
Albert Peterson JOHN STAMOS
Rose Grant GINA GERSHON
Harry McAfee BILL IRWIN
Kim McAfee ALLIE TRIMM
Conrad Birdie NOLAN GERARD FUNK
Hugo Peabody MATT DOYLE
Mae Peterson JAYNE HOUDYSHELL
Creative
Producer EDWARD PADULA
Associate Producer L. SLADE BROWN
Direction GOWER CHAMPION
Choreography GOWER CHAMPION
Orchestrations ROBERT GINZLER
Scenic Design ROBERT RANDOLPH
Costume Design MILES WHITE
Lighting Design PEGGY CLARK
Cast
Albert Peterson DICK VAN DYKE
Rose Grant CHITA RIVERA
Harry McAfee PAUL LYNDE
Kim McAfee SUSAN WATSON
Conrad Birdie DICK GAUTIER
Hugo Peabody MICHAEL J. POLLARD
Mae Peterson KAY MEDFORD
MUSICAL NUMBERS
ACT ONE

An English Teacher Rose Grant and Albert Peterson
The Telephone Hour Sweet Apple Kids
How Lovely to Be a Woman Kim MacAfee
We Love You, Conrad! Teen Trio
Put on a Happy Face Albert Peterson and Two Sad Girls
Normal American Boy Rose Grant, Albert Peterson and Chorus
One Boy Kim MacAfee, Deborah Sue, Suzie and Alice
One Boy (Reprise) Rose Grant
Honestly Sincere Conrad Birdie and Townspeople
Hymn for a Sunday Evening Mr. MacAfee, Mrs. MacAfee, Kim MacAfee, Randolph MacAfee and Neighbors
Ballet: How to Kill a ManRose Grant, Albert Peterson and Company
One Last Kiss Conrad Birdie and Company


ACT TWO

What Did I Ever See in Him? Rose Grant and Kim MacAfee
A Lot of Livin' to Do Conrad Birdie, Kim MacAfee and Teenagers
KidsMr. MacAfee and Mrs. MacAfee
Baby, Talk to MeAlbert Peterson and Quartet
Shriners' Ballet Rose Grant and Shriners
Kids (Reprise) Mr. MacAfee, Mrs. MacAfee, Randolph MacAfee and Townspeople
Spanish Rose Rose Grant
Rosie Albert Peterson and Rose Grant

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SIGHTS & SOUNDS

Original Broadway Production
2009 Broadway Production
Artworks/ Posters

John Stamos, Gina Gershon and company of the 2009 Broadway revival in a video montage performing excerpts from the musical.

One Boy Susan Watson, Jessica Albright, Sharon Lerit, Chita Rivera Original Broadway Cast Recording
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