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Bye Bye Birdie

Bye Bye Birdie

by Charles Strouse, Lee Adams and Michael Stewart

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Bye Bye Birdie

Bye Bye Birdie




A musical inspired by the phenomenon of Elvis Presley and his draft notice into the Army, from composer Charles Strouse.


Story:

Conrad Birdie has been drafted to the army. As a farewell, the rock and roll star is scheduled to sing Albert Peterson's "One Last Kiss" and kiss a girl from Sweet Apple, Ohio live on the Ed Sullivan Show. However, Conrad's hip-thrusting makes more than one man in town uncomfortable, many of whom attempt to stop the show from happening. Meanwhile, Rosie wonders if Alfred, for whom she does everything, will ever leave his mother's shadow.


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Composer

Composer
Charles Strouse

Lyricist

Lyricist
Lee Adams

Librettist

Librettist
Michael Stewart



  • Premiere
  • 2009
  • 1963 Film
  • 1995 TV

Broadway Premiere

Theatre
Martin Beck Theatre, 54th Street Theatre, Shubert Theatre
Opening Night
Apr 14, 1960
Total Performances
607
Original Cast
Chita Rivera, Dick Van Dyke, Dick Gautier, Paul Lynde, Kay Medford, Michael J. Pollard, Susan Watson
Director
Gower Champion
Choreographer
Gower Champion
Musical Director
Elliot Lawrence
Orchestrations
Robert Ginzler
Scenic Design
Robert Randolph
Costume Design
Miles White
Lighting Design
Peggy Clark
Hair Design
Ernest Adler

2009 Broadway Revival

Theatre
Henry Miller's Theatre
Opening Night
Oct 15, 2009
Total Performances
117
Original Cast
Gina Gershon, Bill Irwin, John Stamos, Nolan Gerard Funk, Dee Hoty, Jayne Houdyshell
Director
Robert Longbottom
Choreographer
Robert Longbottom
Musical Director
David Holcenberg
Orchestrations
Jonathan Tunick
Scenic Design
Andrew Jackness
Costume Design
Gregg Barnes
Lighting Design
Ken Billington

1963 Film Version

Movie Name
Bye Bye Birdie
Type
Hollywood Musical
Director
George Sidney
Screenplay
Irving Brecher
Starring
Janet Leigh, Dick Van Dyke, Ann-Margret, Maureen Stapleton, Bobby Rydell, Jesse Pearson, Paul Lynde, Mary LaRoche

1995 TV Version

Movie Name
Bye Bye Birdie
Type
Made for TV Musical
Director
Gene Saks
Starring
Jason Alexander, Vanessa Williams, Chynna Phillips, Tyne Daly, Marc Kudisch, George Wendt, Sally Mayes, Jason Gaffney, Blair Slater







CDs

CD
Original Broadway Cast Album

CD
Original Hollywood Version Soundtrack

CD
TV Version Soundtrack


Sheetmusic

Sheetmusic
Vocal Selections


Videos

DVD
Original Hollywood Version DVD

Blu-Ray
TV Version DVD


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1961 Tony Award Nominations

Best Musical
Best Featured Actor in a Musical - Dick Van Dyke
Best Choreography
Best Direction of a Musical
Best Conductor and Musical Director
Best Featured Actor in a Musical - Dick Gautier
Best Featured Actress in a Musical - Chita Rivera
Best Scenic Design

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