Originally titled Let's Go Steady, the satire on American society is set in 1958. The story was inspired by the phenomenon of popular singer Elvis Presley and his draft notice into the Army in 1957. The rock star character's name, "Conrad Birdie," is word play on the name of Conway Twitty. Twitty is best remembered today for his long career as a country music star, but before that, in the late 1950s, he was one of Presley's rock 'n' roll rivals.
The fictional story takes place in 1958, centering around Conrad Birdie, a hip-thrusting rock and roll superstar akin to Elvis Presley, Conrad's agent and songwriter, Albert Peterson, and Albert's secretary and love, Rose Alvarez (Rose Grant or Rose DeLeon in some versions), who hails from Allentown, Pennsylvania.
Albert finds himself in trouble when Conrad is drafted into the army, so he and Rose come up with a last-ditch publicity stunt to premier one last hit Conrad Birdie record before he is sent to the army. They plan to have Conrad sing Peterson's new song "One Last Kiss" on live television, and give one lucky girl from his fan club a real 'one last kiss' on 'The Ed Sullivan Show' before going off to war.
The lucky girl is chosen randomly from Conrad's national fan club, and it happens to be Kim MacAfee. Rose, Conrad, and Albert set off to her house in Sweet Apple, Ohio to prepare for the event. However, things don't go quite as planned; Kim's father becomes obsessed with the prospect of being on The Ed Sullivan Show alongside his daughter, Kim's boyfriend becomes disastrously jealous of Conrad, and Conrad himself becomes tired of the show business life and tries to teach the kids how to party - ultimately getting himself in trouble with the law.
The producer Edward Padula had the idea for a musical initially titled Let's Go Steady, a "happy teenage musical with a difference." Padula contracted with two writers, and Charles Strouse and Lee Adams wrote seven songs for their libretto. Padula, Strouse and Adams sought Gower Champion as director/choreographer, who until that time had choreographed only a few musicals. (Fred Astaire and Morton DaCosta had already declined.) However, Champion did not like the book and the writers were fired, with Michael Stewart then hired. Stewart wrote an early version titled Love and Kisses, which focused on a couple thinking of divorce, but whose children persuade them to stay together. Champion wanted "something more". "The 'something more' had been right there in the newspaper. On September 22, 1958, rock-and-roll idol Elvis Presley, having been drafted, boarded a ship for eighteen months in Germany.... There was a media circus including Elvis giving a specially selected member of the Women's Army Corps 'one last kiss'". After brainstorming, Stewart and Adams "came up with the idea of a rock-and-roll singer going off to the army and its effect on a group of teenagers in a small town in Ohio." The name of the singer was Elsworth, then changed to "Conway Twitty before we discovered there was already a Conway Twitty who was threatening to sue us, and then, finally, Conrad Birdie."
Let's Go Steady (working title)
Overture- Orchestra (There are two overtures one can use. The main one, Overture A, uses film of Conrad Birdie and the Teen Chorus along with a teen trio in the pit orchestra. The alternate overture, Overture B, has a teen trio in the pit orchestra along with a pre-recorded segment of Conrad Birdie singing.)
Opening Curtain- Orchestra
An English Teacher – Rosie
The Telephone Hour – Teenagers
The Telephone Hour (Playoff)- Orchestra
How Lovely to Be a Woman – Kim
Penn Station Transition/We Love You, Conrad! – Orchestra/Teen Trio
Put on a Happy Face (dance with Sad Girl) – Albert
A Healthy, Normal, American Boy – Albert, Rosie, Teen and Adult Chorus
Penn Station to Sweet Apple- Teen and Adult Chorus
Sweet Apple Band- Teen Chorus
One Boy – Kim, Deborah Sue, Alice
One Boy (Reprise) – Rosie
Sweet Apple Station- Orchestra underscoring
Honestly Sincere – Conrad Birdie, Ursula, and Teenagers
Wounded- Ursula, Deborah Sue, and Margie
Hymn for a Sunday Evening – The MacAfee Family & Company
How to Kill a Man (Ballet) – Rosie, Albert, Company
TV Theme (Fanfare)- Orchestra
One Last Kiss – Conrad & Company
A Healthy, Normal, American Boy (Reprise, Act One Finale) – The Company
Entr’acte (Like the overtures, there are two Entr'actes. The main one, Entracte A, use stock footage of various forms of communication. The alternate one, Entracte B, simply has the teen trio again in the pit orchestra.)
What Did I Ever See in Him? – Rosie & Kim
What Did I Ever See in Him? (Underscore)- Orchestra
What Did I Ever See in Him? (Reprise)- Rosie
A Lot of Livin’ to Do – Conrad, Kim & Teenagers
Kids – Mr. And Mrs. MacAfee
Kids (Scene Change)- Orchestra
Baby, Talk to Me – Albert & Quartet
Transition to Shriner's - Orchestra
Shriner’s Ballet (dance) – Rosie & Shriners
Shriner's (Playoff)- Orchestra
Glory Hallelujah- Orchestra
Kids (Reprise) – Adults, Mr & Mrs Macafee, Randolph
Lamont Cranston to Ice House (Scene change)- Orchestra
Ice House Livin'- Teen Chorus
An English Teacher (Reprise)- Rosie
Spanish Rose – Rosie
Hand Car- Teen Chorus girls
Rosie – Rosie & Albert
Bows and Exit Music- Orchestra
The 2009 revival placed "Kids" after "What Did I Ever See in Him?", and "A Lot of Livin to Do" followed "Kids". Although the reprise of "Kids" was included, it was not listed in the playbill. A finale was added, featuring the song "Bye Bye Birdie" (written expressly for the 1963 movie version of Bye Bye Birdie) sung by the entire cast.
Albert Peterson, Conrad Birdie's manager
Rose "Rosie" Alvarez, his Spanish secretary and long suffering girlfriend
Conrad Birdie, a 1950s rock and roll star a la Elvis Presley
Kim MacAfee, a teenage girl from Sweet Apple, Ohio who is chosen to receive the 'one last kiss' from Conrad Birdie
Mr. MacAfee, Kim and Randolph's befuddled father whose one dream is realized when the family gets to appear on the Ed Sullivan Show
Mrs. MacAfee, Kim and Randolph's mother
Randolph MacAfee, Kim's younger brother
Hugo Peabody, Kim's boyfriend who doesn't like Conrad Birdie
Mrs. Mae Peterson, Albert's crazy mother who hates Rosie
Gloria Rasputin, the woman whom Mae Peterson tries to get Albert with
The Mayor, the mayor of Sweet Apple
The Mayor's Wife, his wife who is secretly a huge Conrad Birdie fan
Harvey Johnson, the town nerd, just can't seem to get a date
Ed Sullivan, the host of the Ed Sullivan Show; an unseen character
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Bye Bye Birdie (1960-04-Broadway Run)Type de série: Original
Théâtre: Broadway Run (Broadway - Etats-Unis) Durée : 1 an 5 mois 3 semaines Nombre : 607 représentationsPremière Preview : jeudi 14 avril 1960Première : jeudi 14 avril 1960Dernière : samedi 07 octobre 1961Mise en scène : Gower Champion • Chorégraphie : Gower Champion • Producteur : Commentaires longs: Martin Beck Theatre, (4/14/1960 - 10/22/1960)
54th Street Theatre, (10/24/1960 - 1/14/1961)
Shubert Theatre, (1/16/1961 - 10/7/1961)
Bye Bye Birdie (1960-04-Broadway Run-George Abbott Theatre-Broadway)Type de série: Original
Théâtre: George Abbott Theatre (Broadway - Etats-Unis)Durée : 2 mois 3 semaines Nombre : Première Preview : lundi 24 octobre 1960Première : lundi 24 octobre 1960Dernière : samedi 14 janvier 1961Mise en scène : Gower Champion • Chorégraphie : Gower Champion • Producteur : Commentaires longs: Martin Beck Theatre, (4/14/1960 - 10/22/1960) - 54th Street Theatre, (10/24/1960 - 1/14/1961) - Shubert Theatre, (1/16/1961 - 10/7/1961)
Bye Bye Birdie (1960-04-Broadway Run-Martin Beck Theatre-Broadway)Type de série: Original
Théâtre: Al Hirschfeld Theatre (Broadway - Etats-Unis)Durée : 6 mois 1 semaine Nombre : Première Preview : jeudi 14 avril 1960Première : jeudi 14 avril 1960Dernière : samedi 22 octobre 1960Mise en scène : Gower Champion • Chorégraphie : Gower Champion • Producteur : Commentaires longs: Martin Beck Theatre, (4/14/1960 - 10/22/1960) - 54th Street Theatre, (10/24/1960 - 1/14/1961) - Shubert Theatre, (1/16/1961 - 10/7/1961)
Bye Bye Birdie (1960-04-Broadway Run-Schubert Theatre-Broadway)Type de série: Original
Théâtre: Shubert Theatre (Broadway - Etats-Unis)Durée : 5 mois 3 semaines Nombre : Première Preview : lundi 16 janvier 1961Première : lundi 16 janvier 1961Dernière : lundi 10 juillet 1961Mise en scène : Gower Champion • Chorégraphie : Gower Champion • Producteur : Commentaires longs: Martin Beck Theatre, (4/14/1960 - 10/22/1960) - 54th Street Theatre, (10/24/1960 - 1/14/1961) - Shubert Theatre, (1/16/1961 - 10/7/1961)
Bye Bye Birdie (1961-06-Her Majesty's Theatre-London)Type de série: Original London
Théâtre: Her Majesty's Theatre (Londres - Angleterre) Durée : Nombre : 268 représentationsPremière Preview : InconnuPremière : jeudi 15 juin 1961Dernière : InconnuMise en scène : Gower Champion • Chorégraphie : Gower Champion • Producteur :
Bye Bye Birdie (1963-04-Film)Type de série: Film
Théâtre: *** Film (*** - ***) Durée : Nombre : Première Preview : jeudi 04 avril 1963Première : jeudi 04 avril 1963Dernière : jeudi 04 avril 1963Mise en scène : George Sidney • Chorégraphie : Producteur : Commentaires longs: Director George Sidney was so taken with the talent of Ann-Margret that when the film was edited he went to Columbia's executives and proposed the opening and closing bumpers that would showcase her. They refused to pay for any additional filming so Sidney rented the studio and crew at his own expense. He then asked the composers to come up with a title song. Ann-Margret's skirt-flipping/hair-tossing rendition of the song was filmed six months after principal photography was completed at a cost of $60,000, which was repaid to Sidney after the movie, and Ann-Margret, became a sensation.
Bye Bye Birdie (1995-??-Television)Type de série: Télévision
Théâtre: *** TV (*** - ***) Durée : Nombre : Première Preview : InconnuPremière : InconnuDernière : InconnuMise en scène : Gene Saks • Chorégraphie : Producteur : Commentaires longs: It starred Jason Alexander in the role of Albert and Vanessa L. Williams as Rosie. Tyne Daly played Albert's mother Mae Peterson. Marc Kudisch, who played Conrad Birdie on tour opposite Tommy Tune, reprised the role. Pop music singer Chynna Phillips played Kim MacAfee, Broadway veteran Sally Mayes played her mother, and George Wendt played her father Harry. While this version remained mostly faithful to the original musical, several songs were added and re-arranged, and dialogue was slightly rewritten to smoothly facilitate the musical changes. The title song "Bye Bye Birdie", written for the 1963 film and sung by Ann-Margret, is rearranged and rewritten as a quintet for a group of Sweet Apple girls at the soda shop. The verse of "One Boy" that Rosie sings was replaced with "Let's Settle Down". The song "Baby Talk to Me" returns to the show. Dialogue where Albert's mother Mae laments her fate was re-written into a song entitled "A Mother Doesn't Matter Anymore," and in "A Giant Step", Albert tells Rosie how he has finally broken free of his overbearing mother.
Bye Bye Birdie (2003-09-Landor Theatre-London)Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: Landor Theatre (Londres - Angleterre) Durée : 3 semaines Nombre : Première Preview : mardi 16 septembre 2003Première : mardi 16 septembre 2003Dernière : samedi 11 octobre 2003Mise en scène : Paul Tate • Chorégraphie : Richard Swerrun • Producteur : Avec : Spencer James (Conrad Birdie), Karl Clarkson (Albert Peterson), Theresa Lawrence (Rose Alvarez), Lisa Cassidy (Kim MacAfee), Carol Ball (Mae Peterson), Glenn MacNamara (Hugo Peabody), Paul Tate (Mr MacAfee), Lesley Lightfoot (Mrs MacAfee), Angus Jacobs, Mark DugdaleCommentaires : 42 years after its London premiere (which featured Marty Wilde as Conrad Birdie), the show was revived in a fringe venue.
Bye Bye Birdie (2004-05-New York City Center) Encores! ConcertType de série: Concert
Théâtre: New York City Center (Broadway - Etats-Unis) Durée : Nombre : Première Preview : InconnuPremière : jeudi 06 mai 2004Dernière : lundi 10 mai 2004Mise en scène : Jerry Zaks • Chorégraphie : Casey Nicholaw • Producteur :
Bye Bye Birdie (2008-10-Kennedy Center-Washington)Type de série: Concert
Théâtre: Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (Washington - Etats-Unis) Durée : Nombre : Première Preview : InconnuPremière : jeudi 02 octobre 2008Dernière : dimanche 05 octobre 2008Mise en scène : Lonny Price • Chorégraphie : Producteur : Commentaires longs: An abridged version of Bye Bye Birdie was presented at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, October 2–5, 2008, as part of its Broadway: Three Generations production. Laura Osnes played Kim and Leslie Kritzer played Rosie
Bye Bye Birdie (2009-09-Stephen Sondheim Theatre-Broadway)Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: Stephen Sondheim Theatre (Broadway - Etats-Unis) Durée : 3 mois 1 semaine Nombre : 40 previews - 117 représentationsPremière Preview : jeudi 10 septembre 2009Première : jeudi 15 octobre 2009Dernière : dimanche 24 janvier 2010Mise en scène : Robert Longbottom • Chorégraphie : Producteur : Commentaires longs: The Roundabout Theatre Company's limited-run Broadway revival began previews at Henry Miller's Theatre on September 10, 2009, opened to mostly negative reviews on October 15, 2009 and was scheduled to close January 10, 2010 before it was extended until April 25, 2010. However, due to poor advance sales after the expiration of lead actors John Stamos and Gina Gershon's contracts, the closing date was moved up to January 24, 2010.
Robert Longbottom was the director-choreographer, with John Stamos and Gina Gershon starring as Albert Peterson and Rosie Alvarez, Bill Irwin as Harry MacAfee, Jayne Houdyshell as Mrs. Mae Peterson, Nolan Gerard Funk as Conrad, Riley Costello as Herman Henkel, Allie Trimm as Kim MacAfee and Matt Doyle as Hugo Peabody. Although Longbottom spoke extensively about how the show was being revised and refined for the revival, there were no interpolations from the film or TV adaptations of the show barring the title tune written for the film, which was used as a finale.
Bye Bye Birdie (2009-10-Stephen Sondheim Theatre-Broadway)Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: Stephen Sondheim Theatre (Broadway - Etats-Unis) Durée : 3 mois 1 semaine Nombre : 40 previews - 117 représentationsPremière Preview : jeudi 10 septembre 2009Première : jeudi 15 octobre 2009Dernière : dimanche 24 janvier 2010Mise en scène : Robert Longbottom • Chorégraphie : Robert Longbottom • Producteur :
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