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Bring Back Birdie

Description

BRING BACK BIRDIE is the sequel to BYE BYE BIRDIE and takes place twenty years later. The rock singer, Conrad Birdie, disappeared from public life after he was discharged from the U.S. Army. Rosie and Albert are trying to locate him and convince him to make a comeback on a Grammy Awards TV broadcast.

Music samples provided courtesy of Varèse Sarabande, Strouse Publishing and Strada Music Co.

Full Details

Interview with composer Charles Strouse and lyricist Lee Adams

Synopsis

In this musical sequel to BYE BYE BIRDIE, it’s 20 years after Conrad Birdie left for the Army, and Rose and Albert, now married, have to find him again for an appearance on the Grammy Awards broadcast, while also contending with rebellious children and other calamities.

Credits

BRING BACK BIRDIE
Book by Michael Stewart
Music by Charles Strouse
Lyrics by Lee Adams

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The title page of the program shall contain the following announcement in type size at least one-half the size of the authors’ credits:

BRING BACK BIRDIE
is presented by arrangement with
TAMS-WITMARK MUSIC LIBRARY, INC.
560 Lexington Avenue, New York, New York 10022

Orchestration

Full Orchestration

1 Reed I: Piccolo, Flute, Alto Flute (or Clarinet), Soprano Saxophone (or Clarinet), Clarinet & Alto Saxophone
1 Reed II: Piccolo, Flute, Soprano Recorder (or Flute), Oboe (or Clarinet), English Horn (or Clarinet), Clarinet & Tenor Saxophone
1 Reed III: Flute (or Clarinet), Clarinet, Bass Clarinet & Baritone Saxophone

2 Trumpet I & II (both double Flugelhorn)
1 Trumpet III (doubles Flugelhorn)
1 Trombone I
1 Trombone II (with Bass attachment)

1 Bass: Acoustic Upright & Electric
1 Keyboard: Piano, Electric Piano & Synthesizer registrations
1 Guitar I: Acoustic & Electric Guitar, Banjo & Sitar
1 Guitar II: Acoustic & Electric

1 Drums:

Bass Drum
Snare Drum
Timbales
Tom Tom
Hi-Hat (“Sock”)
Suspended Cymbals (2)
Wood Block (2)
Cow Bell
Triangle

1 Percussion:

Timpani (2)
Bells (Glockenspiel)
Xylophone
Vibraphone
Marimba (or Vibes)
Roto Toms (2)
Conga Drums
Bongo Drums
Temple Blocks
Wood Block (2)
Cowbell (2)
Tambourine
Cabasa
Scraper
Shakers
Maracas
Castanets
Guiro
Slapstick
Ratchet
Triangle
Gong
Bell Tree
Siren Whistle
Police Whistle
Slide Whistle
Flexatone

Piano-Conductor’s Score sent with rehearsal material

AUXILIARY PERCUSSION:

Tpt. I: Tin can w/stick
Tpt. II: Cowbell & Scraper
Tbn. I: Tin can w/stick
Tbn. II: Scraper
Gtr. I: Tin can w/stick
Gtr. II: Cabasa, Slapstick
Stage: Finger Cymbals

Rehearsal Materials

1       Piano Conductor’s Score
1       Prompt Book for Director
28     Prompt Books for Cast
30     Chorus-Vocal Parts

Cast List

Rose Peterson
Albert Peterson
Jenny Peterson — daughter of Rose and Albert
Albert Peterson, Jr. — son of Rose and Albert
Mae Peterson/Delores Zepol — mother of Albert
Conrad Birdie/Mayor Townsend — rock star
Mr. N. Mtobe — private detective
Mr. Marshall — NBC lawyer
Effie — secretary to Mayor Townsend
Rose II — Mae’s candidate
Reverend Sun — cult leader
Hogan — landlord for Mtobe’s office
Walter — lead player with punk rock group “Filth”
Gary — Jenny’s Boyfriend

Punk Rock Group (quintet) “Filth,” Country Music Trio, Rock Back-up Singers “Birdie-ettes,” Twenties Back-up Men “Boyfriends,” Saffron Robed “Sunnies” — Followers of the Reverend Sun — The Tucson Tabernacle Choir, Voices: Woman’s Voice (Opening Storyteller), Stadium Loudspeaker Voice, TV Newscaster, Grammy Awards Announcer, Las Vegas Showgirls, Indian Squaw, Indian Brave, Cowboys, House Manager, Reporters, TV Crew — Cameraman and Technicians — Bus Terminal Denizens: Tourists, Bag Lady, Street Cleaner Demonstrators, Citizens Committee, Rock Concert Patrons, Kids and Adults of Forest Hills, New York and Bent River Junction, Arizona.

Brief History

BRING BACK BIRDIE premiered on Broadway in 1981 at the Martin Beck Theatre starring Chita Rivera, Donald O’Conner and Maurice Hines.