Bring Back Birdie


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 Varese Sarabande, Strouse Publishing and Strada Music Co.

  • Synopsis
  • Credits
  • Orchestration
  • Rehearsal Materials
  • Cast List
  • Brief History
  • Upcoming
  • 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.

  • Music by Charles Strouse
    Lyrics by Lee Adams
    Book by Michael Stewart

  • 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

    1 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
    Tom Tom
    Hi-Hat (“Sock”)
    Suspended Cymbals (2)
    Wood Block (2)
    Cow Bell

    1 Percussion:

    Timpani (2)
    Bells (Glockenspiel)
    Marimba (or Vibes)
    Roto Toms (2)
    Conga Drums
    Bongo Drums
    Temple Blocks
    Wood Block (2)
    Cowbell (2)
    Bell Tree
    Siren Whistle
    Police Whistle
    Slide Whistle

    Piano-Conductor’s Score sent with rehearsal material


    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

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

  • 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.

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

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