Bring Back Birdie

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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.

Interview with composer Charles Strouse and lyricist Lee Adams

  • Credits
  • Orchestration
  • Rehearsal Materials
  • Brief History
  • 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
    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

  • 1       Piano Conductor’s Score
    1       Prompt Book
    28     Dialogue Parts
    35     Chorus-Vocal Parts

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