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BYE BYE BIRDIE is one of the most captivating musical shows of our time. It is a satire crafted with the fondest affection telling the story of a rock and roll singer who is about to be inducted into the army. An English Teacher, What Did I Ever See in Him?, Put on a Happy Face, One Boy, A Lot of Livin’ to Do, Kids, Rosie and Spanish Rose are musical theatre classics. This is the tops in imagination and good old-fashioned fun.
Music samples provided courtesy of Decca Broadway, Strouse Publishing and Strada Music Company.
Interview with composer Charles Strouse and lyricist Lee Adams
*Music samples courtesy of Decca Broadway, Strada Music Co. and Charles Strouse Music.
- Rehearsal Materials
- Cast List
- Brief History
BYE BYE BIRDIE is one of the most captivating musical shows of our time. It tells the story of a rock and roll singer who is about to be inducted into the army. The singer, Conrad Birdie, an Elvis Presley type, has a pompadour and thick sideburns; he wears gaudy gold costumes and speaks in a rugged voice. Albert Peterson, his agent, is a very pleasant mild mannered young man. Albert’s faithful secretary Rose Alvarez keeps him and Birdie moving forward in the world. Rosie concocts one final national publicity plan before Conrad’s induction.
Conrad will bid a typical American teen-age girl goodbye with an all-American kiss. Kim MacAfee in Sweet Apple, Ohio wins the honor. All of the phones in her town are already busy during The Telephone Hour as Kim has just been pinned to Hugo, a local boy. She is a pretty girl of fifteen and sings with spring like ardor How Lovely to Be a Woman, as she pulls on the plaid woolen socks and the baggy mustard colored sweater considered stylish and popular among young ladies.
The arrival of Birdie in Sweet Apple causes people of all ages to swoon. Birdie says that his success is due to the fact that he is Honestly Sincere when he sings, and the quiet little town goes into a spin. The MacAfee household is completely upset by the visiting celebrity. It is decided that Birdie will give his One Last Kiss on the Ed Sullivan show. Kim’s father who laments the whole uproar, tries to break into the act and behaves like a ham on the TV show. Hymn for a Sunday Evening is a salute to the greater glory of Ed Sullivan.
Birdie becomes disgusted with his life and goes out on the town with the teenagers. He feels tense with Albert and is tired of being supervised. The parents of Sweet Apple cannot understand the new generation and express this in Kids. Rosie, still waiting for that band of gold from Albert after eight years, invades a Shriners’ meeting. An extremely hilarious ballet ensues. She then decides to become the Latin American spitfire that she is painted as, by Albert’s lead-footed catastrophe-ridden mother. She is determined to become Spanish Rose. Kim is reunited with Hugo, and Rose with Albert in the lovely number Rosie. Other hit numbers include A Lot of Livin’ to Do and Put on a Happy Face.
BYE BYE BIRDIE is a satire done with the fondest affection. It gives an insight into the everyday life that is very much part of us all. It is the tops in imagination and frivolity; a show that will be enjoyed by the cast as much as the audience.
Book by Michael Stewart
Music by Charles Strouse
Lyrics by Lee Adams
Originally Produced by Edward Padula
1 Reed I: Alto Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute & Piccolo
1 Reed II: Alto Saxophone & Clarinet
1 Reed III: Tenor Saxophone, Clarinet
1 Reed IV: Clarinet, Bass Clarinet & Baritone Saxophone
1 Trumpets I & II
1 Trumpet III
1 Trombone I
1 Trombone II
2 Percussion I & II: (trap drum set & mallet instruments)
Timpani (2 drums)
Snare Drum Case
Trap drum set-
Snare Drum & Rack Tom
Wood Blocks (2)
Large Military Snare Drum
Kazoo (or Ratchet)
Both players use Piatti, Triangle and Ratchet
1 Guitar-Banjo (Banjo for “Overture A”; Electric Bass for “Telephone Hour” and “One Hundred Ways – Ballet” only)
Piano-Conductor’s Score sent with rehearsal material.
A special Keyboard Synthesizer part is available, when the complete orchestration is used, at an additional charge. It may be substituted for the 3 violin and 2 cello parts.
Optional additional materials are available (see list under Rehearsal Materials).
1 Piano Conductor’s Score
1 Prompt Book
24 Prompt Books
1 Original Cast CD
36 Vocal-Chorus Parts
Optional Additional Materials
1 Full Score (Partitur) in 4 volumes is available, at an additional charge, with the rental of the full orchestration. [SAMPLE]
1 Stage Manager’s Guide
3 Optional Additional Songs, from the 1995 television presentation:
“Spanish Rose (Revised)”
“Let’s Settle Down”
“A Mother Doesn’t Matter Anymore”
(4 female; 5 male)
Mr. MacAfee (Harry)
Mrs. MacAfee (Doris)
(8 female; 3 male)
Mrs. Mae Peterson
Bartender (member of Male Quartet)
Conrad’s Guitar Man (non-speaking)
Second Reporter (non-speaking)
From the Chorus (non-speaking)
2 Sad Girls (dancers)
Travelers (adult chorus)
Train Station Personnel
Sweet Apple Parents (adult chorus)
2 Drum Majorettes
TV Show Stage Crew:
2 Wardrobe Women
Dishwasher (member of Male Quartet)
First Customer (member of Male Quartet)
Second Customer (member of Male Quartet)
Quartet of Townspeople (men)
Sweet Apple Shriners (dancers)
Ed Sullivan (offstage)
2 Reporters (additional)
The original Broadway production had a cast of 47 performers, including chorus. Some doubling was employed in the minor parts.
BYE BYE BIRDIE opened on Broadway, April 14, 1960 and played for 607 performances at the Martin Beck Theatre (later at the 54th Street and the Shubert Theatres) starring Chita Rivera and Dick Van Dyke as Rose and Albert. The show played for 268 performances in London at Her Majesty’s Theatre. It was revived on Broadway in 2009 and played for 117 performances at Henry Miller’s Theatre.
4 Tony Awards for Musical, Director, Choreography and Featured Actor
The Outer Critics Circle Award for Musical
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Organization City, State First Performance Last Performance Ross Sheppard High School EDMONTON, AB 11/25/2014 11/28/2014 A. E. Peacock Collegiate MOOSE JAW, SK 12/04/2014 12/06/2014 Ransom-Everglades High School MIAMI, FL 12/04/2014 12/05/2014 Stony Brook Middle School Theatre Arts WESTFORD, MA 12/12/2014 12/13/2014 Franklin & Marshall College LANCASTER, PA 01/15/2015 01/17/2015 Little Theatre of Jefferson City JEFFERSON CITY, MO 01/15/2015 01/17/2015 Sam Rayburn High School PASADENA, TX 01/22/2015 01/24/2015 North Summit High School COALVILLE, UT 01/23/2015 01/26/2015 Geauga Lyric Theater Guild CHARDON, OH 01/23/2015 02/08/2015 Stratford High School HOUSTON, TX 01/29/2015 02/07/2015 James River High School MIDLOTHIAN, VA 01/29/2015 01/31/2015 Brenham High School BRENHAM, TX 01/29/2015 01/31/2015 Georgetown High School GEORGETOWN, TX 02/03/2015 03/07/2015 Needham High School NEEDHAM, MA 02/05/2015 02/07/2015 Mattituck High School MATTITUCK, NY 02/05/2015 02/07/2015 Pembroke High School PEMBROKE, MA 02/05/2015 02/07/2015 Clements High School SUGAR LAND, TX 02/05/2015 02/09/2015 South Anchorage High School ANCHORAGE, AK 02/11/2015 02/14/2015 Heavener High School HEAVENER, OK 02/12/2015 02/15/2015 Avon Old Farms School AVON, CT 02/12/2015 02/14/2015 Kitchener-Waterloo Musical Productions KITCHENER, ON 02/12/2015 02/21/2015 Southwest Playhouse CLINTON, OK 02/13/2015 02/22/2015 Oak Lawn Park District OAK LAWN, IL 02/13/2015 02/22/2015 Parkway South High School MANCHESTER, MO 02/19/2015 02/22/2015 Allatoona High School ACWORTH, GA 02/19/2015 02/21/2015 Arab High School ARAB, AL 02/19/2015 02/28/2015 Jewish Community Center of St. Paul ST. PAUL, MN 02/19/2015 02/22/2015 Indian Rocks Christian School LARGO, FL 02/20/2015 02/21/2015 New Berlin-Eisenhower High School NEW BERLIN, WI 02/20/2015 03/01/2015 Chula Vista H.S. for Creative/Perf Arts CHULA VISTA, CA 02/26/2015 03/07/2015 Clarkston High School CLARKSTON, MI 02/26/2015 02/28/2015 Emerald Ridge High School PUYALLUP, WA 02/26/2015 03/07/2015 Menlo-Atherton High School ATHERTON, CA 02/27/2015 03/07/2015 Glenlyon Norfolk High School VICTORIA, BC 03/04/2015 03/07/2015 Bartlett High School BARTLETT, TN 03/05/2015 03/07/2015 Bishop Ludden Jr./Sr. High School SYRACUSE, NY 03/05/2015 03/08/2015 Cedarville High School CEDARVILLE, OH 03/05/2015 03/07/2015 Central Valley Academy ILION, NY 03/05/2015 03/07/2015 Brunswick School GREENWICH, CT 03/06/2015 03/08/2015 McCutcheon High School LAFAYETTE, IN 03/06/2015 03/08/2015 Center Moriches High School CENTER MORICHES, NY 03/06/2015 03/08/2015 Bremerton High School BREMERTON, WA 03/06/2015 03/08/2015 Fort Defiance High School FORT DEFIANCE, VA 03/06/2015 03/08/2015 American School of Doha 03/10/2015 03/13/2015 Downriver Actors Guild WYANDOTTE, MI 03/12/2015 03/21/2015 Saranac Lake High School SARANAC LAKE, NY 03/12/2015 03/14/2015 Cherry Avenue Middle School TULARE, CA 03/12/2015 03/14/2015 Thomas Downey High School MODESTO, CA 03/13/2015 03/22/2015 Mount Vernon Community Childrens Theatre ALEXANDRIA, VA 03/13/2015 03/22/2015 Faith Lutheran Middle School Theatre LAS VEGAS, NV 03/13/2015 03/15/2015 Delaware Academy & Central School DELHI, NY 03/13/2015 03/15/2015 Lindero Canyon Middle School AGOURA HILLS, CA 03/13/2015 03/14/2015 Maynard High School MAYNARD, MA 03/14/2015 03/22/2015 Bird Middle School WALPOLE, MA 03/17/2015 03/20/2015 St. Mark's Episcopal School FT. LAUDERDALE, FL 03/19/2015 03/21/2015 San Clemente High School SOUTH COAST, CA 03/19/2015 03/28/2015 Roncalli High School MANITOWOC, WI 03/19/2015 03/22/2015 Pine Lake Preparatory School MOORESVILLE, NC 03/19/2015 03/29/2015 Louis M. Klein Middle School HARRISON, NY 03/19/2015 03/20/2015 Adirondack High School BOONVILLE, NY 03/19/2015 03/21/2015 Mount Carmel Area Jr. Sr. High School MT. CARMEL, PA 03/20/2015 03/21/2015 Oakland High School MURFREESBORO, TN 03/20/2015 03/22/2015 Mountain Ridge High School FROSTBURG, MD 03/20/2015 03/29/2015 St. Anne's School GARDEN CITY, NY 03/20/2015 03/22/2015 Soule Road Middle School LIVERPOOL, NY 03/20/2015 03/21/2015 Johnstown-Monroe High School JOHNSTOWN, OH 03/20/2015 03/22/2015 Candor Central School CANDOR, NY 03/21/2015 03/22/2015 Suwannee High School LIVE OAK, FL 03/25/2015 03/28/2015 Saguaro High School SCOTTSDALE, AZ 03/26/2015 03/28/2015 Newman Central Catholic High School STERLING, IL 03/26/2015 03/28/2015 Woodland Middle School EAST MEADOW, NY 03/26/2015 03/27/2015 Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School WASHINGTON, DC 03/27/2015 03/29/2015 Felix Bloch Erben BERLIN 04/01/2015 07/31/2016 Allentown Central Catholic High School ALLENTOWN, PA 04/09/2015 04/11/2015 Elgin High School MARION, OH 04/10/2015 04/12/2015 Napoleon High School NAPOLEON, OH 04/16/2015 04/18/2015 Arapahoe High School CENTENNIAL, CO 04/16/2015 04/18/2015 South Doyle High School KNOXVILLE, TN 04/16/2015 04/18/2015 Cairo-Durham High School CAIRO, NY 04/17/2015 04/19/2015 St. Catherine University ST. PAUL, MN 04/17/2015 04/19/2015 Pope John Paul II Catholic High School HUNTSVILLE, AL 04/17/2015 04/18/2015 Grace High School GRACE, ID 04/23/2015 04/25/2015 Menomonie High School MENOMONIE, WI 04/23/2015 05/01/2015 Franklin Academy WAKE FOREST, NC 04/24/2015 04/25/2015 Johnston High School JOHNSTON, IA 04/24/2015 04/26/2015 St. Petersburg Catholic High School ST. PETERSBURG, FL 04/30/2015 05/02/2015 Orchard Farm High School ST. CHARLES, MO 04/30/2015 05/02/2015 The British International School of NY NEW YORK, NY 04/30/2015 05/01/2015 Charleston High School CHARLESTON, IL 04/30/2015 05/02/2015 San Carlos Children's Theater SAN CARLOS, CA 05/01/2015 05/10/2015 Benson Little Theatre BENSON, NC 05/01/2015 05/03/2015 Granville High School GRANVILLE, OH 05/02/2015 05/03/2015 Assumption Jr/Sr High School COLD LAKE, AB 05/07/2015 05/08/2015 Richey Suncoast Theatre NEW PORT RICHEY, FL 05/14/2015 05/31/2015 Island Players SAINT SIMONS ISLAND, GA 05/15/2015 05/31/2015 Jefferson College HILLSBORO, MO 06/19/2015 06/27/2015 California Musical Theatre SACRAMENTO, CA 06/23/2015 06/28/2015 Honors Choirs of Southeast Minnesota ROCHESTER, MN 06/25/2015 06/28/2015 Queen Creek Performing Arts Center QUEEN CREEK, AZ 06/26/2015 06/29/2015 Wagon Wheel Theatre WARSAW, IN 07/01/2015 07/11/2015 Super Summer Theatre LAS VEGAS, NV 07/08/2015 07/25/2015 Mineral Area College PARK HILLS, MO 07/15/2015 07/18/2015 Maysville Players MAYSVILLE, KY 07/29/2015 08/02/2015 Leavenworth Parks & Recreation Dept. LEAVENWORTH, KS 07/31/2015 08/15/2015 Jonesborough Repertory Theatre JONESBOROUGH, TN 10/23/2015 11/08/2015 Drury Lane Productions, Inc. OAKBROOK TERRACE, IL 01/16/2016 03/20/2016 Chesapeake High School PASADENA, MD 03/15/2017 03/17/2017