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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.
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- 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.
Also available, at an additional charge: Full Orchestra Score (Partitur) in 4 volumes.
1 Piano Conductor’s Score
1 Prompt Book
24 Prompt Books
1 Original Cast CD
36 Vocal-Chorus Parts
Optional Additional Materials
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 Township of Randolph Parks & Recreation RANDOLPH, NJ 10/10/2014 10/26/2014 Arts Council of Wilson WILSON, NC 10/15/2014 10/26/2014 Sikeston Little Theatre SIKESTON, MO 10/16/2014 10/26/2014 Contra Costa Musical Theatre WALNUT CREEK, CA 10/17/2014 11/15/2014 Laredo Community College LAREDO, TX 10/17/2014 10/26/2014 SRO Theatre Company COLUMBUS, OH 10/24/2014 11/02/2014 Clearview Community Theatre STAYNER, ON 10/24/2014 11/01/2014 Hutchinson High School HUTCHINSON, MN 10/29/2014 11/02/2014 Norman North High School NORMAN, OK 10/30/2014 11/01/2014 Cambridge High School CAMBRIDGE, NE 10/30/2014 11/01/2014 Hockaday School DALLAS, TX 10/31/2014 11/02/2014 Apple Valley High School APPLE VALLEY, MN 11/06/2014 11/09/2014 First Church in Belmont BELMONT, MA 11/06/2014 11/09/2014 Hibbing High School HIBBING, MN 11/06/2014 11/08/2014 Lakeridge High School LAKE OSWEGO, OR 11/06/2014 11/15/2014 Kitsap Children's Musical Theatre POULSBOW, WA 11/06/2014 11/16/2014 Black Cat Theater CHICOPEE, MA 11/06/2014 11/09/2014 Alta-Aurelia Community High School ALTA, IA 11/07/2014 11/09/2014 Footlight Club JAMAICA PLAIN, MA 11/07/2014 11/22/2014 Oelwein High School OELWEIN, IA 11/07/2014 11/08/2014 Watertown High School WATERTOWN, WI 11/07/2014 11/09/2014 Clintonville Sr. High School CLINTONVILLE, WI 11/07/2014 11/09/2014 Metropolitan Performing Arts Academy VANCOUVER, WA 11/08/2014 11/16/2014 St. Catherine's School RICHMOND, VA 11/12/2014 11/15/2014 St. Michael-Albertville High School ST. MICHAEL, MN 11/13/2014 11/16/2014 Essex High School ESSEX JUNCTION, VT 11/13/2014 11/15/2014 Oconto Falls High School OCONTO FALLS, WI 11/13/2014 11/16/2014 Mead High School SPOKANE, WA 11/13/2014 11/22/2014 Horton High School HORTON, KS 11/14/2014 11/15/2014 Clinton High School CLINTON, WI 11/14/2014 11/16/2014 Notre Dame Preparatory School TOWSON, MD 11/14/2014 11/16/2014 Lakehill Preparatory School DALLAS, TX 11/14/2014 11/16/2014 Richmond High School RICHMOND, MI 11/14/2014 11/16/2014 Elkhart High School ELKHART, KS 11/14/2014 11/15/2014 Lisbon High School LISBON, IA 11/14/2014 11/15/2014 North Hall High School GAINESVILLE, GA 11/18/2014 11/20/2014 Casey-Westfield High School CASEY, IL 11/20/2014 11/23/2014 Chippewa Valley High School CLINTON TOWNSHIP, MI 11/20/2014 11/22/2014 Cloquet Senior High School CLOQUET, MN 11/20/2014 11/23/2014 Lincoln High School YPSILANTI, MI 11/20/2014 11/23/2014 Notre Dame Preparatory School PONTIAC, MI 11/20/2014 11/23/2014 St. James Academy LENEXA, KS 11/20/2014 11/22/2014 Authentic Community Theatre, Inc. HAGERSTOWN, MD 11/21/2014 11/23/2014 Scarsdale High School SCARSDALE, NY 11/21/2014 11/23/2014 Monrovia High School MONROVIA, IN 11/22/2014 11/24/2014 Ross Sheppard High School EDMONTON, AB 11/25/2014 11/28/2014 Claresholm Society of the Arts CLARESHOLM, AB 11/28/2014 12/07/2014 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 Little Theatre of Jefferson City JEFFERSON CITY, MO 01/15/2015 01/17/2015 North Summit High School COALVILLE, UT 01/23/2015 01/26/2015 James River High School MIDLOTHIAN, VA 01/29/2015 01/31/2015 Brenham High School BRENHAM, TX 01/29/2015 01/31/2015 Stratford High School HOUSTON, TX 01/29/2015 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 Needham High School NEEDHAM, MA 02/05/2015 02/07/2015 Mattituck High School MATTITUCK, NY 02/05/2015 02/07/2015 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 Arab High School ARAB, AL 02/19/2015 02/28/2015 Parkway South High School MANCHESTER, MO 02/19/2015 02/22/2015 New Berlin-Eisenhower High School NEW BERLIN, WI 02/20/2015 03/01/2015 Clarkston High School CLARKSTON, MI 02/26/2015 02/28/2015 Leavenworth Parks & Recreation Dept. LEAVENWORTH, KS 02/27/2015 03/14/2015 Fort Defiance High School FORT DEFIANCE, VA 03/06/2015 03/08/2015 McCutcheon High School LAFAYETTE, IN 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 Faith Lutheran Jr. Sr. High School LAS VEGAS, NV 03/13/2015 03/15/2015 Lindero Canyon Middle School AGOURA HILLS, CA 03/13/2015 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 Johnstown-Monroe High School JOHNSTOWN, OH 03/20/2015 03/22/2015 Oakland High School MURFREESBORO, TN 03/20/2015 03/22/2015 Suwannee High School LIVE OAK, FL 03/25/2015 03/28/2015 Newman Central Catholic High School STERLING, IL 03/26/2015 03/28/2015 Felix Bloch Erben BERLIN 04/01/2015 07/31/2016 Allentown Central Catholic High School ALLENTOWN, PA 04/09/2015 04/11/2015 Arapahoe High School CENTENNIAL, CO 04/16/2015 04/18/2015 St. Catherine University ST. PAUL, MN 04/17/2015 04/19/2015 Franklin Academy WAKE FOREST, NC 04/24/2015 04/25/2015 The British International School of NY NEW YORK, NY 04/30/2015 05/01/2015 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 Spotlight Youth Theater CARY, IL 05/07/2015 05/17/2015 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 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 Drury Lane Productions, Inc. OAKBROOK TERRACE, IL 01/16/2016 03/20/2016