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Encyclopedia > Bye Bye Birdie
Bye Bye Birdie
Original Broadway cast album
Music Charles Strouse
Lyrics Lee Adams
Book Michael Stewart
Productions 1960 Broadway
1961 West End
1963 film
1995 Television
Awards Tony Award for Best Musical

Bye Bye Birdie is a Tony Award-winning musical with a book by Michael Stewart, lyrics by Lee Adams, and music by Charles Strouse. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Charles Strouse, (born 7 June 1928), is an American composer and three-time winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical. ... Lee Adams (born August 14, 1924 in Mansfield, Ohio) is a Jewish-American lyricist best known for his collaboration with Charles Strouse in the musical theatre. ... Michael Stewart (1924 New York City- 1987), Jewish-American playwright and librettist. ... Year 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses of Broadway, see Broadway. ... Year 1961 (MCMLXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... West End theatre is a popular term for mainstream professional theatre in London, England, or sometimes more specifically for shows staged in the large theatres of Londons Theatreland. Along with New Yorks Broadway theatre, West End theatre is usually considered to represent the highest level of commercial theatre... Year 1963 (MCMLXIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full 1995 Gregorian calendar). ... // 1940s 1949 Kiss Me, Kate - Music and lyrics by Cole Porter, book by Bella and Samuel Spewack. ... What is popularly called the Tony Award (formally, the Antoinette Perry Award for Excellence in Theatre) is an annual award celebrating achievements in live American theater, including musical theater, primarily honoring productions on Broadway in New York. ... Musical theater (or theatre) is a form of theatre combining music, songs, dance, and spoken dialogue. ... Michael Stewart (1924 New York City- 1987), Jewish-American playwright and librettist. ... Lee Adams (born August 14, 1924 in Mansfield, Ohio) is a Jewish-American lyricist best known for his collaboration with Charles Strouse in the musical theatre. ... Charles Strouse, (born 7 June 1928), is an American composer and three-time winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical. ...

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Productions

Produced by Edward Padula and directed and choreographed by Gower Champion, the Broadway production opened on April 14, 1960 at the Martin Beck Theatre, transferring to the 54th Street Theatre and then the Shubert to complete its 607-performance run. The original cast included Dick Van Dyke, Chita Rivera, Dick Gautier, Susan Watson, Paul Lynde and Charles Nelson Reilly. Replacements later in the run included Gene Rayburn as Albert and Gretchen Wyler as Rose. Edward Padula (January 24, 1916 - November 1, 2001) was an American theatre producer, stage manager, and occasional director and writer. ... Choreography (also known as dance composition) is the art of making structures in which movement occurs, the term composition may also refer to the navigation or connection of these movement structures. ... Gower Champion was an American theatre director, choreographer, and dancer. ... April 14 is the 104th day of the year (105th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 261 days remaining. ... Year 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Martin Beck Theatre is a notable Broadway theatre in New York. ... This article is about the New York theater. ... The Shubert Theatre, 2006. ... Richard Wayne Dick Van Dyke (born December 13, 1925) is an Emmy-Award winning American actor of film, stage, and screen, comedian and dancer. ... A Dancers Life poster Chita Rivera (born January 23, 1933) is a Tony Award-winning American actress, dancer, and singer known for her musical theater roles. ... Richard Dick Gautier (born October 30, 1931 in Los Angeles, California, USA) is an actor, comedian, composer, singer and author, best known for his portrayal of Hymie the Robot in the television series Get Smart. ... Susan Watson (born December 17, 1938) is an American actress and singer. ... Paul Edward Lynde (June 13, 1926 — January 11, 1982) was an American comedian and actor. ... Charles Nelson Reilly (January 13, 1931–May 25, 2007) was an American actor, director and drama teacher known for his comedic roles in movies, childrens television, animated cartoons, and as a panelist on the game show Match Game. ... Gene Rayburn (December 22, 1917 – November 29, 1999) was an Emmy-nominated American radio and television personality. ... Gretchen Wyler was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on February 16, 1932 as Gretchen Patricia Wienecke. ...


Rivera reprised her role of Rosie opposite Peter Marshall as Albert and Marty Wilde as Conrad in the 1961 West End production, which ran for 268 performances. She also starred in an ill-fated 1981 sequel entitled Bring Back Birdie, which closed after four performances. Several people are named Peter Marshall: Peter Marshall (game show host) is an American singer and game show host, best known as the original master of The Hollywood Squares from 1966–1981. ... Marty Wilde (born Reginald Leonard Smith, April 15, 1939, in Greenwich, South London) is an English singer and songwriter. ... West End theatre is a popular term for mainstream professional theatre in London, England, or sometimes more specifically for shows staged in the large theatres of Londons Theatreland. Along with New Yorks Broadway theatre, West End theatre is usually considered to represent the highest level of commercial theatre... Bring Back Birdie is a musical with a book by Michael Stewart, lyrics by Lee Adams, and music by Charles Strouse. ...


Charles Nelson Reilly also understudied for Lynde and Van Dyke and appeared in their roles periodically throughout the play's original run. Charles Nelson Reilly (January 13, 1931–May 25, 2007) was an American actor, director and drama teacher known for his comedic roles in movies, childrens television, animated cartoons, and as a panelist on the game show Match Game. ...


Among those who have appeared in various productions of Bye Bye Birdie are Tommy Tune, Steve Zahn, Doris Roberts, Rue McClanahan, Gary Sandy, Randy Jones, Marc Kudisch, Rachel Bilson, Ann-Margret, Bobby Rydell, Jason Alexander, Vanessa L. Williams, Chynna Phillips, George Wendt, Gene Rayburn, and Tyne Daly. Thomas James Tune (born February 28, 1939) is a famous actor, dancer, singer, and choreographer. ... Steven James Zahn (born November 13, 1967) is an American comedian and actor of both film and stage. ... Doris May Roberts (b. ... Rue McClanahan (born Eddi Rue McClanahan on February 21, 1934 in Healdton, Oklahoma) is an Emmy Award-winning American actor, best known for her roles acting alongside Bea Arthur on the television sitcoms Maude and The Golden Girls. ... Gary Sandy as Andy Travis (with Jan Smithers as Bailey Quarters) on WKRP in Cincinnati Gary Sandy (born December 25, 1945 in Dayton, Ohio, USA) is an American actor best known for his starring role as program director Andy Travis on the classic TV sitcom, WKRP in Cincinnati. ... There are several notable people named Randy Jones: Randy Jones, the baseball pitcher. ... Marc Kudisch is an American stage actor. ... Rachel Sarah Bilson (born August 25, 1981)[1] is an American actress. ... Ann-Margret Ann-Margret (born April 28, 1941) is a Swedish-born actress and singer. ... Bobby Rydell 1998 Bobby Rydell (born Robert Louis Ridarelli, 26 April 1940 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an American teen idol from the early days of Rock and Roll. ... Jason Alexander (born Jason Scott Greenspan on September 23, 1959) is a Jewish American television, cinema and musical theatre actor, best known for his role as George Costanza on the hit television series Seinfeld. ... For other persons of the same name, see Vanessa Williams. ... Chynna Phillips (born February 12, 1968, Los Angeles, California), daughter of The Mamas & the Papas John and Michelle Phillips, was a member of the band Wilson Phillips. ... George Robert Wendt (born October 17, 1948) is an American actor best known for the role of Norm Peterson on the television show Cheers. ... Gene Rayburn (December 22, 1917 – November 29, 1999) was an Emmy-nominated American radio and television personality. ... Tyne Daly (born Ellen Tyne Daly on February 21, 1946 in Madison, Wisconsin) is an Emmy Award and Tony Award-winning American stage and screen actress. ...


Film adaptations

Original 1963 film poster

Bye Bye Birdie was first adapted to film in 1963. It starred Dick Van Dyke as Albert Peterson, Maureen Stapleton as Mama Mae Peterson, Janet Leigh as Rose DeLeon, Paul Lynde as Mr. MacAfee, Bobby Rydell as Hugo Peabody, and Ann-Margret as Kim MacAfee. The role of teen idol Conrad Birdie was played by Jesse Pearson. Ed Sullivan makes a substantial guest appearance. The flow of the story differs from the musical. The film is credited with making Ann-Margret a superstar during the mid-1960s, leading to her appearing with the real Elvis Presley in Viva Las Vegas. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Richard Wayne Dick Van Dyke (born December 13, 1925) is an Emmy-Award winning American actor of film, stage, and screen, comedian and dancer. ... Maureen Stapleton. ... Janet Leigh (July 6, 1927 – October 3, 2004), born Jeanette Helen Morrison, was an American actress. ... Ann-Margret Ann-Margret (born April 28, 1941) is a Swedish-born actress and singer. ... For other persons named Edward Sullivan, see Edward Sullivan (disambiguation). ... Viva Las Vegas (1964) is an American romantic musical motion picture co-starring American singers Elvis Presley and Ann-Margret. ...

1995 TV adaptation poster

Despite the film's box office success upon release, some critics claimed it made average use of the talents of Van Dyke and Leigh [citation needed]. Some praise the movie as a classic example of 1960s camp [citation needed], others claim average production values, rewriting of the script, changes in the musical score, and average choreography in some songs left a different story but with the same title [citation needed]. Neither Van Dyke nor Lynde cared much for the changes in the movie [citation needed], and Van Dyke reportedly asked friends not to see it [citation needed]. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Camp is an aesthetic in which something has appeal because of its bad taste or ironic value. ...


A new adaptation was made for television in 1995. It starred Jason Alexander of Seinfeld fame in the role of Albert Peterson and Grammy Award-nominated singer/actress Vanessa Williams as Rose Alvarez. Actress Tyne Daly played Albert's extravagant and over-bearing mother Mae Peterson. Broadway actor Marc Kudisch, who played Conrad Birdie on tour opposite Tommy Tune, reprised the role. 1980s pop music sensation Chynna Phillips played Kim MacAfee, and George Wendt played her father Harry. While this version remained mostly true to the original play, several songs were added, including "Let's Settle Down," "A Mother Doesn't Matter Anymore," and "A Giant Step." Jason Alexander (born Jason Scott Greenspan on September 23, 1959) is a Jewish American television, cinema and musical theatre actor, best known for his role as George Costanza on the hit television series Seinfeld. ... Seinfeld is an Emmy Award-winning, American sitcom that originally aired on NBC from July 5, 1989, to May 14, 1998, running a total of 9 seasons. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Vanessa Williams on the cover of her 2005 album Everlasting Love Vanessa Lynn Williams[1] (born March 18, 1963) is an American R&B/pop/theatrical singer and actress. ... Tyne Daly (born Ellen Tyne Daly on February 21, 1946 in Madison, Wisconsin) is an Emmy Award and Tony Award-winning American stage and screen actress. ... Marc Kudisch is an American stage actor. ... Thomas James Tune (born February 28, 1939) is a famous actor, dancer, singer, and choreographer. ... For other uses, see Pop music (disambiguation). ... Chynna Phillips (born February 12, 1968, Los Angeles, California), daughter of The Mamas & the Papas John and Michelle Phillips, was a member of the band Wilson Phillips. ... George Robert Wendt (born October 17, 1948) is an American actor best known for the role of Norm Peterson on the television show Cheers. ...


Synopsis

Albert finds himself in trouble when Conrad is drafted into the army, but Rosie comes up with a last-ditch publicity stunt to premiere one last hit Conrad Birdie record before he is sent to the army—and makes Albert promise to give up the music business and become an English teacher. They plan to have Conrad sing Peterson's new song "One Last Kiss" and give one lucky girl from his fan club a real "one last kiss" on The Ed Sullivan Show before heading off to basic training. The Ed Sullivan Show was an American television variety show that ran from June 20, 1948 to June 6, 1971, and was hosted by former entertainment columnist Ed Sullivan. ...


The lucky girl chosen randomly from Conrad's national fan club is Kim MacAfee from Sweet Apple, Ohio. Conrad, Albert, and Rosie set off to her house to prepare for the event. However, things do not go quite as planned; Kim's father becomes obsessed with the prospect of being on The Ed Sullivan Show alongside his daughter, Kim's boyfriend becomes disastrously jealous of Conrad, Albert's mother comes to break up Albert's relationship with Rosie, and Conrad himself becomes tired of show business and tries to teach the kids how to party, ultimately getting himself in trouble with their parents and the police. Official language(s) English de facto Capital Columbus Largest city Columbus Largest metro area Greater Cleveland Area  Ranked 34th  - Total 44,825 sq mi (116,096 km²)  - Width 220 miles (355 km)  - Length 220 miles (355 km)  - % water 8. ... Show business is a vernacular term for the business of entertainment. ...


Several significant changes were made in the plot and character relationships in the 1963 film version: Albert is not Birdie's agent but contributed to his initial success on some way, and therefore Birdie "owes" him a favor; Albert is a talented research chemist who Rosie is struggling as a songwriter only to please his overbearing mother; Albert has not written "One Last Kiss" when Rosie pitches the idea to Sullivan.


The film version of "A Lot Of Livin' To Do" features Pearson, Ann-Margret and Rydell in a colorful song-and-dance number that is staged to suggest that Kim and Hugo are trying to make each other jealous, but there is no suggestion during the number or after it that any under-age drinking or sexual activity is going on.


The film version also ends on a much brighter and lighter note. Hugo prevents the "last kiss" by running out on stage, punching Conrad, and knocking him out with a single punch "live" on The Ed Sullivan Show; in doing so he wins Kim's heart and the young couple is reunited. Albert's mother shows up with a man in tow, informs Albert and Rosie that she has married him, and gives Albert and Rosie her blessing for their long-postponed wedding.


The film then ends with Ann-Margret singing a slightly revised version of the title song: "Bye bye, Birdie, the Army's got you now..."


There is no suggestion that Conrad got tired of show business, or that he suffered anything other than the embarrassment of being knocked out before a "live" audience of millions of viewers of The Ed Sullivan Show.


Original Broadway cast

Richard Wayne Dick Van Dyke (born December 13, 1925) is an Emmy-Award winning American actor of film, stage, and screen, comedian and dancer. ... A Dancers Life poster Chita Rivera (born January 23, 1933) is a Tony Award-winning American actress, dancer, and singer known for her musical theater roles. ... Richard Dick Gautier (born October 30, 1931 in Los Angeles, California) is an actor, comedian, composer, singer and author, best known for his portrayal of Hymie the Robot in the television series Get Smart. ... Paul Edward Lynde (June 13, 1926 — January 11, 1982) was an American comedian and actor. ... Kay Medford (September 14, 1914 - April 10, 1980), was an Oscar-nominated American character actress from New York. ... Michael J. Pollard (born Michael J. Pollack, May 30, 1939 in Passaic, New Jersey) is an actor. ... Charles Nelson Reilly (January 13, 1931–May 25, 2007) was an American actor, director and drama teacher known for his comedic roles in movies, childrens television, animated cartoons, and as a panelist on the game show Match Game. ...

Song list

Act I
  • Overture
  • An English Teacher
  • The Telephone Hour
  • How Lovely To Be A Woman
  • Put On A Happy Face
  • A Healthy, Normal, American Boy
  • One Boy
  • Honestly Sincere
  • Hymn For A Sunday Evening
  • One Hundred Ways Ballet (dance only)
  • One Last Kiss
Act II
  • Entr'acte
  • What Did I Ever See In Him?
  • A Lot Of Livin' To Do
  • Kids
  • Baby, Talk To Me
  • Shriner's Ballet (dance only)
  • Kids (Reprise)
  • Spanish Rose
  • Rosie
  • Finale

Cast and other recordings

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Awards and nominations

  • Tony Award for Best Musical (winner)
  • Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical (Van Dyke, winner; Gautier, nominee)
  • Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical (Rivera, nominee)
  • Tony Award for Best Scenic Design for a Musical (nominee)
  • Tony Award for Best Choreography (winner)
  • Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical (winner)
  • Tony Award for Best Conductor and Musical Director (nominee)

Trivia

  • The film version ranked number 38 on Entertainment Weekly's list of the 50 Best High School Movies.
  • In the Xena musical episode Lyre Lyre Hearts on Fire, the opening number is a parody of "The Telephone Hour".
  • Bye Bye Birdie is often parodied on cartoons, including a "Telephone Hour" parody in Family Guy episode "Petarded", and a "Kids" parody in The Simpsons episode "Wild Barts Can't Be Broken".
  • "Telephone Hour" was used in an episode of The Daily Show to explain the Valerie Plame Scandal.
  • Put on a Happy Face has been used in various television commercials, including for Wal-Mart in the 2000s for an advertising campaign with its smiley logo and in the early 1970s for a Kool-Aid commercial featuring a very young Jimmy Osmond. However, another use for Put on a Happy Face was in the BBC television programme Keeping Up Appearances. In that show's Christmas special "Sea Fever", the song is used as dance music aboard the QE2 when Hyacinth Bucket finds out that her brother-in-law Onslow won a cruise from horse racing.
  • The song Put On A Happy Face was also used for a cold sore medicine commercial. Instead of "Grey Skies Are Gonna Clear Up", the jingle ran, "Cold Sores Are Gonna Clear Up..."
  • Bye, Bye, Birdie was mentioned in the Disney Channel Original Series, The Suite Life of Zack and Cody. In the episode, "Birdman of Boston", Mr. Moseby was furious that the hawk ruined an engagement at the Tipton Hotel Restaurant. Patrick Bristow, the waiter, starts talking about Bye Bye Birdie once Mr. Moseby says that the hawk is going away. Patrick starts rambling on about the musical, highlighting "The Telephone Hour" number.
  • A parody of Bye, Bye, Birdie was done in the animated show Home Movies in the third episode of the fourth season called Bye Bye Greasy. The episode involved the main characters directing and performing in a school play named Bye Bye Greasy. The plot of the play featured a mix of other works including Grease, and Rebel Without A Cause.

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Awards
Preceded by
The Sound of Music
Tony Award for Best Musical
1961
Succeeded by
How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
Preceded by
Fiorello!

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