"Bye Bye Birdie" Opens on Broadway

Friday, October 16, 2009

The 1960s musical “Bye Bye Birdie” opened last night on Broadway for the first time in almost 50 years.

The play first went on Broadway in 1960, and tells the tale of a rock singer, Conrad Birdie, who travels to a small Ohio town to make a farewell  television performance before he is drafted. Janet Leigh, Dick Van Dyke and most notably Ann-Margret starred in the 1963 film production by the same name. Songs include "What's the Matter with Kids Today," "Bye Bye Birdie," "The Telephone Song (Going Steady)," and "We love you Conrad," according to IMDb.

The Roundabout Theatre Company is putting on the Broadway remake of “Bye Bye Birdie” at Henry Miller's Theater at 124 West 43rd Street, between Broadway and 6th Avenue.

The play stars John Stamos as Albert Peterson, Gina Gershon as Rose Alvarez and Bill Irwin as Mr. Harry MacAfee. Mrs. Mae Peterson is played by Jayne Houdyshell and Mrs. MacAfee is played by Dee Hoty. Nolan Gerard Funk will play Conrad Birdie. It's Funk's Broadway debut.

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