Birdie in Rehearsal for First Broadway Revival

News   Birdie in Rehearsal for First Broadway Revival The cast of the Roundabout Theatre Company's new Broadway production of Bye Bye Birdie began rehearsals July 28 toward a first preview of Sept. 10 and an opening of Oct. 15. It will inuagurate Broadway's newest house — Henry Miller's Theatre.
Gina Gershon and John Stamos
Gina Gershon and John Stamos

Robert Longbottom directs and choreographs the sweetly satiric 1960 musical about an Elvis-like singer who is about to go into the Army — and how the milestone impacts both his manager (Albert, played by John Stamos) and all of teen-age America.

Michael Stewart penned the book, Charles Strouse wrote the music and Lee Adams penned the lyrics. The score's famous hit is "Put On a Happy Face."

The complete cast, including some newly announced company members not previously reported, follows. The productions stars John Stamos, Gina Gershon, Bill Irwin, Jayne Houdyshell Dee Hoty, Matt Doyle, Jake Evan Schwencke and Allie Trimm, plus Nolan Funk as Conrad Birdie, with emsemble members Catherine Blades, Deanna Cipolla, Paula Leggett Chase, Riley Costello, John Treacy Egan, Colleen Fitzpatrick, Todd Gearhart, Patty Goble, Suzanne Grodner, Robert Hager, Nina Hennessey, Natalie Hill, Julia Knitel, Jess Le Protto, David McDonald, JC Montgomery, Jillian Mueller, Paul Pilcz, Daniel Quadrino, Emma Rowley, Tim Shew, Kevin Shotwell, Allison Strong, Jim Walton, Brynn Williams and Branch Woodman.

This will be a limited engagement through Jan. 10, 2010.

Gershon plays Rose Alvarez, Irwin is Mr. Harry MacAfee, Houdyshell is Mrs. Mae Peterson, Hoty is Mrs. MacAfee, Doyle is Hugo Peabody, Schwencke is Randolph MacAfee, Trimm is Kim MacAfee. Bye Bye Birdie's design team includes Andrew Jackness (sets), Gregg Barnes (costumes), Ken Billington (lights), Acme Sound Partners (sound), Howard Werner (projections), David Holcenberg (musical director), Howard Joines (musical coordinator), David Brian Brown (hair and wigs), Jonathan Tunick (orchestrations) and David Chase (music supervisor).

Here's how Roundabout characterizes the Tony Award winning Bye Bye Birdie: "In Bye Bye Birdie, the exuberant rock 'n' roll musical comedy, it's 1960 and hip-swingin' teen idol superstar Conrad Birdie (Funk) has been drafted into the Army. Birdie's manager Albert (Stamos) and his secretary Rosie (Gershon) have cooked up a plan to send him off with a swell new song and one last kiss from a lucky teenage fan… on 'The Ed Sullivan Show'!"

Bye Bye Birdie received the 1961 Tony Award for Best Musical.

Tickets are available online at www.byebyebirdieonbroadway.com or by phone at (212)239-6200. Ticket prices range from $86.50 - $136.50. To become a Roundabout subscriber visit www.roundabouttheatre.org or call Roundabout Ticket Services (212)719-1300.

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All tickets for the first preview performance on Sept. 10 will be $10, made possible through the support of Bank of America. These tickets will only be available for purchase at the Henry Miller's Theatre box office, beginning at noon Aug. 10.

Bye Bye Birdie will play Tuesday through Saturday evening at 8 PM with Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2 PM.

Lee Adams, Gina Gershon, Robert Longbottom, Charles Strouse and John Stamos
Lee Adams, Gina Gershon, Robert Longbottom, Charles Strouse and John Stamos