Bye Bye Birdie Casting Complete; Walton, Egan, Gearhart, Chase, Goble Join Revival

News   Bye Bye Birdie Casting Complete; Walton, Egan, Gearhart, Chase, Goble Join Revival Roundabout Theatre Company has announced complete casting for its new production of Bye Bye Birdie, to inaugurate Broadway's newest venue — Henry Miller's Theatre.
Patty Goble
Patty Goble

Tickets go on sale to the general public June 19. Previously announced for the Robert Longbottom-directed revival are rising Hollywood star Nolan Gerard Funk as the hip-swiveling Conrad Birdie; John Stamos ("ER," Nine) as his manager, Albert; Gina Gershon (Boeing-Boeing) as Albert's girlfriend Rosie; Tony Award winner Bill Irwin (Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?) as Harry MacAfee; Dee Hoty (Will Rogers Follies) as Mrs. MacAfee; and Jayne Houdyshell (Well) as Albert's mother, Mae; Allie Trimm (13) as bobby-soxer Kim MacAfee; Matt Doyle (Spring Awakening) as teen Hugo Peabody; Molly Ephraim (Fiddler on the Roof) as teen Ursula Merkle; and Jake Evan Schwencke as little brother Randolph MacAfee.

The complete cast (announced June 19) will include 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, Jillian Mueller, Paul Pilcz, Daniel Quadrino, Devin Richards, Emma Rowley, Tim Shew, Kevin Shotwell, Allison Strong, Jim Walton, Brynn Williams and Branch Woodman.

Longbottom (Side Show, Dreamgirls on tour in 2009) will direct and choreograph. Bye Bye Birdie, which has a book by Michael Stewart, music by Charles Strouse and lyrics by Lee Adams, will begin Sept. 10 toward an opening night of Oct. 15. This will be a limited engagement through Jan. 10, 2010.

Here's how Roundabout bills the American classic from 1960: "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'!"

Henry Miller's Theatre, a brand-new theatre theatre that retains the façade and the name of a historic theatre of the same location, is at 124 West 43rd Street. Bye Bye Birdie received the 1961 Tony Award for Best Musical and features such songs as "Put on a Happy Face," "Kids," "Spanish Rose," "Talk to Me," "The Telephone Hour" and "A Lot of Livin' to Do."

Bye Bye Birdie's design team includes Andrew Jackness (sets), Gregg Barnes (costumes), Ken Billington (lights), Acme Sound (sound) and David Chase (music supervisor).

Funk, a former gymnast, is heard on the hot-selling soundtrack for "Spectacular!" and has a song — "Break My Heart" — on the Billboard charts. He has made numerous guest-starring appearances on TV series including "The L Word," "Smallville," "Supernatural," "Lie to Me" and a recurring role on "Aliens in America." He most recently played an elitist prep school murderer on ABC's "Castle." He is a spokesperson for Nickelodeon's "The Big Green Help" and has publicly supported the charity organization Champions Against Bullying.

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

Tickets were available exclusively to American Express Card members beginning June 3 online at www.byebyebirdieonbroadway.com or by phone at (212) 239-6200. Ticket prices range from $86.50-$136.50.

Visit www.byebyebirdieonbroadway.com or call (212) 239-6200 for tickets.

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