Bank of America has made it possible for $10 tickets to be available for the first performance of the new Roundabout Theatre Company Broadway revival of the classic musical comedy. Henry Miller's Theatre is located in the new Bank of America Tower at One Bryant Park (theatre entrance is 143 West 43rd Street, the location of the old Henry Miller's, which was razed for the new bank building; only the original façade remains).
Ticket buyers and fans of Bye Bye Birdie are invited to the Henry Miller's Theatre box office event on Aug. 10 to celebrate the opening of the box office, and:
Get the chance to receive an original Bye Bye Birdie Playbill from 1960 and have it autographed by Charles Strouse and Lee Adams. Tickets to Bye Bye Birdie are on sale through January 10, 2010.
Bye Bye Birdie is the inaugural production of the new Henry Miller's Theatre. Opening night is Oct. 15.
For more information about the show and the box-office opening, visit www.byebyebirdieonbroadway.com.
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 productions stars John Stamos, Gina Gershon, Bill Irwin, Jayne Houdyshell, Dee Hoty, Matt Doyle, Jake Evan Schwencke and Allie Trimm, plus Nolan Gerard Funk as Conrad Birdie, with ensemble 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.
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.
Bye Bye Birdie will play Tuesday through Saturday evening at 8 PM with Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2 PM.
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.