Joining the already-announced John Stamos ("ER," Nine), Gina Gershon (Boeing-Boeing), Tony winner Bill Irwin (Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, the current Roundabout Waiting for Godot) and Tony nominee Jayne Houdyshell (Well, Wicked) in the principal cast for the revival production — to play Henry Miller's Theatre, Roundabout's new Broadway home — will be Allie Trimm (13) as bobby-soxer Kim MacAfee, Tony nominee Dee Hoty (The Will Rogers Follies) as Mrs. 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.
Preview performances 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 thei name of a historic theatre of the same location, is at 124 West 43rd Street. Additional company members and will be announced shortly.
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."
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 will be 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.
The public on-sale begins June 19. Visit www.byebyebirdieonbroadway.com or call (212) 239-6200 for tickets.
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