Funk, Trimm, Hoty, Doyle Will Put on a Happy Face in Broadway's Birdie Revival

News   Funk, Trimm, Hoty, Doyle Will Put on a Happy Face in Broadway's Birdie Revival
 
Rising Hollywood star Nolan Gerard Funk, of the Nickelodeon TV movie "Spectacular!," will be the hip-swiveling Conrad Birdie in Roundabout Theatre Company's new fall production of the Tony Award-winning musical Bye Bye Birdie.
Dee Hoty, Nolan Gerard Funk, Allie Trimm and Matt Doyle
Dee Hoty, Nolan Gerard Funk, Allie Trimm and Matt Doyle

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.

Robert 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.

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."

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 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.

To become a Roundabout subscriber visit www.roundabouttheatre.org or call Roundabout Ticket Services (212)719-1300.

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