Ulloa confirmed the casting to Playbill.com. The actor will join the previously announced Bianca Marroquin (Chicago, The Pajama Game) as Rose Alvarez and James Patterson (State) as Albert Peterson. Birdie will play the North Shore July 15-Aug. 3.
The North Shore Music Theatre's 2008 season will kick off May 13 with the award-winning Mel Brooks-Thomas Meehan musical, The Producers.
Eric Ulloa has been seen as Jacob in Shenandoah (Human Race Theatre), Perchik in Fiddler on the Roof (Fulton Opera), Anselmo in Man of La Mancha (North Carolina Theatre), Patrick opposite Sandy Duncan in Mame (Barrington Stage), Hero in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Cincinnati Playhouse/St. Louis Rep), Smudge in Forever Plaid (Riverside Theatre) and Young Ben in Follies (Barrington Stage). Ulloa holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from the University of Central Florida Conservatory of Theatre and is member of Actors Equity.
Bye Bye Birdie features a book by Michael Stewart, music by Charles Strouse and lyrics by Lee Adams. The musical debuted on Broadway April 14, 1960, at the Martin Beck Theatre, running 607 performances on The Great White Way before closing Oct. 7, 1961. Gower Champion directed and choreographed the production starring Chita Rivera and Dick Van Dyke. The production won the 1961 Tony Award for Best Musical as well as Tonys for Featured Actor (Van Dyke), Producer (Edward Padula), Director, Choreographer and Author.
The musical — set mainly in the small town of Sweet Apple, Ohio — features songs such as "The Telephone Hour," "How Lovely to Be a Woman," "Spanish Rose" and "Put on a Happy Face."
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