Full Orchestra to Play Bye Bye Birdie's Original Charts at Lyric Stage

News   Full Orchestra to Play Bye Bye Birdie's Original Charts at Lyric Stage
Charles Strouse and Lee Adams' 1960 musical Bye Bye Birdie will find its original groove in Texas. The Lyric Stage of Irving will utilize Robert Ginzler’s original Broadway orchestrations for its June production.

Lyric Stage, which has presented productions of The King and I and Carousel utilizing the restored original orchestrations, will employ a 31-piece orchestra to perform Birdie's groovy rock score.

The Texas production marks only the second time Ginzler's original orchestrations have been heard since the original 1960 Broadway run of Birdie. New York City Center Encores! also utilized the original charts for its 2004 production.

Cheryl Denson will direct the June 18-27 run that will have music direction by Jay Dias and choreography by Ann Nieman.

The cast will feature Steve Barcus as Albert and Catherine Carpenter Cox as Rosie, as well as Mary McElree (Kim), Mike Gallagher (Mr. McAfee), Wendy Welch (Mrs. McAfee), Chet Monday (Randolph). Daniel Johnson (Conrad Birdie), Charlotte Franklin (Mae Peterson) and Lee Jamison Wadley (Gloria Rasputin).

The ensemble includes Eric Aultman, Alex Aultschuler, Felecia Benton, Meredith Cole, Ryan Cowles, Vicki Dean, Dayton Spencer Dobbs, Eric Domuret, Caitlin Galloway, Graham Galloway, Katharine Gentsch, Ben Giddings, Martin Guerra, Babs Ipaye, Emily Jackson, Cameron Kirkpatrick, MacKenzie Orr, Kristi Rowen, Lindsay Sawyer, Ty Taylor, Raleigh Tyler, John Venerable and James Williams. Designing Birdie will be Julie Simmons Moroney (lighting design), Drenda Lewis (costume design), Chris Potter (scenic design) and Bill Eickenloff (sound design).

Bye Bye Birdie has a score by Adams and Strouse and a book by Michael Stewart. The original Broadway production starred Dick Van Dyke and Chita Rivera and ran 607 performances, earning the Tony Award for Best Musical. The Roundabout Theatre Company recently presented a short-lived revival of the tuner with John Stamos and Gina Gershon in the lead.

Here's how Lyric Stage bills the musical: "Inspired by Elvis Presley’s Army draft, Bye Bye Birdie tells the tale of hip-swingin' teen idol superstar Conrad Birdie’s farewell performance before reporting for duty. Birdie's manager Albert and his secretary Rosie 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!'"

For tickets phone (972) 252-2787 or visit LyricStage.

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