Gray Skies Clear Up: Tickets to Bye Bye Birdie's First Preview Will Be $10

News   Gray Skies Clear Up: Tickets to Bye Bye Birdie's First Preview Will Be $10
Roundabout Theatre Company announced that Bank of America has made it possible for all tickets to the first performance of Bye Bye Birdie to be $10 each.

These tickets will only be available for purchase at the Henry Miller's Theatre box office, beginning at noon Aug. 10. The box office is located at 124 West 43rd Street. There is a limit of two tickets per person.

Bye Bye Birdie is the inaugural production of the new Henry Miller's Theatre, which is located in the new Bank of America Tower at One Bryant Park (the façade of the historic original theatre was retained). Performances begin Sept. 10 and the official opening is Oct. 15.

"Bank of America is committed to improving access to the arts for all New Yorkers and those who visit the city and want to experience our rich cultural heritage for themselves," stated Jeff Barker, Bank of America market president. "Now, more than ever, Americans are looking for ways to save and stretch every dollar. We hope that this offer will not only provide them with the incentive to be one of the first in New York to experience the new theatre and the performance, but support the local economy by taking in a Broadway show."

Roundabout artistic director Todd Haimes stated, "We are very grateful to Bank of America whose history with Roundabout stretches back to 1983. Bank of America has helped us through two challenging decades of growth, including our first move to Broadway and reaching our eventual home at the American Airlines Theatre. Their support of our education programs, in particular, has been vital in our efforts to provide services to tens of thousands of New York City public school students and teachers. It is significant that they are not only supporters of Roundabout but also many other performing arts organizations in New York City and across the country. They understand that the arts are important to the economies of the communities they serve and thus see investment in the arts as an important investment in those communities."

After a 48-year absence, Roundabout Theatre Company presents the first new Broadway production of Bye Bye Birdie as the inaugural production of the new Henry Miller's Theatre. Bye Bye Birdie will star John Stamos (Albert Peterson), Gina Gershon (Rose Alvarez) and Bill Irwin (Mr. Harry MacAfee) with Jayne Houdyshell (Mrs. Mae Peterson) and Dee Hoty (Mrs. MacAfee). The cast will also feature Matt Doyle (Hugo Peabody), Molly Ephraim (Ursula Merkle), Jake Evan Schwencke (Randolph MacAfee), Allie Trimm (Kim MacAfee) and as "Conrad Birdie," Nolan Gerard Funk. Robert Longbottom will direct and choreograph the book by Michael Stewart, music by Charles Strouse and lyrics by Lee Adams.

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 and features such songs as Put on A Happy Face," "Kids," "Spanish Rose," "The Telephone Hour" and "A Lot of Livin' To Do."

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