Starring: Bianca Marroquin (Rose), James Patterson (Albert), Eric Ulloa (Conrad Birdie), Ari Butler (Hugo Peabody), Madeleine Doherty (Doris Macafee), Mary-Pat Green (Mae Peterson), Alessa Neeck (Kim Macafee), Robert Saoud (Harry Macafee).
A production of the North Shore Music Theatre. Performed “in-the-round.” This video was filmed during the final dress rehearsal, so there is no audience present.
Filmed using a broadcast quality camera on a tripod. Crystal clear, with audio patched directly in. One small glitch: someone accidentally tripped over the cord to the camera during “Honestly Sincere”, so part of the song is missing. Disc also includes a highlight reel which was used for promotional purposes. Other than that small glitch, this is a flawless production.
Bye Bye Birdie is a stage musical with a book by Michael Stewart, lyrics by Lee Adams, and music by Charles Strouse.
Originally titled Let's Go Steady, the satire on American society is set in 1958. The story was inspired by the phenomenon of popular singer Elvis Presley and his draft notice into the Army in 1957. The rock star character's name, "Conrad Birdie," is word play on the name of Conway Twitty. Twitty is best remembered today for his long career as a country music star, but in the late 1950s, he was one of Presley's rock 'n' roll rivals.
The original Broadway production was a Tony Award-winning success. It spawned a London production and several major revivals, a sequel, a 1963 film and a 1995 television production. The show also became a popular choice for high school and college productions.
Run time: 117m
B&W / Color: Color