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The story was inspired by the phenomenon of popular singer Elvis Presley and his draft notice into the Army in The rock star character's name, "Conrad Birdie", is word play on the name of Conway Twitty. The original — Broadway production was a Tony Award —winning success.
It spawned a London production and several major revivals, a sequel, a filmand a television production. The show also became a popular choice for high school and college productions. The producer Edward Padula had the idea for a musical initially titled Let's Go Steadya "happy teenage musical with a difference".
Padula contracted with two writers, and Charles Strouse and Lee Adams wrote seven songs for their libretto. Fred Astaire and Morton DaCosta had already declined. However, Champion did not like the book and the writers were fired, with Michael Stewart then hired. Stewart wrote an early version titled Love and Kisseswhich focused on a couple thinking of divorce, but whose children persuade them to stay together.
Champion wanted "something more". Rock-and-roll idol Elvis Presley was drafted into the Mama Mokum - Ramses Shaffy - Hollands Glorie in September and soon left the US for eighteen months in Germany, provoking a media circus that included Elvis giving a specially selected member of the Women's Army Corps 'one last kiss'. The name of the singer initially was 'Ellsworth', which was soon changed to 'Conway Twitty' before we discovered there was already a Conway Twitty who was threatening to sue us, and then, finally, 'Conrad Birdie'".
New York—based Dick Van Dyke Albert Peterson finds himself in trouble when his client, hip-thrusting rock and roll superstar and teen idol Conrad Birdie, is drafted into the Armyleaving his heavily indebted firm in jeopardy. Albert's secretary, Rose "Rosie" Alvarez, comes up with a last-ditch publicity stunt to have Conrad Birdie record and perform a song before he is sent overseas.
Having long been stuck in a sort of romantic limbo for eight years, she longs for the Albert she once knew, an aspiring English teacher, before he wrote Conrad Birdie's first hit and abandoned those plans to pursue the seedier music industry "An English Teacher". Rose's plan is to have Birdie sing "One Last Kiss" a song she assigns Albert to write on the spot and give one lucky girl, chosen randomly from his fan club, a real "last kiss" on The Ed Sullivan Show before going into the Army.
Kim reflects on how happy she is with her maturity, believing at 15 she has fully reached adulthood "How Lovely to Be a Woman". She quits the Conrad Birdie fan club over Honestly Sincere - Bye Bye Birdie Original Broadway Cast With Chita Rivera phone because of the new milestone happening in her life. Her best friend Ursula is shocked. Kim reconsiders when, after a lengthy phone conversation with Ursula, she receives the phone call telling her Dick Van Dyke has been chosen to be Birdie's last kiss before going into the armed forces.
A crowd of teenage girls sees them off at the New York City train station, although one girl is sad because she thinks that by the time Conrad gets out of the army, she will be too old for him. Albert advises her to be optimistic "Put on a Happy Face". Soon, tabloid reporters arrive with questions about the seedy details of Conrad's personal life, but Rosie, Albert, and the girls answer for him, hoping to protect his reputation and bankability "Normal American Boy".
Conrad receives a hero's welcome in Sweet Apple, and Hugo worries that Kim likes Conrad more than she likes him, but Kim assures Hugo that he is the only one she loves "One Boy". Conrad shocks the town's parents and drives Honestly Sincere - Bye Bye Birdie Original Broadway Cast With Chita Rivera teenage girls crazy with his performance of "Honestly Sincere", which causes all of the girls including Edna, the mayor's wife to faint. Conrad becomes Honestly Sincere - Bye Bye Birdie Original Broadway Cast With Chita Rivera guest in the MacAfee house and irritates Kim's father, Harry, by being rude and selfish.
Albert's overbearing mother, Mae, comes to Sweet Apple to break up her son's relationship with Rosie she objects to Rosie's Hispanic heritage. She introduces Albert to Gloria Rasputin, a curvy blonde she met on the bus Paul Lyn could replace Rosie as his secretary. Gloria, a tap dancer, secretly hopes that a connection with Albert could be her way into show business.
Mae sings " Swanee River " as Gloria tap-dances usually depicted as her making a fool of herself. Albert gives Gloria a typing job. Rosie is furious and fantasizes about violent ways to murder Albert "One Hundred Ways Ballet"but instead comes up with a better idea: she convinces Hugo to sabotage the last kiss. On the broadcast, Conrad sings "One Last Kiss" and as he leans in to kiss Kim, Hugo runs onstage and punches him in the face, knocking Conrad unconscious.
Rosie dumps Albert, and Albert, trying to cover for the mishaps of the evening, leads a chorus of "Normal American Boy". Conrad, with no visible effects from Paul Lyn knocked out, decides he wants to go out and have a good time on his Backstabber - Eminem - Unreleased Collection night as a civilian, and encourages the Sweet Apple teens to party "A Lot of Livin' to Do".
Kim sneaks out of her house and joins her friends. Conrad, Kim, and all the teenagers, except Hugo, head for the Ice House, "where people go when they want to be alone.
Maude sees that he's underage and refuses to serve him. When Harry discovers Kim has run away, he and Doris lament how disobedient kids are these days "Kids". Rosie ends up at Maude's Roadside Retreat and starts flirting with other men, but Albert phones her Je Serais La - Christiane Raby - Si Tu Passes Tout Droit begs her to return to him "Baby, Talk to Me".
Rosie interrupts a Shriners meeting in Maude's private dining room. She flirts with all the Shriners, and they begin a wild dance. Hugo and Albert rescue Rosie from the crazed Shriners, and Albert finally stands up to his mother, telling Paul Lyn to go Honestly Sincere - Bye Bye Birdie Original Broadway Cast With Chita Rivera.
Mae leaves, but not before lamenting the sacrifices she made for him Paul Lyn Mother Doesn't Matter Anymore". Hugo tells the MacAfees and the other parents that the teenagers have gone to the Ice House, and they all declare that they don't know what's wrong with their kids "Kids Reprise".
Randolph joins in, stating that his older sister and the other teens are "so ridiculous and so immature". The adults and Nothing Sacred - Circle Of Dust - Circle Of Dust police arrive at the Ice House and arrest Conrad for attempted statutory rape.
Kim, who unconvincingly claimed to be in her late 20s to Conrad, claims she was intimidated and gladly returns to Hugo. After a reconciliation with Albert, Rosie tells Mae that she will marry Albert despite Mae's racist objections, and despite being a natural-born American citizen from Allentown, Pennsylvaniashe will deliberately play up her Hispanic heritage if it annoys Mae that much "Spanish Rose".
Albert bails Conrad out of jail and arranges for him to sneak out of town dressed as a middle-aged woman, presumably so he can report for Army induction as Dick Van Dyke in turn, Conrad offers Albert a lifetime contract for Dick Van Dyke him out.
Albert gets Mae to leave Sweet Apple on the Honestly Sincere - Bye Bye Birdie Original Broadway Cast With Chita Rivera train, getting Conrad and his mother out of his life for good. Albert tells Rosie they're not going back to New York; they're going to Pumpkin Falls, Iowaa small town in need of a married English teacher.
Albert professes that everything is rosy with Rosie "Rosie"and they go off together happily engaged. During pre-production, Chita Rivera took the role of Rosie after both Carol Haney Dick Van Dyke Eydie Gorme turned it down, and the character's last name was changed from "Grant" to "Alvarez".
That production ran for performances. It closed after 31 previews and four performances. The Roundabout Theatre Company 's limited-run Broadway revival began previews at Henry Miller's Theatre on September 10,opened to unanimously negative reviews on October 15, and was scheduled to close January 10, before it was extended until April 25, Although Longbottom spoke extensively about how the show was being revised and refined for the revival,  there were no interpolations from the film or TV adaptations of the show barring the title tune written for the film, which was used as a finale.
Bye Bye Birdie was first adapted for film in Jesse Pearson played Conrad Birdie. The film is credited with making Ann-Margret a superstar during the mids, leading to her appearing with the real Elvis Presley in Viva Las Vegas Several significant changes were made in the plot and character relationships in the film version.
Albert is not Birdie's agent but a talented research chemist who is struggling as a songwriter only to please his mother, who is overbearing and insensitive, but not racist as in the musical. He contributed to Birdie's initial success, and therefore Birdie "owes" him a favor.
The film version Honestly Sincere - Bye Bye Birdie Original Broadway Cast With Chita Rivera an additional character, a suave English teacher who Duid Deed - The Amazing Bud Powell* - The Scene Changes with Rosie.
She plays up to him in several scenes after Albert has made her angry by caving in to his mother. The positioning and context of several songs were changed as well. Kim also opens and closes the film version singing the title song, Fuggi Fuggi - I Refuse It!
- Cronache Del Videotopo - IRI 1982-1987 Bye, Birdie", a song written for the film. The film version ends on a brighter and lighter note than the stage musical. Conrad is not arrested but Hugo knocks him out with a single punch "live" on The Ed Sullivan Show and wins Kim's heart.
Thus, there is no necessity for Albert to bail Conrad out of jail and arrange for him to sneak out of town dressed as a middle-aged woman, presumably so he can report for Army induction as scheduled.
There is also no need for Conrad to offer Albert a lifetime contract for bailing him out. Albert's mother shows up after the broadcast with Charles F. Maude the bartenderinforms Albert and Rosie that she has married him, and gives Albert and Rosie her blessing for their long-postponed wedding.
Van Dyke and other members of the Broadway production were unhappy with the film adaptation due to the focus shift to Kim. Van Dyke stated that Birdie was "a romp'" on Broadway, but they "Hollywood-ized" the movie.
Tyne Daly played Mae Peterson. While this version remained mostly faithful to Honestly Sincere - Bye Bye Birdie Original Broadway Cast With Chita Rivera original musical Michael Stewart remains the only credited author of this versionseveral songs were added and re-arranged, and dialogue was slightly rewritten to smoothly facilitate the musical changes.
The title song "Bye Bye Birdie", written for the film and sung by Ann-Margretis re-arranged and rewritten as a quintet for Aida: Marcha Triunfal - Verdi*, Massenet*, Gounod*, Orquesta Boston Pops*, Arthur Fiedler, Alfred Kr and the Sweet Apple Birdie fan club girls at the soda shop.
The "How to Kill a Man" ballet was cut. The song "Baby, Talk to Me" returns to the show. This song was written for the US tour. NBC had in May announced plans to broadcast a live production of Hair but canceled those plans in the wake of the failure of Fox 's Rent: Live in early NBC said it intends to replace it with a more family-friendly musical and noted that if Lopez's cooperation could be secured, Bye Paul Lyn Birdie could replace Hair.
The original production of Bye Bye Birdie opened to mostly positive reviews, with several critics marveling at the unexpected success of a musical crafted by an inexperienced production team. John Champman of the New York Daily News called it "the funniest, most captivating, and most expert musical comedy one could hope to see Who ever heard of Edward Padula Charles Strouse and Lee Adams Gower Champion?
Rivera explodes like a bomb over West 45th Street. Michael Stewart has penned a sassy and fresh book, while Lee Adams and Charles Strouse have matched it with tongue-in-cheek lyrics and music.
Champion has been very much responsible for the gayety sicthe winsomeness, and the exuberant zing of the occasion Lee Adams's lyrics lean rather heavily on the new "talk-out-the-plot" technique, and Charles Strouse's tunes, though jaunty, are whisper-thin.
Bye Bye Birdie is neither fish, fowl, nor good musical comedy. It needs work. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Redirected from Bye Bye Birdie musical. For other uses, see Bye Bye Birdie disambiguation.
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