Bye Bye Birdie will be the inaugural production at the new Henry Millerï¿½s Theatre
After a 48 year absence, Roundabout Theatre Company will present the first new Broadway production of Bye Bye Birdie as the inaugural production of the new Henry Millerï¿½s Theatre, beginning previews on 10 Sep 2009, with an official opening on 15 Oct 2009. This will be a limited engagement through to 10 Jan 2010.
Bye Bye Birdie will star John Stamos (Albert Peterson), Gina Gershon (Rose Alvarez), Bill Irwin (Harry Macfee) with Jayne Houdyshell (Mrs. Mae Peterson). Robert Longbottom will direct and choreograph Bye Bye Birdie with a book by Michael Stewart, lyrics by Lee Adams and music by Charles Strouse.
Roundabout welcomes back three artists who have previously worked at the theatrical institution: John Stamos, Gina Gershon and Bill Irwin.
Bye Bye Birdieï¿½s design team includes Andrew Jackness (Sets), Gregg Barnes (Costumes), Ken Billington (Lights), Acme Sound (Sound) and David Chase (Music Supervisor).
In Bye Bye Birdie, the exuberant rock nï¿½ roll musical comedy, itï¿½s 1960 and hip-swinginï¿½ teen idol superstar Conrad Birdie 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 fanï¿½ on ï¿½The Ed Sullivan Showï¿½!
Bye Bye Birdie received the 1961 Tony Award for Best Musical and features the songs ï¿½Put on A Happy Face,ï¿½ ï¿½Kids,ï¿½ ï¿½Spanish Rose,ï¿½ ï¿½The Telephone Hourï¿½ and ï¿½A Lot of Livinï¿½ To Do.ï¿½
Tickets for Bye Bye Birdie will go on sale to the general public in Jun.
John Stamos was most recently featured on the final three seasons of NBCï¿½s critically acclaimed drama 'ER.' After three appearances on Broadway - in Roundaboutï¿½s Tony Award winning 'Cabaret,' 'Nine' and 'How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying' ï¿½ Bye Bye Birdie will mark the first time Stamos originates a role in a new Broadway production.
Gina Gershon was most recently seen last season in the Tony Award winning play 'Boeing Boeing.' Gershon made her Broadway musical debut as 'Sally Bowles' in Roundaboutï¿½s production of 'Cabaret.'
Bill Irwin is currently starring on Broadway in Roundaboutï¿½s production of 'Waiting for Godot' which marks his return to Broadway after his 2005 Tony Award for 'Whoï¿½s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?'
Jayne Houdyshell returns to Broadway after appearing in the musical 'Wicked' and the 2006 production of 'Well.' Houdyshell is to star in the Off-Broadway production of the musical 'Coraline' playing at the Lucille Lortel Theatre from 7 May - 20 Jun.