Bye Bye Birdie: Roundabout announce more cast. Nolan Gerard Funk to make Broadway debut
Roundabout Theatre Company have announced further casting for their presentation of the first new Broadway production of Bye Bye Birdie as the inaugural production of the new Henry MillerÃ¯Â¿Â½s Theatre beginning prevews on 10 Sep 2009 with an official opening on 15 Oct 2009. This will be a limited engagement through January 10th, 2010.
Joining the previously announced stars, John Stamos (Albert Peterson), Gina Gershon (Rose Alvarez), Bill Irwin (Mr. Harry MacAfee) and Jayne Houdyshell (Mrs. Mae Peterson), is 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.
Additional company members and citizens of Sweet Apple, Ohio will be announced shortly.
Directed & choreographed by Robert Longbottom, Bye Bye Birdie has a book by Michael Stewart, lyrics by Lee Adams and music by Charles Strouse.
Bye Bye Birdie 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 nÃ¯Â¿Â½ roll musical comedy, itÃ¯Â¿Â½s 1960 and hip-swinginÃ¯Â¿Â½ teen idol superstar Conrad Birdie (Nolan Gerard Funk) has been drafted into the army. Birdie's manager Albert (John Stamos) and his secretary Rosie (Gina Gershon) have cooked up a plan to send him off with a swell new song and one last kiss from a lucky teenage fanÃ¯Â¿Â½ on Ã¯Â¿Â½The Ed Sullivan ShowÃ¯Â¿Â½!
Bye Bye Birdie received the 1961 Tony Award for Best Musical and features the songs Ã¯Â¿Â½Put on A Happy Face,Ã¯Â¿Â½ Ã¯Â¿Â½Kids,Ã¯Â¿Â½ Ã¯Â¿Â½Spanish Rose,Ã¯Â¿Â½ Ã¯Â¿Â½The Telephone HourÃ¯Â¿Â½ and Ã¯Â¿Â½A Lot of LivinÃ¯Â¿Â½ To Do.Ã¯Â¿Â½
Nolan Gerard Funk
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