Bye Bye Birdie: Roundabout release new cast update, principle casting remains the same
The Roundabout Theatre Company has announced an updated full cast list for the first new Broadway production of Bye Bye Birdie, the inaugural production of the new Henry Millerï¿½s 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.
As previously announced the principle cast will feature John Stamos (Albert Peterson), Gina Gershon (Rose Alvarez), Bill Irwin (Mr. Harry MacAfee) and Jayne Houdyshell (Mrs. Mae Peterson), is Dee Hoty (Mrs. MacAfee), 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 has been amended slightly, and will now feature: Catherine Blades, Deanna Cipolla, Paula Leggett Chase, Riley Costello, John Treacy Egan, Colleen Fitzpatrick, Todd Gearhart, Patty Goble, Suzanne Grodner, Robert Hager, Nina Hennessey, Natalie Hill, Julia Knitel, Jess Le Protto, David McDonald, J. C. Montgomery, Jillian Mueller, Paul Pilcz, Daniel Quadrino, Emma Rowley, Tim Shew, Kevin Shotwell, Allison Strong, Jim Walton, Brynn Williams, Branch Woodman.
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 nï¿½ roll musical comedy, itï¿½s 1960 and hip-swinginï¿½ 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 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
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