Theater: Bye Bye Birdie – Revival

Opened: October 15, 2009

Book by: Michael Stewart

Music by: Charles Strouse

Lyrics by: Lee Adams

Broadway Revival Cast: John Stamos, Gina Gershon, Bill Irwin, Nolan Gerard Funk, Jayne Houdyshell, Dee Hoty, Matt Doyle, Jake Evan Schwencke, Allie Trimm, Catherine Blades, Deanna Cipolla, Paula Leggett Chase, Riley Costello, John Treacy Egan, Colleen Fitzpatrick, Todd Gearhart, Patty Goble, Suzanne Grodner, Natalie Hill, Julia Knitel, Jess LeProtto, David McDonald, J.C. Montgomery, Jillian Mueller, Paul Pilcz, Daniel Quadrino, Emma Rowley, Timothy Shew, Kevin Shotwell, Allison Strong, Jim Walton & Brynn Williams

Bye Bye Birdie is an American treasure of a musical. It is a true flashback to the 1950s and the popularity of a teen icon.

Conrad Birdie (Nolan Gerard Funk) has been drafted into the Army in 1958 and is going to perform one last show before he goes. His songwriter Albert Peterson (John Stamos) sets up a contest where one girl will win “One Last Kiss” from the singer. Ohio girl Kim MacAfee (Allie Trimm) is that lucky winner.

There are incredibly fun characters and relationships in this musical, including Albert and his unhappy significant other Rose (Gina Gershon) and Kim and her new boyfriend Hugo (Matt Doyle), who can’t believe her boyfriend is going to kiss another man.

The music can be annoying at times, but you’ll have fun.

Final say: You’ll put on a happy face. ★★★☆☆

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