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Bye Bye Birdie

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Stephen Sondheim Theatre

124 West 43rd Street
New York, NY 10036

2 hours and 30 minutes
1 Intermission
Important Dates
On Sale
Aug 10, 2009
Sep 10, 2009
Oct 15, 2009
Jan 24, 2010
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It's 1960 and hip-swingin’ teen idol Conrad Birdie has been drafted into the army. But don’t worry, girls! His manager Albert has cooked up a plan to send him off ...

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Rock star Conrad Birdie is the biggest thing to top the charts. Women love him, men want to be him and teenage girls around the country scream with glee at the mere mention of his name. But when the United States Army drafts Birdie, manager Albert Peterson sees his meal ticket preparing to fly the coop (much to the delight of longtime love Rose Alvarez, who can’t wait for Albert to ditch the music biz and become something respectable, like an English teacher). Desperate for a publicity stunt big enough to help them survive Birdie’s departure, Albert and Rose hatch a plan: send Conrad to small-town America to plant his goodbye kiss on one lucky fan for the entire world to see. Their selection of super fan Kim Macafee sends the wholesome enclave of Sweet Apple, Ohio into chaos. Kim’s boyfriend, Hugo, can’t take the humiliation of his lady love’s televised lip-lock. Rose can’t take another minute of Albert’s distracted ways. And Sweet Apple can’t take its teens' riotous rebellion, inspired by the arrival of bad-boy Birdie. Will Sweet Apple ever be the same?

Critics’ Reviews
for Bye Bye Birdie

“Fifty years on, Bye Bye Birdie is still as light, frothy, and irresistible as an egg cream.”

Review by John Lahr from The New Yorker

“This is a show both for the kid with you and the kid within you.”

Review by John Simon from Bloomberg News

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What is Bye Bye Birdie Like?
A retro musical in style and content, Bye Bye Birdie is a candy-coated throwback treat. Colorful, cute and just sweet enough, the tuner is chock full of some of the most famous songs in the musical theater archive, including "Put On a Happy Face," "Kids" and the lively number "A Lot of Livin’ to Do." A new slate of stars and a slick redesign breathe life into this chestnut, which breezes by in two quick acts and leaves audience members of all ages with a smile.

Is Bye Bye Birdie Good for Kids?
Bye Bye Birdie is a family show through and through. The jokes are tame, the landscape colorful and there’s nary a bad word to be found. The most risqué moment is a brief appearance of a male star in his tighty-whiteys, a harmless, humorous moment which is more ridiculous than scandalous. A talented troupe of teenage stars will have 'tween audience members begging mom and dad for a chance to hit the stage themselves, and adults will appreciate the show's nostalgic charm.