About Bye Bye Birdie

BYE BYE BIRDIE tells the story of a rock 'n’ roll singer, Conrad Birdie, who is about to be inducted into the army. Albert Petersen, his agent, is a pleasant, mild-mannered young man. His faithful secretary, Rose Alvarez, concocts one final national publicity plan before Conrad’s induction. He will bid a typical American teenage girl goodbye with a kiss on the Ed Sullivan show. Kim McAfee in Sweet Apple, Ohio, wins the honor. It sends the residents of Sweet Apple into a spin — especially Hugo Peabody, who just pinned Kim!

Did You Know...?

The original production of BYE BYE BIRDIE opened on Broadway on April 14, 1960, at the Shubert Theatre in New York City starring Dick Gautier as Conrad Birdie, Dick Van Dyke as Albert Peterson, Chita Rivera as Rose Grant, Susan Watson as Kim McAfee and Paul Lynde as Mr. McAfee. The show won Best Musical at the 1961 Tony Awards

Two years later, Dick Van Dyke and Paul Lynde reprised their roles in the 1963 film adaptation. Who can forget Ann-Margaret as Kim? Janet Leigh stepped in as Rosie, Maureen Stapleton as Mrs. Peterson, Bobby Rydell as Hugo Peabody, Jesse Pearson as Conrad Birdie and Ed Sullivan as ... Ed Sullivan! 

We hope you enjoy our retelling of this teenage classic!


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