Bye Bye Birdie



Will play through January 24, 2009

Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director) has announced that Bye Bye Birdie , now playing at the Henry Miller’s Theatre (124 West 43rd Street) on Broadway will give a final performance on January 24th, 2010.

Initially scheduled as a limited engagement through January 10th, 2010, Bye Bye Birdie will run through January 24th, when the leading actors’ contracts end.

The production has sold at over 90% capacity each week throughout the run of the production.

Quote from Todd Haimes:

“We had hoped to keep the show running into the Spring, however sales are not strong enough after the departure of our principal actors. We had to make a decision to end the production on a high note. I am happy that we have been able to extend the production two weeks beyond the initial run.”

After a 48 year absence, Bye Bye Birdie, was the inaugural production of the new Henry Miller’s Theatre (124 West 43rd Street). The revitalization of Henry Miller’s Theatre is consistent with Roundabout’s history of bringing dilapidated, lost theatres back to life and programming the venues as viable, live performance spaces for the benefit of theater artists and audiences and managing them efficiently.

Bye Bye Birdie will have played 40 previews and 117 performances; Preview performances began on September 10th, 2009 and officially opened on October 15th, 2009.

Bye Bye Birdie received the 1961 Tony Award® for Best Musical and features such beloved songs as “Put on A Happy Face,” “Kids,” “Spanish Rose,” “The Telephone Hour” and “A Lot of Livin’ To Do.”

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Last week, as part of the official Birdie contest, The Search For Birdie's Biggest Fan, we asked participants to submit essays about why they love Bye Bye Birdie. We received so many wonderful stories! Here are just a few:

Here's one from "OldBirdie":

When the movie version of Bye Bye Birdie came out, I identified so strongly with Kim MacAfee. I was thrilled when Ann-Margret sang, “How Lovely to be a Woman.” The lyrics struck an immediate chord inside me:
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Bye Bye Birdie Upstage


UPSTAGE: Guides for Playgoers

For select productions, Education@Roundabout creates an issue of Upstage, a guide designed to enhance the theatre going experience. Each Upstage features interviews with the actors, designers and directors from the production as well as contextual information about the play itself and activities for use by educators.

Bye Bye Birdie (1.3MB PDF)

Interview with Nolan Gerard Funk (100KB PDF)
Interview with the Director (100KB PDF)
Interview with the Composer (100KB PDF)
Interview with the Lyricist (100KB PDF)
Interview with the Costume Designer (200KB PDF)

The World of the Play (0.5MB PDF)

Vocabulary (100KB PDF)

Activities (160KB PDF)
Activity: The Phone Call that Changed Your Life (50KB PDF)
Activity: Define Yourself through Music (50KB PDF)
Activity: Color and Pattern (250KB PDF)
Activity: Bye Bye Birdie Ten Years from Now (50KB PDF)

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Bye Bye Birdie, Upstage

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