Bye Bye “Birdie,” Hello New Work and New Horizons

Bye Bye "Birdie" [picapp align="none" wrap="false" link="term=bye+bye+birdie&iid=6822616" src="3/a/5/4/Opening_Night_Of_d5b1.jpg?adImageId=9478895&imageId=6822616" width="234" height="200" /] The universally panned production of Bye Bye Birdie, starring John Stamos and Gina Gershon, closed on Broadway on Jan 24 after playing 117 performances. Though selling at 90% capacity, producers decided the show's success would dwindle upon the departure of its stars and so…

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Mamma Mia, Bye Bye Birdie and South Pacific In the News

[picapp src="2/d/a/2/Thank_You_For_a98c.jpg?adImageId=6194569&imageId=6458170" width="234" height="156" /] The Good Mamma Mia, the 13th longest running show in Broadway history, celebrated 8 years on Broadway yesterday, Oct 18! The musical currently stars Beth Leavel, John Dossett, Judy McLane, Allison Briner, Halle Morse, Michael Mindlin, Patrick Boll, Alyse Alan Louis, David Andrew Macdonald and Eric William Morris. [picapp src="8/2/f/5/Opening_Night_Of_03e1.jpg?adImageId=6194675&imageId=6822495"…

Bye Bye Birdie opens on Broadway tonight after a very rough final dress rehearsal

[picapp src="4/1/5/2/John_Stamos_performs_5032.JPG?adImageId=5688079&imageId=6515467" width="234" height="351" /] They say bad dress means a good opening. If that's true, tonight's performance of Bye Bye Birdie will tear down the house. Bye Bye Birdie had a LOT of trouble at last night's dress rehearsal when the electronically controlled set wouldn't move off the stage for a full 20 min.…

A whole lot of gossip and news

Curtain up on Bye Bye Birdie! The Broadway revival of Bye Bye Birdie starts previews this evening. The production, which stars Gina Gershon, John Stamos and Nolan Gerard Funk will officially open on October 15 at the brand new Henry Miller’s Theatre. O'Hara returns to South Pacific! Another exciting bit of news: Kelli O'Hara, who…

West Side Story no longer bilingual; Fez hat dance scene cut from Bye Bye Birdie

The bilingual West Side Story revival, which incorporated "the unprecedented element of selectively weaving Spanish throughout both the book and songs," is reverting back to English. This week, two songs that had previously been performed in Spanish - "A Boy Like That" ("Un Hombre Asi") and "I Feel Pretty" ("Siento Hermosa") are now being delivered…

Full Cast and Creative Team Announced for Broadway’s Bye Bye Birdie

Director/choreographer Robert Longbottom has finished casting Broadway's upcoming production of Bye Bye Birdie, which starts previews at Henry Miller's Theatre on September 10 and opens October 15. As previously announced, the show will star John Stamos (Cabaret, Nine) as Albert Peterson, Gina Gershon (Cabaret, Boeing-Boeing) as Rose Alvarez, Bill Irwin (Waiting for Godot, Who's Afraid…

Complete Bye Bye Birdie Cast Announced

Fragments of casting announcements had been leaking out, but now the casting for the Robert Longbottom-directed revival of Bye Bye Birdie is complete. Here it is: Nolan Gerard Funk as Conrad Birdie John Stamos ("ER," Nine) as Albert Gina Gershon (Boeing-Boeing) as Rosie Bill Irwin (Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?) as Harry MacAfee Dee Hoty…