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BYE BYE BIRDIE Theatre Program MUSICAL Elaine Dunn JOAN BLONDELL Bill Hayes
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BYE BYE BIRDIE Theatre Program MUSICAL Elaine Dunn JOAN BLONDELL Bill Hayes
BYE BYE BIRDIE Theatre Program MUSICAL Elaine Dunn JOAN BLONDELL Bill Hayes

BYE BYE BIRDIE Theatre Program MUSICAL Elaine Dunn JOAN BLONDELL Bill Hayes

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This is an ORIGINAL 20 page Theater PROGRAM, measuring 9 x 12" featuring ELAINE DUNN, BILL HAYES and JOAN BLONDELL, in the stage production of the EDWARD PADULA Classic that was a huge hit on Screen with ANN-MARGRET, BYE-BYE BIRDIE Director: Gower ChampionBye Bye Birdie is a stage musical with a book by Michael Stewart, lyrics by Lee Adams, and music by Charles Strouse.Originally titled Let's Go Steady, the satire on American society is set in 1958. The story was inspired by the phenomenon of popular singer Elvis Presley and his draft notice into the Army in 1957. The rock star character's name, "Conrad Birdie," is word play on the name of Conway Twitty. Twitty is best remembered today for his long career as a country music star, but in the late 1950s, he was one of Presley's rock 'n' roll rivals.The original Broadway production was a Tony Award-winning success. It spawned a London production and several major revivals, a sequel, a 1963 film and a 1995 television production. The show also became a popular choice for high school and college productions.The producer Edward Padula had the idea for a musical initially titled Let's Go Steady, a "happy teenage musical with a difference." Padula contracted with two writers, and Charles Strouse and Lee Adams wrote seven songs for their libretto. Padula, Strouse and Adams sought Gower Champion as director/choreographer, who until that time had choreographed only a few musicals. (Fred Astaire and Morton DaCosta had already declined.) However, Champion did not like the book and the writers were fired, with Michael Stewart then hired. Stewart wrote an early version titled Love and Kisses, which focused on a couple thinking of divorce, but whose children persuade them to stay together. Champion wanted "something more". "The 'something more' had been right there in the newspaper. On September 22, 1958, rock-and-roll idol Elvis Presley, having been drafted, boarded a ship for eighteen months in Germany.... There was a media circus including Elvis giving a specially selected member of the Women's Army Corps 'one last kiss'". After brainstorming, Stewart and Adams "came up with the idea of a rock-and-roll singer going off to the army and its effect on a group of teenagers in a small town in Ohio." The name of the singer was Elsworth, then changed to "Conway Twitty before we discovered there was already a Conway Twitty who was threatening to sue us, and then, finally, Conrad Birdie."[3]Act oneAgent and songwriter Albert Peterson finds himself in trouble when hip-thrusting rock and roll superstar Conrad Birdie is drafted into the Army. Albert's secretary and sweetheart, Rose Alvarez, comes up with a last-ditch publicity stunt to have Conrad Birdie record and perform a song before he is sent overseas. She makes Albert promise to give up the music business and to start teaching English at schools ("An English Teacher"). They plan to have Birdie sing Albert's new song "One Last Kiss" and give one lucky girl from his fan club a real "last kiss" on The Ed Sullivan Show before going into the Army.The lucky girl chosen randomly from Conrad's fan club is fifteen-year-old Kim MacAfee from Sweet Apple, Ohio. All the teenagers in Sweet Apple are catching up on the latest gossip about Kim MacAfee and Hugo Peabody going steady ("The Telephone Hour"). Kim, excited to have a boyfriend, reflects on how happy she is with her maturity ("How Lovely to Be a Woman"). Conrad, Albert and Rosie set off to Sweet Apple to prepare for the event. Before they depart by train from New York City, local teenage girls are ecstatic to meet Conrad, but one young girl is sad because she thinks that by the time Conrad gets out of the army, she'll be too old for him. Albert advises her to be optimistic ("Put on a Happy Face"). Soon, reporters arrive with questions for Conrad, but Rosie, Albert, and the girls answer for him, pushing away tabloids ("Normal, American Boy"). Conrad receives a hero's welcome in Sweet Apple, and Hugo worries that Kim likes Conrad more than she likes him, but Kim assures Hugo that he's the only one she loves ("One Boy"). Conrad shocks the town's parents and drives the teenage girls crazy with his performance of "Honestly Sincere".Conrad becomes a guest in the MacAfee house and irritates Kim's father, Harry MacAfee, by being a rude and selfish guest. Mr. MacAfee does not want Kim to kiss Conrad until Albert tells him their whole family will be on The Ed Sullivan Show. Mr. and Mrs. MacAfee, Kim, and her younger brother Randolph sing Sullivan's praises ("Hymn For a Sunday Evening- Ed Sullivan"). Hugo sees Kim is attracted to Conrad and becomes very jealous. Albert's overbearing, interfering mother Mae comes to break up her son's relationship with Rosie. She introduces Albert to Gloria Rasputin, a curvy blonde she met on the bus who could replace Rosie as his secretary.Rosie, jealous and angry, dreams of violent ways to murder Albert ("One Hundred Ways Ballet"). Rosie and Hugo plot to ruin the broadcast. Conrad sings on The Ed Sullivan Show ("One Last Kiss") and as he leans in to kiss Kim, Hugo runs onstage and punches him in the face. On live television, Conrad collapses, Rosie breaks up with Albert, and Albert, trying to cover for the mishaps of the evening, leads a chorus of ("Normal American Boy" (Reprise)).Act twoDespite plans to refilm the broadcast, Rosie and Kim resolve to leave Albert and Hugo, lamenting on how stupid they were to fall in love with them ("What Did I Ever See in Him"). Conrad decides he wants to go out and have a good time on his last night as a civilian and encourages the teens to party ("A Lot of Livin' to Do"). Conrad, Kim, and all the teenagers except Hugo head for the Ice House to party without adult supervision. Hugo goes to Maude's Roadside Retreat, hoping to get drunk, but proprietor Charles F. Maude can tell that he's under age and refuses to serve him.When Mr. MacAfee finds out Kim has run away, he and Mrs. MacAfee lament how disobedient kids are today ("Kids"). Rosie ends up at Maude's Roadside Retreat, but Albert calls her on the telephone and begs her to return to him ("Baby Talk to Me"). Rosie, hoping to forget Albert, interrupts a Shriners meeting being held in Maude's private dining room. She flirts with all the Shriners, and they begin a wild dance. Hugo and Albert rescue Rosie from the crazed Shriners, and Albert finally stands up to his mother, telling her to go home. Hugo tells the MacAfees and the other parents that the teenagers have gone to the Ice House, and they all declare that they don't know what's wrong with their kids ("Kids Reprise"). Randolph joins in, stating that his older sister and the other teens are "so ridiculous and so immature".The adults and the police arrive at the Ice House and arrest Conrad, although he doesn't appear to have done anything illegal or immoral. Kim claims that she was intimidated by Conrad, and gladly returns to Hugo. After a reconciliation with Albert, Rosie tells Albert's mother Mae that she will marry Albert despite Mae's racist objections, and to irritate her, declares she's Spanish ("Spanish Rose") with deliberate comic exaggeration. Albert bails Conrad out of jail and arranges for him to sneak out of town dressed as a middle-aged woman—presumably so he can report for Army induction as scheduled. Albert also gets his mother to leave Sweet Apple bound for home on the same train, getting Conrad and his mother out of his life for good. Albert tells Rosie that they're not going back to New York; they're going to Pumpkin Falls, Iowa. The small town is in need of an English teacher, and they prefer the applicant to be married. Albert professes that everything is rosy with Rosie ("Rosie") and they go off together happily.CharactersAlbert Peterson – Conrad Birdie's manager, who formerly aspired to be an English teacher.Rose "Rosie" Alvarez – Albert's secretary and long-suffering girlfriend.Conrad Birdie – a 1950s rock and roll star a la Elvis Presley.Kim MacAfee – a teenage girl who is chosen to receive the 'one last kiss' from Conrad Birdie who lives in Sweet Apple.Mr. MacAfee – Kim and Randolph's befuddled father.Mrs. MacAfee – Kim and Randolph's mother.Randolph MacAfee – Kim's well-behaved younger brother.Hugo Peabody – Kim's boyfriend or "steady" who is quite jealous of Conrad (relationship showed in first preview of Sweet Apple, "Telephone Hour").Mae Peterson – Albert's overbearing and prejudiced mother.Ursula Merkle – Kim's hyperactive best friend, a Conrad Birdie enthusiast.Gloria Rasputin – A curvaceous blonde. Mae brings her to Albert, hoping she will be chosen over Rosie.The Mayor – the mayor of Sweet Apple.The Mayor's Wife – his repressed wife.Ed Sullivan – the host of the Ed Sullivan Show; an unseen character.Mrs. Merkle - Ursula's mother.Supporting Sweet Apple TeensDeborah Sue "Suzie" Miller - One of Kim's best friends. Solo in "Telephone Hour".Margie Johnson - Harvey's sister (this is not mentioned in most versions). Solo in "Telephone Hour".Alice - The Mayor's daughter, another one of Kim's best friends. Solo in "Telephone Hour".Helen - Solo in "Telephone Hour".Nancy - Solo in "Telephone Hour".Harvey Johnson - The nerdy son of Mr. Johnson. Solo in "Telephone Hour".Penelope Ann Henkel - Solo in "Telephone Hour".Phyllis - a crippled teenager who moves by wheelchair.Charity GarfeinLee - Close friend to Phyllis, he helps her with her wheelchair.Fred - friend, possible boyfriend, of Alice.Bob - friendSong list(Note: Based on Original Broadway Production, 1960)Act IOverture- OrchestraAn English Teacher – RosieThe Telephone Hour – Helen, Nancy, Alice, Margie, Penelope Ann, Harvey Johnson and TeenagersHow Lovely to Be a Woman – KimPenn Station Transition/We Love You, Conrad! – Orchestra/Teen TrioPut on a Happy Face – AlbertA Healthy, Normal, American Boy – Albert, Rosie, Teen and Adult ChorusOne Boy – Kim, Deborah Sue, Alice *One Boy (Reprise) – RosieHonestly
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