‘Bye Bye Birdie’ brings ’50s’ fun into the present
Remember when teen-age girls swooned to Elvis’ hip-thrusting rock-and-roll, then watched tearfully as he was inducted into the Army? Or maybe you’re more the “American Idol” generation – more diffuse adulation but intense, nonetheless. Either way, “Bye Bye Birdie,” The Center for the Arts’ summer musical, should tickle your fancy.
This Tony Award-winning musical comedy, based on the book “Bye Bye Birdie” by Michael Stewart, has music by Charles Strouse and lyrics by Lee Adams; this local production is directed by Richard Winters, with musical direction by Carolyn Winters and choreography by George Jayne.
This classic musical comedy revolves around rock and roll superstar Conrad Birdie and the complications that arise when his agent stages a publicity stunt on “The Ed Sullivan Show” in which he will kiss one lucky girl from Sweet Apple, Ohio, before being drafted into the army.
The lucky girl, chosen randomly from Conrad’s national fan club, sets off with Birdie and his crew for her home, only to have her father, mother and boyfriend start acting weird. To ease the craziness, Birdie tires to teach the kids how to party, ultimately getting himself in trouble with their parents and the police. And so it goes.
Director Richard Winters says, “This show has universal family appeal with famous songs like ‘Put on a Happy Face’ and ‘Kids,’ along with great dance numbers. It has some wonderful parts for the talented teens of this community.”
`KNOW & GO
WHAT: The classical musical comedy “Bye Bye Birdie”
WHEN: Tonight, July 5, the dress preview at 7; through July 22
WHERE: The Center for the Arts, 314 W. Main St., Grass Valley
ADMISSION: Dress preview, $10; Thursdays (7 p.m.) for $20 general admission (all other days reserved seating); Fridays and Saturdays (8 p.m.) for $25 and Sunday matinees (2 p.m.) for $20. Ages 12 and under and 65 and over are $15 for all shows. Call (530) 274-8384, ext. 14, for tickets and group rates.
INFORMATION: Call (530) 274-8384, ext. 14, and go online at http://www.thecenterforthearts.org
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