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Bye Bye Birdie at Ye Olde Rose and Crown
All Star Productions will present Bye Bye Birdie, at Ye Olde Rose and Crown pub theatre in Walthamstow, east London, from 11 August to 4 September 2015.
The musical, which was first presented on Broadway in 1960, has music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Lee Adams and book by Michael Stewart. James Hume will direct and the show has choreography by Anthony Whitman. The musical director will be Aaron Clingham.
Synopsis: "The story of Rock Star Conrad Birdie who is the biggest artist to top the charts. Women love him, men want to be him and teenage girls around the country scream with glee at the mere mention of his name. But when the United States Army drafts Birdie, manager Albert Peterson sees his meal ticket preparing to fly the coop, much to the delight of longtime love Rose Alvarez, who can’t wait for Albert to ditch the music business and become an English teacher. Desperate for a publicity stunt big enough to help them survive Birdie’s departure, Albert and Rose hatch a plan: send Conrad to small-town America to plant his goodbye kiss on one lucky fan for the entire world to see.
Their selection of super fan Kim Macafee sends the wholesome enclave of Sweet Apple, Ohio into chaos. Kim’s boyfriend Hugo can’t take the humiliation of his girlfriends televised lip-lock. Rose can’t take another minute of Albert’s distracted ways. And Sweet Apple can’t take its teens riotous rebellion, inspired by the arrival of bad boy Birdie. Will Sweet Apple ever be the same?"
The show originally ran on Broadway for 607 performances and won a Tony Award for Best Musical. A London production, a major motion picture and a TV adaptation all followed.