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Bye Bye Birdie

Genre Comedy/Satire; Romance
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Composer Charles Strouse
Lyricist Lee Adams
Book By Michael Stewart
 
Other Credits
Format Book Musical
Type Full Length
Status Available (?This work is currently available for application in Australia and New Zealand subject to our standard Terms of Use.)
Version Updated Version

Short Synopsis

BYE BYE BIRDIE is one of the most captivating musical shows of our time. It is a satire done with the fondest affection. It gives an insight into the everyday life that is very much part of us all. It is the tops in imagination and frivolity; a show that will be enjoyed by the cast as much as the audience.

Rehearsal Materials

Rehearsal Materials on Hire

BYE BYE BIRDIE REHEARSAL SET

  • 20 × BYE BYE BIRDIE. LIBRETTO/VOCAL BOOKS
  • 2 × BYE BYE BIRDIE. PIANO/VOCAL SCORE
  • 1 × BYE BYE BIRDIE SONG PACK - ALTERNATIVE SONGS (PIANO/CONDUCTOR)
  • 1 × BYE BYE BIRDIE SONG PACK - ALTERNATIVE SONGS (VOCAL PARTS)
  • 1 × BYE BYE BIRDIE SONG PACK - ALTERNATIVE SONGS (PROMPT BOOK)

Orchestral Materials

All available orchestrations for this show are displayed below. On application, you will be required to select the orchestration that you wish to use for your performance.

Orchestral Materials on Hire

BYE BYE BIRDIE ORCHESTRAL SET

  • 1 × Bye Bye Birdie. Reed I (Alto Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute, Piccolo)
  • 1 × Bye Bye Birdie. Reed II (Alto Saxophone, Clarinet)
  • 1 × Bye Bye Birdie. Reed III (Tenor Saxophone, Clarinet)
  • 1 × Bye Bye Birdie. Reed IV (Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Bass Saxophone)
  • 2 × Bye Bye Birdie. Trumpet I &II
  • 1 × Bye Bye Birdie. Trumpet III
  • 1 × Bye Bye Birdie. Trombone I
  • 1 × Bye Bye Birdie. Trombone II
  • 1 × Bye Bye Birdie. Horn
  • 3 × Bye Bye Birdie. Violin
  • 2 × Bye Bye Birdie. Cello
  • 1 × Bye Bye Birdie. Bass
  • 2 × Bye Bye Birdie. Percussion I (Bells, Vibraphone, Xylophone, Chimes, Timpani, Tambourine, Timbales, Gran Cassa, Snare Drum Case, Suspended Cymbal, Castanets, Gourd, Cowbell)
  • 1 × Bye Bye Birdie. Piano
  • 1 × Bye Bye Birdie. Synthesizer (Optional Violin/Cello Replacement)
  • 1 × Bye Bye Birdie. Guitar

PERFORM WITH PIANO ONLY

Casting Information

Dance Requirement: Standard

Character Breakdown

ALBERT PATTERSON: Young man in his early 30s, President of Almaelou Music Corp

ROSE ALVAREZ: Albert's secretary, principal dancer/singer

HELEN: Teenage singer, nonspeaking

TEEN CHORUS: Original cast had 7 boys and 10 girls

URSULA MERKLE: A hyper-enthusiastic dark haired teen-friend and neighbour of Kim's

KIM MACAFEE: 15 years old, pretty and self-possessed

MRS DORIS MACAFEE: Mother of Kim and Randolph

MR HARRY MACAFEE: Father of Kim and Randolph

MRS MAE PETERSON: Albert's mother, the quintessential "Mama"

CONRAD BIRDIE: Rock Star

HUGO PEABODY: Kim's 'steady'

ONE GIRL: Member of TEEN GIRLS Chorus, speaks Act I, Scene 4

REPORTERS: 2 speaking, 1 non-speaking

MAYOR: Of Sweet Apple, Ohio

MAYOR'S WIFE: Edna, Member of quartet, Act I, Scene 9

MRS MERKLE: Ursula's mother

RANDOLPH MACAFEE: Kim's younger brother

NANCY: Teen Chorus, speaks Act I, Scene 5

GLORIA RASPUTIN: A big, broad, tap-dancing 'secretary'. Mae's choice to replace Rosie

ED SULLIVAN'S VOICE: Off-stage

TRAVELLER: Part of crowd in NY train station. Speaks Act I, Scene 4

Detailed Synopsis

BYE BYE BIRDIE tells the story of a rock and roll singer who is about to be introduced into the army. The singer, Conrad Birdie, an Elvis Presley type, has a pompadour and thick sideburns; he wears gaudy gold costumes and speaks in a rugged voice. Albert Peterson, his agent, is a very pleasant, mild-mannered young man. Albert's faithful secretary, Rose Alvarez, keeps him and Birdie moving forward in the world. Rosie concocts one final national publicity plan before Conrad's induction.

Conrad will bid a typical American teenage girl goodbye with an all-American kiss. Kim MacAfee in Sweet Apple, Ohio, wins the honour. All of the phones in her own town are already busy during The Telephone Hour as Kim has just been pinned to Hugo, a local boy. She is a pretty girl of fifteen and sings with spring-like ardour How Lovely To Be A Woman, as she pulls on the plaid woollen socks and the baggy mustard coloured sweater considered stylish and popular among young ladies.

The arrival of Birdie in Sweet Apple causes people of all ages to swoon. Birdie says that his success is due to the fact that he is Honestly Sincere when he sings, and the quiet little town goes into a spin. The MacAfee household is completely upset by the visiting celebrity. It is decided that Birdie will give his One Last Kiss on the Ed Sullivan Show. Kim's father, who laments the whole uproar, tries to break into the act and behaves like a ham on the TV show. Hymn For A Sunday Evening is a salute to the greater glory of Ed Sullivan.

Birdie becomes disgusted with his life and goes out on the town with the teenagers. He feels tense with Albert and is tired of being supervised. The parents of Sweet Apple cannot understand the new generation and express this in Kids. Rosie, still waiting for that band of gold from Albert after eight years, invades a Shriners' meeting. An extremely hilarious ballet ensues. She then decides to become the Latin American spitfire that she is painted as, by Albert's lead-footed, catastrophe-ridden mother. She is determined to become Spanish Rose. Kim is reunited with Hugo, and Rosie with Albert in the number Rosie.

Rates and Fees

Education and Community Theatre Rates.

Rehearsal Materials

Rehearsal Material on Hire
Minimum Hire fee: A$575.00 – 3 month(s) prior to final performance
Additional Hire fee: A$144.00 – per month

Orchestral Materials

Orchestral Material on Hire
Minimum Hire fee: A$357.00 – 1 month(s) prior to final performance
Additional Hire fee: A$123.00 – per month

Royalty Fees

16% of your ticket sales
Minimum: A$285.00 per performance

Other Fees

Booking and Handling Fee: A$69.00
Materials Security Deposit: from A$200.00 - A$500.00

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