Be Drama Presents "Bye Bye Birdie!"
Rock star Conrad Birdie is the biggest thing 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 biz and become something respectable, like an English teacher). Desperate for a publicity stunt big enough to help them survive Birdies 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. Kims boyfriend, Hugo, can't take the humiliation of his lady loves televised lip-lock. Rose can't take another minute of Alberts 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?
Be Drama would like to dedicate this production to the memory of Dominic Geskey, a member of our crew who passed away unexpectedly March 14. Dom brought so much sunshine into our world. In "Bye Bye Birdie" we shine for Dom.
Music by Charles Strouse
Lyrics by Lee Adams
Book by Michael Stewart
Directed and choreographed by John F. Hopkins
Music Direction by Ali Hodges
Orchestra conducted by Doug Engle
Vocal Coaching by John Hummel
"Bye Bye Birdie" is produced in cooperation with Tams-Witmark Music Library, Inc. and in partnership with Meadowbrook Theatre.
Berkley High School Auditorium (View)
Berkley, MI 48072