Bye Bye Birdie [A Decca Broadway Original Cast Album]

Bye Bye Birdie [A Decca Broadway Original Cast Album]


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Exceeding expectations, Bye Bye Birdie, the first hit for the team of Lee Adams and Charles Strouse, ran for 607 performances on Broadway. Opening on April 14, 1960, the show tells the story of a scheme by the agent of a rock singer to recoup some of the money he spent promoting this Elvis Presley-type singer before he has to leave to meet his military commitment. The scheme involves a contest where the teenage girl winner was to kiss the star, Conrad Birdie, played by Marty Wilde, on the Ed Sullivan Show. The scheme gets sidetracked by Birdie's interfering mother, the contest winner's steady, and the long-suffering agent's girlfriend. The London version opened in 1961, as the irrepressible Chita Rivera repeated as the pining girlfriend, Rose Grant. Peter Marshall got the agent's role, originated by Dick Van Dyke, and a legitimate rock star, Marty Wilde, played Conrad Birdie. Because of its uniquely American character, the show was not nearly as successful on London's West End as on Broadway, closing after only 268 performances. Even though the show was made into a movie and TV special, it didn't produce any songs that were to become entries in the Great American Popular Songbook. "Put on a Happy Face," "A Lot of Livin' to Do," and "Kids" made it to the front door, but never quite got in. Even though the show was not that well received, the London cast album is quite good. Perhaps Marshall did not quite define the role of Albert Peterson as did Van Dyke. But then Van Dyke was someone special. This release is one of a series of reissues by Decca of original cast musical recordings using 24 bit digital technology to get a bright clear sound.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/25/2001
Label: Decca Broadway
UPC: 0731458643227
catalogNumber: 586432
Rank: 40464

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Marty Wilde   Vocals,cast
Kenneth Nash   Vocals,cast
Teenagers   Track Performer
Peter Marshall   Vocals
Ed Bishop   cast
Judy Brown   cast
Tony Crane   cast
Alyn Ainsworth   Conductor,Musical Direction
Chita Rivera   Vocals
Neighbors   Track Performer
Alexandria Jelec   cast
Brian Tucker   cast
Vernon Morris   cast
Robert Nichols   Vocals,cast
Tony Mordente   Staging
Sylvia Tysick   Vocals,cast
Robert Nichol   Vocals
Mary Laura Wood   Vocals,cast
Angela Baddeley   Vocals,cast
Clive Endersby   Vocals,cast
Paula Hendrix   Vocals
Mary Willis   cast
Michael Barker   cast
Orchestra   Track Performer
Marjorie Smith   cast
Peter Marshall   Vocals
Ann Chapman   cast

Technical Credits

Peter Wolf   Composer
Lee Adams   Lyricist
Seth Justman   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Michael Stewart   Book
Gower Champion   Director,Choreographer
Robert Ginzler   Orchestration
Penny Bennett   Art Direction
Ken Mandelbaum   Liner Notes
Miles White   Costume Design
Tony Mordente   Choreographer
Brian Drutman   Reissue Producer
Robert Randolph   Scenery
Chris Roberts   Executive Producer

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