Bye Bye Birdie!
Put on a happy face!
Army-bound rock star Conrad Birdie’s farewell appearance in Sweet Apple, Ohio is the talk of the town. Don’t miss this hip-swiveling musical comedy set at the dawn of the sensational ’60s and studded with splashy production numbers that spill off the stage! We’ve got a lot of livin’ to do!
2017 Performance dates:
August 1, 5, 10, 15, 19, 24, 29
Sept. 1 at 8:00 p.m.
Hatchery Park Stage at Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery
Directed and Choreographed by Casey Adam Craig
Please note that infants and children under 5 are not admitted to LST shows.
People have different ideas about what material is appropriate, both for themselves and their families. This guide is provided to give you information to determine if the content of this production is suitable for you and your loved ones. Please be aware that this information is provided with the intent of disclosure, and therefore contains plot spoilers.
Bye Bye Birdie is a charming, All-American musical comedy appropriate for the whole family. Set in 1958, the much-adored rock-and-roll idol Conrad Birdie has been drafted into the army. His agent Albert, and Albert’s secretary and girlfriend, Rosie, hatch a plan for a farewell performance to take place on The Ed Sullivan Show, which they hope will help sell Birdie’s farewell song “One Last Kiss”. When Albert and Rosie head to Sweet Apple things start to unravel in hijinks and hilarity.
There is no overt sexual innuendo or mature themes in Bye Bye Birdie. Rosie becomes fed up with Albert disregarding her feelings and goes out for a night on the town, and the MacAfee’s oldest daughter, Kim, follows suit.
There is some racial tension between Rosie and Albert’s mother, Mae Peterson. This is reflective of the time and the progressive strides in citizens rights during the 1950’s/60’s.
There is no blasphemy or strong language in the show. During act two, once things begin to unravel, Rosie is seen drinking in a bar to get away from Albert. The teens have also decided to sneak out because they’ve ‘got a lot of livin’ to do’, and in one instance Ursula Merkle comically shouts ‘Lets have an Orgy’ clearly not knowing what she is suggesting.
At the end of act one, Kim’s boyfriend punches Conrad Birdie in a fit of jealousy.
Children will find the humor funny and silly, while the adults will enjoy the humor on a different level.