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Kennedy Center, 2700 F St NW, Washington, DC 20566

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Bye Bye Birdie

Closed April 28, 2020

A winning take on 1950s rock 'n' roll

Chicago Tribune

Why See Bye Bye Birdie?


A Golden Oldie Rides Again

Shining a spotlight on the musicals that have added to the illustrious sparkle of the twinkling lights of the Great White Way, the Kennedy Center's Broadway Center Stage series continues with bonafide Broadway classic Bye Bye Birdie. Written by iconic composing duo Charles Strouse and Lee Adams, the original 1960 production starred entertainment industry legends Dick Van Dyke and Chita Rivera and spawned multiple revivals around America, on the West End and beyond. 

Inspired by the true life story of rock and roll icon Elvis Presley and his drafting into the US Army, Bye Bye Birdie follows titular character Conrad Birdie, the biggest fictional rock and roll performer in the world. Conrad is drafted, much to the despair of his teenaged fans who march in the streets in droves, as well as struggling songwriter Albert F. Peterson who was just about to have one of his songs featured in a Conrad Birdie film. So Albert comes up with one final shot at the big time - he's got to get Conrad on the Ed Sullivan show to kiss his high school sweetheart goodbye thereby launching his new song in the process... 

Please note: the show is in a semi-staged concert format. 

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Opening night: 23 April 2020

Cast and Creative


James Van Der Beek as Albert Peterson
Carly Hughes as Rosie
Mallory Bechtel as Kim MacAfee
Ann Harada as Mrs. MacAfee
Reg Rodgers as Mr. McAfee
Caitlin Kinnunen as Ursula
Megan Sikora as Gloria Rasputin
Harvey Fierstein as Mae Peterson

Susie Carroll, Micah Cook, David Aron Damane, Julian De Guzman, John Treacy Egan, Michael Hoey, Evan Kinnae, Liz McCartney, Nova Y. Payton, Trevor Michael Schmidt, Riza Takahashi and Dori Waymer


Book by Michael Stewart
Music by Charles Strouse
Lyrics by Lee Adams
Directed by Marc Bruni

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