John Stamos, Gina Gershon, Jayne Houdyshell and Bill Irwin will star in the first Broadway revival of Bye Bye Birdie
, the sweetly satiric Tony Award-winning musical comedy about a pop star joining the Army — and the chaos it causes.
Roundabout Theatre Company has announced the casting for director-choreographer Robert Longbottom's new production, to play a Roundabout venue in fall 2009. Dates and theatre will be announced.
TV, Broadway and pop star Stamos will play manager-songwriter Albert Peterson; film and Broadway actress Gershon will be Albert's long-suffering girlfriend, Rose Alvarez; Tony Award winner Irwin will be suburban dad Harry MacAfee; and Wicked
veteran Jayne Houdyshell (acclaimed for her work in Well
on and off Broadway) will be Albert's guilt-inflicting mother, Mae Peterson.
Casting for the roles of star-struck teen Kim MacAfee and the Elvis-like, hip-swiveling Conrad Birdie will be announced at a later date, as will additional creative members and citizens of Sweet Apple, OH. Sweet Apple is where Conrad Birdie plants "One Last Kiss" on a fan — live, on "The Ed Sullivan Show." Birdie
, which won the 1961 Tony Award as Best Musical, has a book by the late Michael Stewart, lyrics by Lee Adams and music by Charles Strouse. Strouse previously told Playbill.com that Longbottom may incorporate a version of the 1963 film's title song into the stage show (the number is not usually part of the Broadway score).
For more information, visit Bye Bye Birdie on Broadway - Official Site