Stamos, Gershon, Houdyshell, Irwin Will Put on a Happy Face in Broadway Birdie

By Kenneth Jones
Playbill
02 Apr 2009

John Stamos and Gina Gershon

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 or www.roundabouttheatre.org.
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