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Highlights of 2009-2010 Broadway Season

2009-2010 Broadway Season Officially Ends

HIGHLIGHTS OF A HISTORIC STAR-FILLED YEAR, PACKED WITH SHOWS:

Burn The Floor • Bye Bye Birdie • The Royal Family • Hamlet • After Miss Julie • Wishful Drinking • Ragtime • White Christmas  • A Little Night Music • A View From the Bridge • The Miracle Worker • A Behanding in Spokane •
Times Stands Still • Present Laughter • Next Fall • Looped • Red • Lend Me a Tenor • Million Dollar Quartet • La Cage aux Folles •  Sondheim on Sondheim • Fences • Collected Stories • Everyday Rapture


With the opening last night of Roundabout Theatre Company’s Everyday Rapture, the 2009-2010 Broadway Season officially comes to an end.
 
One of the busiest and exciting Broadway seasons in years included many moments that will make it truly memorable.  
 
Follow along with us on Twitter (@BBBway) as we look back at this electric, star-packed season.  
 
@OfficialBTF:
“Last summer, the Longacre heated up with the dancers of BURN THE FLOOR.  Maks and Karina from DWTS were a special treat for audiences.”
 
@B3onBroadway:
“The new Henry Miller’s Theatre opened in September with the first revival of the famous rock-n-roll musical BYE BYE BIRDIE.  Mayor Bloomberg cut the ribbon!”

@MTC_NYC:
“THE ROYAL FAMILY was so luscious, even the NY Times is still talking about it:   http://tinyurl.com/39yw4vg .”
 
@HamletBway09:
“Jude Law returned to Broadway last fall in the Donmar Warehouse’s mega-hit acclaimed production of HAMLET.”
 
@NightMusicBway:
“Celebrated stars Catherine Zeta-Jones and Angela Lansbury lit up Broadway this Winter in the first revival of A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC.”
 
@RTC_NYC:
“Carrie Fisher had audiences rolling in the aisles as she told her sordid, martini soaked tale in WISHFUL DRINKING.”
 
@BBBWAY:
“The Neil Simon Plays: Brighton Beach Memoirs, directed by David Cromer, earns enthusiastic reviews, but plays briefly at Broadway’s Nederlander Theatre.”
 
@RTC_NYC:
“Patrick Marber’s AFTER MISS JULIE brought Sienna Miller & Jonny Lee Miller together in an intoxicating tango.”
 
@SignatureTheatr:
 “Signature Theatre enjoys one of its biggest critical successes with the marathon trilogy production, Horton Foote’s THE ORPHANS’ HOME CYCLE, directed by Michael Wilson.”
 
@RagtimeonBway09:
“The celebrated musical RAGTIME returned to Broadway this Fall, breathing new life into the beloved American epic.”
 
@BBBWAY:
“IRVING BERLIN’S WHITE CHRISTMAS returned to Broadway at the Marquis Theatre this Winter, making it New York’s newest holiday tradition.”

@VIEWonBroadway:
“The new year began dramatically with Liev Schreiber and Scarlett Johansson in a definitive production of A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE.
 
@RTC_NYC:
“The dashing Victor Garber nailed the classic Noel Coward matinee idol role in a very funny revival of PRESENT LAUGHTER.”
 
@MTC_NYC:
“Donald Margulies’ newest play, TIME STANDS STILL earns rave reviews in its Broadway debut at MTC’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre.”
 
@MiracleWorkerNY:
“THE MIRACLE WORKER brought Oscar nominee Abigail Breslin to Circle in the Square for her Broadway debut, alongside Tony nominee Alison Pill.”
 
@LoopedBroadway:
“Valerie Harper returned to Broadway in March in a tour-de-force performance as Tallulah Bankhead in LOOPED.”
 
@NextFall:
“Geoffrey Naufft’s new American play NEXT FALL opened in March and was lauded by critics for its humor, compassion and depth.”
 
@BehandingBWAY:
“March roared in like a lion with Chris Walken’s memorable portrayal of a one-handed man in A BEHANDING IN SPOKANE.”
 
@MillionDQuartet:
“In April, MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET became Broadway’s newest smash hit musical featuring a treasure trove of beloved rock and roll songs.”
 
@LendTenorNYC:
“Uproarious laughter has filled The Music Box since the April bow of Ken Ludwig’s madcap comedy Lend Me A Tenor, directed by Stanley Tucci.”
 
@RedonBroadway:
“Stage & screen vet Alfred Molina and Broadway newcomer Eddie Redmayne paint NY RED in John Logan’s new play, directed by Michael Grandage.”
 
@LaCageBroadway:
“LA CAGE AUX FOLLES opens to raves for Kelsey Grammer & Douglas Hodge and the ingeniously reinvented production, directed by Terry Johnson.”
 
@RTC_NYC:
“The adoration for Sondheim’s musical genius continued this spring in SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM.  Barbara Cook is a rare treat for Broadway audiences.”
 
@MTC_NYC:
“Donald Margulies’ COLLECTED STORIES premiered on Broadway at MTC, starring Linda Lavin, Sarah Paulson and directed by Lynne Meadow.”
 
@FencesBroadway:
“The first Broadway revival of FENCES, directed by Kenny Leon, opened to a chorus of raves for stars Denzel Washington and Viola Davis.
 
@RTC_NYC:
“Sherie Rene Scott finished the season off with a bang, wowing critics with her new musical EVERYDAY RAPTURE.” 

www.twitter.com/bbbway 
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BYE BYE BIRDIE begins final 2 weeks of performances

FINAL TWO WEEKS!


ROUNDABOUT THEATRE COMPANY

BYE BYE BIRDIE


concludes its limited engagement Sunday, January 24th 2010

“Fifty years on, ‘Bye Bye Birdie’ is still as light, frothy, and irresistible as an egg cream.”
– John Lahr, New Yorker Magazine

“Bye Bye Birdie is as bubbly and sweet as it could possibly be. Just about every production number stops the show! – Scott Brown, New York Magazine

“A show for the kid with you & the kid in you.” – John Simon, Bloomberg


 

On Broadway at the Henry Miller’s Theatre


Roundabout Theatre Company’s (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director) limited engagement of Bye Bye Birdie will play its final performance on Sunday, January 24th at 2:00 PM.
 
Bye Bye Birdie stars John Stamos (Albert Peterson), Gina Gershon (Rose Alvarez) & Bill Irwin (Mr. Harry MacAfee) with Jayne Houdyshell (Mrs. Mae Peterson), Dee Hoty (Mrs. MacAfee) & Nolan Gerard Funk (Conrad Birdie).  BYE BYE BIRDIE is directed and choreographed by Robert Longbottom with a book by Michael Stewart, music by Charles Strouse and lyrics by Lee Adams.
 
Bye Bye Birdie will have played 40 previews and 117 performances; Preview performances began on September 10th, 2009 and officially opened on October 15th, 2009.  
 
Additional cast members include Catherine Blades, Deanna Cipolla, Paula Leggett Chase, Riley Costello, John Treacy Egan, Colleen Fitzpatrick, Todd Gearhart, Patty Goble, Suzanne Grodner, Robert Hager, Nina Hennessey, Natalie Hill, Julia Knitel, Jess LeProtto, David McDonald, JC Montgomery, Jillian Mueller, Paul Pilcz, Daniel Quadrino, Emma Rowley, Timothy Shew, Kevin Shotwell, Allison Strong, Bethany Ann Tesarck, Jim Walton, Brynn Williams, Branch Woodman.

Bye Bye Birdie’s design team includes Andrew Jackness (Sets), Gregg Barnes (Costumes), Ken Billington (Lights), Acme Sound Partners (Sound), Howard Werner (Projections), David Holcenberg (Musical Director), Howard Joines (Musical Coordinator), David Brian Brown (Hair & Wigs), Jonathan Tunick (Orchestrations) and David Chase (Music Supervisor).
 
In Bye Bye Birdie, the exuberant rock n’ roll musical comedy, it’s 1960 and hip-swingin’ teen idol superstar Conrad Birdie (Funk) has been drafted into the army.   Birdie’s manager Albert (Stamos) and his secretary Rosie (Gershon) have cooked up a plan to send him off with a swell new song and one last kiss from a lucky teenage fan… on “The Ed Sullivan Show”!  


TICKET INFORMATION:
Tickets are available online at http://www.byebyebirdieonbroadway.com <http://www.byebyebirdieonbroadway.com/> or by phone at (212)239-6200.  
Ticket prices range from $86.50 – $136.50.  To become a Roundabout subscriber visit http://www.roundabouttheatre.org <http://www.roundabouttheatre.org/>  or call Roundabout Ticket Services (212)719-1300.
 
PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE:
Bye Bye Birdie
plays Tuesday evening at 7:00PM, Wed-Sat evening at 8:00PM with Wed, Sat & Sun matinees at 2:00PM

http://www.roundabouttheatre.org <http://www.roundabouttheatre.org/>

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Short Takes with BYE BYE BIRDIE’s Allie Trimm

Allie Trimm is currently appearing as ‘Kim MacAfee’ in Roundabout Theatre Company’s revival of BYE BYE BIRDIE at Henry Miller’s Theater. Here are some questions we posed to her along with a few extras of our own.
 
 
 
 
 
1.)  Favorite Musical and/or T.V show of all time : 
Favorite musical:  There are too many.  So I’ll say, still love “13”… 
Jason Robert Brown is my hero. 
 
 
                                                   
Favorite TV show:  I’m addicted to “House”, “Medium,” “Glee,” and “Ghost Whisperer”
 
  
  
  
  
2.)  What musical theatre character would you most like to be stranded with on a desert island?
The genie from Aladdin because he would grant me wishes and make me laugh all day.  Can he be eligible?
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
3.)  If you could nominate anyone to be President of the United States, who would it be?
Well…I’m a 15-year-old theater kid.  I nominate Alice Ripley. I’ll nominate her for everything!
 
4.)  What’s the last song you downloaded?
 
 Lady Gaga, the entire CD. She’s amazing.
 
5.) What’s your favorite NY restaurant?
 That’s easy!  Natsumi on West 50th and Broadway. They have the best sushi in town!
 
 
 
 TICKET INFORMATION:

Bye Bye Birdie is a limited engagement through January 24th, 2010.

Tickets are available online at www.byebyebirdieonbroadway.com or by phone at (212)239-6200. 

Ticket prices range from $86.50 – $136.50.  To become a Roundabout subscriber visit www.roundabouttheatre.org or call Roundabout Ticket Services (212)719-1300. 

www.byebyebirdieonbroadway.com

www.roundabouttheatre.org

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BYE BYE BIRDIE in the news

ROUNDABOUT THEATRE COMPANY

 

BYE BYE BIRDIE

Featured in  

The New York Times, Hollywood Reporter & OUT Magazine

 

 

Roundabout Theatre Company’s Broadway production of Bye Bye Birdie has been recently featured in the news.

 

Click on the links below to learn more.

 

The New York Times

Birdie hosts a “Glee” party

BIRDIEGleeParty

 

Hollywood Reporter

John Stamos receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

StamosHollywoodStar

 

OUT Magazine

Director & Choreographer voted “Most Graceful” in OUT 100 Issue

LongbottomOUT100 

 

Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director) presents the first new Broadway production of Bye Bye Birdie, after a 48 year absence, as the inaugural production of the new Henry Miller’s Theatre (124 West 43rd Street).  This is a limited engagement through April 25th, 2010.

 

Bye Bye Birdie stars John Stamos (Albert Peterson), Gina Gershon (Rose Alvarez) & Bill Irwin (Mr. Harry MacAfee) with Jayne Houdyshell (Mrs. Mae Peterson), Dee Hoty (Mrs. MacAfee) and Nolan Gerard Funk as “Conrad Birdie”.   The cast also features Matt Doyle (Hugo Peabody), Neil McCaffrey (Randolph MacAfee), Allie Trimm (Kim MacAfee).  Bye Bye Birdie is directed and choreographed by Robert Longbottom with a book by Michael Stewart, music by Charles Strouse and lyrics by Lee Adams.

 

In Bye Bye Birdie, the exuberant rock n’ roll musical comedy, it’s 1960 and hip-swingin’ teen idol superstar Conrad Birdie (Funk) has been drafted into the army.   Birdie’s manager Albert (Stamos) and his secretary Rosie (Gershon) have cooked up a plan to send him off with a swell new song and one last kiss from a lucky teenage fan… on “The Ed Sullivan Show”! 

 

 

TICKET INFORMATION:

Tickets are available online at www.byebyebirdieonbroadway.com or by phone at (212)239-6200.  Ticket prices range from $86.50 – $136.50.  To become a Roundabout subscriber visit www.roundabouttheatre.org or call Roundabout Ticket Services (212)719-1300.

 

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE:

Bye Bye Birdie plays Tuesday through Saturday evening at 8:00PM with Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:00PM. 

 

 

www.byebyebirdieonbroadway.com

 

www.roundabouttheatre.org

 

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WISHFUL DRINKING & BYE BYE BIRDIE in Wall St. Journal

The Wall Street Journal

November 6, 2009

 

A Dressing Room of One’s Own

For stars like Carrie Fisher and Gina Gershon, the backstage getaway gets a makeover

By ELLEN GAMERMAN

Never mind the star on the door. Actors on Broadway are getting something even better with their dressing rooms: their own interior designer.

 

With celebrities continuing their steady march to Broadway, the drafty dressing room with exposed pipes and worn carpet is getting an upgrade. Productions are helping provide their star performers with lush, professionally created backstage getaways. The dressing-room makeover serves several purposes: a perk for the actor, exposure for the show and a marketing opportunity for interior designers who are trying to build a brand.

This season, the press office for the Roundabout Theatre Company’s “Wishful Drinking” brought in HGTV interior designer and architect John Gidding to personalize a space for actress, author and “Star Wars” icon Carrie Fisher during her current one-woman show at Studio 54.

Ms. Fisher relaxes backstage amid candy-colored stripes on the walls, an electrified neon strip in the bathroom (a nod to the theater’s disco past) and “Star Wars” kitsch scattered around, including a painting of a white poodle with Princess Leia buns. Mr. Gidding recalls Ms. Fisher telling him she has pictures of funny-looking kids in her Los Angeles home, so he also hung up a photo of a child with big ears. “It’s someone’s baby that someone I know knows,” he says, adding that the parents don’t know their child’s face has been repurposed as dressing-room décor.

 

“He took a room that looked like an emergency room and made it into a playroom, with emergency room overtones,” Ms. Fisher said in an email. “A place where I have room to grow.”

Unlike a trailer on a movie set—often just a locker room between takes—theater dressing rooms can be second homes, personal spaces about as big as the New York apartments of many aspiring actors. In these rooms, actors entertain, get into character, eat and nap between eight performances a week. When Marléne Danielle left her dressing room after 18 years in “Cats”—the only cat to last the full run—she found the move emotionally wrenching.

“It was … a very, very comforting, secure place,” Ms. Danielle says of the dressing room she shared with more than a dozen other women. “You may come to work feeling horrible—’Oh my God, I don’t want to perform today.’ You have a chance to speak to someone who will get you through whatever you’re going through: breakups, deaths, marriages, sicknesses, you name it.”

Gina Gershon, who stars in “Bye Bye Birdie,” felt claustrophobic in her dressing room below street level at Henry Miller’s Theatre. She was horrified by the harsh fluorescent lighting and gray walls. “It literally looked like a prison cell,” she says. So she worked with interior-designer and artist friends to brighten the room, including placing a movable window frame over a large photo of the ocean to create an “ocean view.” She added a machine that plays sounds of seagulls and crashing waves. “It’s like a psychological thing,” she says. “It helps me feel calm instead of feeling like, ‘Oh my God, I can’t breathe.'”

“Birdie” co-star John Stamos favored an “old Broadway look” for his dressing room, whose makeover was occasioned by a segment on the “Rachael Ray Show.” HGTV host and interior designer Carter Oosterhouse turned the drab room into a red-and-black lair, then added a framed Playbill from the 1960 Broadway production signed by original cast members Dick Van Dyke and Chita Rivera. (On “Rachel Ray,” Mr. Stamos vowed to kiss the picture of Ms. Rivera before every show.) Mr. Oosterhouse was able to collect about $10,000 in mostly donated furnishings for the project, and in turn he promoted West Elm products in the segment.

Click here to read the full article:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703574604574501690415706508.html 

 

 

Broadway is STARRIER THAN EVER!

 Broadway is STARRIER THAN EVER!

2009-2010 Season 

Click here to find out about all the

stars and new shows coming to Broadway this season:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dXwpX3Z2NU4  

New Stars Added! 

New stars and shows have been announced for this season!

Joining previously announced productions are A Little Night Music, Million Dollar Quartet, Next Fall and Sondheim on Sondheim.

Here are some of the amazing stars who are performing this season on the Great White Way:

Dennis Boutsikaris (Brighton Beach Memoirs; Broadway Bound), Barbara Cook (Sondheim on Sondheim), Alan Cumming (SPIDER-MAN Turn Off The Dark), Anya Garnis & Pasha Kovalev of “So You Think You Can Dance” (Burn The Floor), Mara Davi (Irving Berlin’s White Christmas), Melissa Errico (Irving Berlin’s White Christmas), Carrie Fisher (Wishful Drinking), Nolan Gerard Funk (Bye Bye Birdie),  Victor Garber (Present Laughter), Ana Gasteyer (The Royal Family), Gina Gershon (Bye Bye Birdie), John Glover (The Royal Family), Alexander Hanson (A Little Night Music), (Rosemary Harris (The Royal Family), Douglas Hodge (La Cage aux Folles), Dee Hoty (Bye Bye Birdie), Jayne Houdyshell (Bye Bye Birdie), Bill Irwin (Bye Bye Birdie), Linda Lavin (Collected Stories), Angela Lansbury (A Little Night Music), Jude Law (Hamlet), Laura Linney (Time Stands Still), Jan Maxwell (The Royal Family), Laurie Metcalf (Brighton Beach Memoirs; Broadway Bound), Sienna Miller (After Miss Julie), Jonny Lee Miller (After Miss Julie), Christiane Noll (Ragtime), Larry Pine (The Royal Family), Tony Roberts (The Royal Family), Reg Rogers (The Royal Family), Alicia Silverstone (Time Stands Still), John Stamos (Bye Bye Birdie), Evan Rachel Wood (SPIDER-MAN Turn Off The Dark), Vanessa Williams (Sondheim on Sondheim), Tony Yazbeck (Irving Berlin’s White Christmas), Catherine Zeta Jones (A Little Night Music).

 

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE BROADWAY SEASON ALREADY ANNOUNCED

                                                        FIRST PREVIEW                      OPENING NIGHT

BURN THE FLOOR                   July 25, 2009                                       August 2, 2009

WISHFUL DRINKING              September 22, 2009                             October 4, 2009

HAMLET                                     September 12, 2009                             October 6, 2009

THE ROYAL FAMILY               September 15, 2009                             October 8, 2009

BYE BYE BIRDIE                      September 10, 2009                             October 15, 2009

AFTER MISS JULIE                September 18, 2009                             October 22, 2009

BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS October 2, 2009                                October 25, 2009

RAGTIME                                October 23, 2009                                November 15, 2009

IRVING BERLIN’S
WHITE CHRISTMAS           November 13, 2009                             November 13, 2009

BROADWAY BOUND            November 18, 2009                             December 10, 2009

A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC           TBA                                                     December TBA

PRESENT LAUGHTER            January 2, 2010                                    January 21, 2010

TIME STANDS STILL             January 5, 2010                                    January 28, 2010

A BEHANDING IN SPOKANE        TBA                                                     March 4, 2010

NEXT FALL                                        TBA                                                    March 11, 2010

SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM          March 19, 2010                                 April 22, 2010

LA CAGE AUX FOLLES                   March 2010                                         April 18, 2010

SPIDER-MAN TURN OFF THE DARK     February 25, 2010                               TBA

COLLECTED STORIES                   April 6, 2010                                        April 28, 2010

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET                  TBA                                                    TBA

Boneau/Bryan-Brown Kicks Off “Theatre Thursday”

BONEAU/BRYAN-BROWN

KICKS OFF “THEATRE THURSDAY”

ON TWITTER.COM 

FOLLOW BBB AT www.twitter.com/bbbway

BE A PART OF THEATRE THURSDAY BY USING #theatrethursday 

Boneau/Bryan-Brown is kicking off “Theatre Thursday” on Twitter, the micro-blogging website that is revolutionizing media and information distribution.

To be a part of “Theatre Thursday,” use the hashtag: #theatrethursday.

Below are links and information on the Twitter presence for Boneau/Bryan-Brown and our clients:

Boneau/Bryan-Brown:                         www.twitter.com/BBBway

The 39 Steps                                        www.twitter.com/39StepsBroadway

A Behanding in Spokane                       www.twitter.com/BehandingBway

Atlantic Theater Company: Oohrah!, Two Unrelated Plays By David Mamet: Keep Your Pantheon and School, Ages of the Moon, Gabriel

                                                            www.twitter.com/AtlanticTheater

BC/EFA                                               www.twitter.com/BCEFA

Burn The Floor                                     www.twitter.com/OfficialBTF

Bye Bye Birdie                                     www.twitter.com/B3OnBroadway

God of Carnage                                    www.twitter.com/GodofCarnageBWY

Guthrie Theater                                     www.twitter.com/GuthrieTheater

Hamlet                                                 www.twitter.com/HamletBway09

Jersey Boys                                          www.twitter.com/JerseyBoysInfo

La Cage Aux Folles                              www.twitter.com/LaCageBroadway

Mamma Mia!                                       www.twitter.com/MammaMiaMusical

Manhattan Theatre Club: The Royal Family, Time Stands Still, Collected Stories, Nightingale, Equivocation, That Face

                                                            www.twitter.com/MTC_NYC

The Neil Simon Plays                            www.twitter.com/NeilSimonPlays

Ragtime                                                www.twitter.com/RagtimeOnBway09

Roundabout Theatre Company: After Miss Julie, Wishful Drinking, The Understudy, Ordinary Days, Present Laughter, The Glass Menagerie

                                                            www.twitter.com/RTC_NYC

Shrek The Musical                                www.twitter.com/ShreksterOnline

Signature Theatre Company: The Orphans’ Home Cycle

                                                            www.twitter.com/SignatureTheatr

Spider-Man Turn Off The Dark            www.twitter.com/SpideyOnBway

Stomp                                                  www.twitter.com/StompNYC

 

ROUNDABOUT ANNOUNCES STARS OF BYE BYE BIRDIE ON BROADWAY

48 years after the original Broadway production

ROUNDABOUT THEATRE COMPANY

Announces

JOHN STAMOS      GINA GERSHON

&

BILL IRWIN  

 

to star in the first new Broadway production of

the 1961 Tony Award® winning musical

BYE BYE BIRDIE

 

Book by MICHAEL STEWART     Lyrics by LEE ADAMS

Music by CHARLES STROUSE    

 

Also starring

JAYNE HOUDYSHELL

 

Directed and Choreographed by ROBERT LONGBOTTOM

 

Opening in the Fall of 2009 on Broadway!

 

 

After a 48 year absence, Bye Bye Birdie will return to Broadway this fall presented by Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director) in a production starring John Stamos (Albert Peterson), Gina Gershon (Rose Alvarez), Bill Irwin (Mr. Harry MacAfee) and Jayne Houdyshell (Mrs. Mae Peterson). 

 

Directed & choreographed by Robert Longbottom, Bye Bye Birdie has a book by Michael Stewart, lyrics by Lee Adams and music by Charles Strouse.

 

Roundabout is proud to welcome back three artists who have previously worked at the theatrical institution: John Stamos, Gina Gershon and Bill Irwin.

 

John Stamos was most recently featured on the final three seasons of NBC’s critically acclaimed drama “ER.”  After three appearances on Broadway – in Roundabout’s Tony Award® winning Cabaret & Nine and How to Succeed in Business Without Really TryingBye Bye Birdie will mark the first time Mr. Stamos originates a role in a new Broadway production.

 

Gina Gershon was most recently seen last season in the Tony Award® winning play Boeing Boeing.  Ms. Gershon made her Broadway musical debut as “Sally Bowles” in Roundabout’s production of Cabaret.

 

Bill Irwin is currently starring on Broadway in Roundabout’s production of Waiting for Godot which marks his return to Broadway after his 2005 Tony Award® for Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? 

 

Jayne Houdyshell returns to Broadway after appearing in the musical Wicked and the 2006 production of Well.

 

Bye Bye Birdie will begin performances in the Fall of 2009. This will be a limited engagement.  Additional creative members and citizens of Sweet Apple, Ohio will be announced shortly.

 

In Bye Bye Birdie, the exuberant rock n’ roll musical comedy, it’s 1960 and hip-swingin’ teen idol superstar Conrad Birdie has been drafted into the army.   Birdie’s manager Albert (Stamos) and his secretary Rosie (Gershon) have cooked up a plan to send him off with a swell new song and one last kiss from a lucky teenage fan… on “The Ed Sullivan Show”! 

 

Bye Bye Birdie received the 1961 Tony Award® for Best Musical and features such beloved songs as “Put on A Happy Face,” “Kids,” “Spanish Rose,” “The Telephone Hour” and “A Lot of Livin’ To Do.” 

 

 

TICKET INFORMATION:

Only Roundabout subscribers have first access to tickets!  To join Roundabout visit http://www.roundabouttheatre.org or call Roundabout Ticket Services (212) 719-9393.

 

Tickets go on sale to the general public June 2009.  Check http://www.roundabouttheatre.org for details.

 

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE:

Bye Bye Birdie will play Tuesday through Saturday evening at 8:00PM with Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:00PM. 

 

Biographies:

JOHN STAMOS (Albert Peterson).  Actor/producer John Stamos continues to find success in many different areas of the entertainment world.  He can currently be seen starring in NBC’s Emmy Award-winning drama series “ER.”  Stamos plays Tony Gates, a maverick, hot-tempered, and flirtatious doctor and Gulf War veteran. His addition to the ensemble cast helped create a resurgence in ratings for one of the longest-running prime-time dramas now on TV. Since he joined the cast, the show reached its milestone 300th episode. The 15th and final season of “ER” can currently be seen on NBC.  Stamos has also enjoyed tremendous success on Broadway, most recently starring in the Tony Award-winning “NINE.”  His Broadway debut came in 1995’s “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” and, in 2000, he starred as the Emcee in “Cabaret,” which was very well received.  Through his St. Amos banner, he recently produced and starred in “The Two Mr. Kissels,” a Lifetime original movie based on the true story of two multimillionaire brothers who married the women of their dreams and wound up dead. He is also co-producing a feature film version of the TV Classic “The Jeffersons” for Sony.  Additional producing credits include an Emmy nomination in 2000 for co-producing the ABC miniseries “Beach Boys: An American Family” and the highly rated CBS telefilm “Martin & Lewis.”  Not limiting himself to behind-the-camera work, he was recently seen in Neil Meron and Craig Zadan’s Emmy and Golden Globe nominated adaptation of “Raisin in the Sun” for ABC.  He was also recently seen starring in the A&E original film “Wedding Wars” as a gay wedding planner who leads a nation wide strike for gay marriage rights.  His additional television film credits include “The Marriage Fool” opposite Walter Matthau and Carol Burnett.  Stamos also starred in ABC’s 2005 comedy “Jake in Progress.”  In 2001, he starred in the ABC romantic comedy “Thieves” about a pair of master thieves who become covert government agents.  USA Today said of his performance, “the real revelation here is Stamos.”  On the big screen, he made his entry into the independent film world in the black comedy Dropping Out, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2000 and in the contemporary romantic comedy Grownups.  His recent film credits include the independent films I Am Stamos and Knots.  Stamos’ career has spanned over 25 years, beginning with the hit soap “General Hospital.” He later segued to one of the most iconic family television programs playing “Uncle Jesse” on the popular ABC series “Full House.”  Stamos has also displayed his musical talents over the past 20 years while touring with “The Beach Boys.”  John currently lives in Los Angeles.

 

GINA GERSHON (Rose Alvarez) has enjoyed a successful and diverse career in entertainment, earning acclaim as a film, television and stage actor, as a singer/songwriter/musician and most recently as an author.  Gershon’s prolific film career began when she made her feature debut as a dancer in the 1981 film Beatlemania.  She landed her first speaking role with a memorable turn in John Hughes’ box office hit Pretty in Pink.  In addition to her breakout roles in Paul Verhoeven’s Showgirls and the Wachowski Brothers’ Bound, Gershon has appeared in such films as Red Heat opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger, Cocktail opposite Tom Cruise, John Sayles’s City of Hope, Robert Altman’s The Player, the John Woo blockbuster Face/Off opposite John Travolta and Nicolas Cage, and Michael Mann’s Oscar-nominated The Insider opposite Al Pacino. Gershon was most recently in Richard LaGravenese’s P.S. I Love You opposite Hillary Swank and will next be seen in Taylor Hackford’s Love Ranch opposite Helen Mirren.  On television, Gershon’s notable credits include the CBS mini-series, “Sinatra”, the TNT original movie “Legalese”‘ opposite James Garner, Kathleen Turner and Mary Louise Parker and David E. Kelley’s action detective drama “Snoops”.  Gershon has recurring roles in ABC’s Emmy Award-winning comedy series “Ugly Betty”, Larry David’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm” for HBO, and FX’s “Rescue Me”.  She recently guest starred on the Danny McBride HBO series “Eastbound & Down”, and will next be seen starring in the Lifetime mini-series “Everything She Ever Wanted”.  Gershon recently made a huge splash on Broadway, receiving rave reviews as the Italian flight attendant Gabriella in the 2008 Tony Award-winning revival of Boeing Boeing.  She will return to the stage this fall to star in the first-ever Broadway revival of Bye Bye Birdie.  Additional stage credits include a 2001 starring role as Sally Bowles in Sam Mendes’s Broadway revival of Cabaret at Roundabout Theatre Company, the stage plays Camille opposite Kathleen Turner and Jon Robin Baitz’s The Substance of Fire (both at the Long Wharf Theatre), and in Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues.  As a founding member of the New York-based theater company Naked Angels, Gershon has appeared in numerous productions with the company. Gershon also appeared in the original production of William Mastrosimone’s Nanawatai, which opened the Los Angeles Theatre Center.  Having always enjoyed singing and songwriting, Gershon’s musical career blossomed with the independent film Prey for Rock & Roll, receiving critical acclaim for her role as singer/guitarist Jacki. Her powerful turn as a rock performer in this project led Gershon to star in the IFC documentary Rocked, which followed her on the road touring with the indie rock band Girls Against Boys. Gershon’s musical career continues to thrive with her latest CD “In Search of Cleo”, a compilation of original songs with a unique sound that mixes country, rock and jazz. Additionally, Gershon has also played Jew’s harp on recordings for Herbie Hancock, the Scissor Sisters, Rufus Wainwright and Christian McBride.  In 2007, Gershon became a first time author, co-writing a novel for young adults with her brother Dann entitled Camp Creepy Time.

 

BILL IRWIN (Mr. Harry MacAfee) is currently playing Vladimir in Roundabout Theatre Company’s production of Waiting for Godot at Studio 54.  He is an original member of Kraken and San Francisco’s Pickle Family Circus.  Original works include Fool Moon, Largely New York, The Harlequin Studies, Mr. Fox: A Rumination, The Happiness Lecture, and The Regard of Flight.  Theatre: Broadway/West End revival of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf (2005 Tony Award, Helen Hayes Award), The Goat or Who is Sylvia, Accidental Death of An Anarchist, 5-6-7-8 Dance!, Waiting For Godot, Scapin, The Tempest, Garden of Earthly Delights, Texts for Nothing, A Flea In Her Ear, 2003/2004 Signature Theatre season devoted to his original work, The Seagull, A Man’s A Man, 3 Cuckolds. Television: PBS Great Performances; “Bill Irwin Clown Prince,” “Third Rock from the Sun,” “Northern Exposure,” “Sesame Street,” “Elmo’s World,” “The Regard of Flight,” Closing Ceremony 1996 Olympic Games, “The Cosby Show,” “The Laramie Project,” “Subway Stories,” “Bette Midler: Mondo Beyondo,” “Law and Order,” “Life on Mars,” “CSI.” Film: Rachel Getting Married, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Igby Goes Down, Lady in the Water, Dark Matter, Raving, Across The Universe, Popeye, Eight Men Out, Silent Tongue, Illuminata, My Blue Heaven, A New Life, Scenes from a Mall, Stepping Out.Awards: National Endowment for the Arts Choreographer’s Fellowship, Guggenheim and Fulbright and MacArthur Fellowships.

 

JAYNE HOUDYSHELL (Mrs. Mae Peterson).  Broadway: Wicked; Well (2006 Tony Nomination, Theatre World Award Winner 2006).  Off-Broadway: The New Century at Lincoln Center Theater (Outer Critics Circle Nominations, Drama League Nomination), The Receptionist at Manhattan Theatre Club (2008 Lucille Lortel Nomination, Drama League Nomination),  The Pain and the Itch  (2007 Drama League Nomination); Well, Public Theatre (2004 Obie Award and Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Lucille Lortel Award Nominations); Much Ado About Nothing, NYSF;  Fighting Words, Playwrights Horizons; True Love, Zipper Theater; Attempts on Her Life, SoHo Rep. Regional Theater: The Pain and The Itch, Steppenwolf Theatre (2005 Jefferson Award); The Clean House, Wilma Theatre (2005 Barrymore Award), Yale Repertory Theater, McCarter Theatre, Actors Theater of Louisville, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Missouri Repertory Theater, Syracuse Stage, Geva Theatre, Asolo Theater, Studio Arena Theater, Meadow Brook Theater and many others. Film: Everbody’s Fine, Garden State, Changing Lanes, Trust The Man, and Things That Hang From Trees. Television: “Unorthodox”, “Conviction”, “Law & Order”, “Law & Order: Criminal Intent”, “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” and “Third Watch”. Proud Member of Actors Equity Association.

 

MICHAEL STEWART (Book) scored on Broadway the first time out when he won a Tony for his Bye Bye Birdie libretto. He was the librettist for Carnival (Drama Critics Circle Award) and Hello, Dolly!, which won him both Tony and Drama Critics prizes. He also wrote the books for 42nd Street (with Mark Bramble, Tony nomination), George M!, Mack and Mabel and The Grand Tour; both book and lyrics for I Love My Wife; and lyrics for Barnum. Mr. Stewart died in 1987.

 

LEE ADAMS (Lyrics) began his professional career as a journalist, working as a newspaper reporter, magazine writer and editor, and radio writer and interviewer. But his life took a sudden turn when his “hobby” of lyric writing let to Bye Bye Birdie in 1960. This unheralded little Broadway musical was a smash hit and went on to become a classic. Now, forty-six years later, Birdie remains the most performed musical for schools and amateur theaters. Adams received the first of his two Tony awards for Birdie, followed on Broadway by All American (1962); Golden Boy with Sammy Davis (1964); ‘…It’s Superman (1966); Applause with Lauren Bacall (1970), for which he won his second Tony.  In 1972, with his composer-collaborator Charles Strouse, Adams wrote a much -acclaimed musical, I And Albert in London.  He wrote the lyrics for TV’s long-running “All in the Family” theme, “Those Were The Days,” which has been heard more often than any other television theme. And with Strouse he wrote the score for the film The Night They Raided Minsky’s, a cult favorite.  Among his hundreds of songs, a number have become standards, including “Put On A Happy Face,” “Kids,” “Once Upon A Time,” “Applause,” “Night Song,” “I Want To Be With You,” and “A Lot Of Livin’ To Do.” Adams’ other awards include an Emmy for “Let’s Settle Down,” from the TV version of Birdie, and the ASCAP Richard Rodgers Award for outstanding contributions to the American Musical Theater, and his induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. He has taught seminars on American musical theater at Yale, Columbia, and N.Y.U., and is proud to be a Life Member of the Dramatists Guild Council. Adams is currently working on a musicalization of the 1950’s classic movie, Marty, with composer Strouse and bookwriter Rupert Holmes.

 

CHARLES STROUSE (Music) music has been an integral part of American culture for over forty years.  His first Broadway musical was the smash hit Bye Bye Birdie (written with long time collaborator Lee Adams).  It won him a Tony Award for best score – his first of three – and paved the way for his next show All American (book by Mel Brooks) which produced the well-known standard “Once Upon a Time” (recorded by countless vocalists, including Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett and Bobby Darin). In 1964, Golden Boy (starring Sammy Davis, Jr.) earned four Tony Award nominations, and in 1966, Mr. Strouse went on to write the Broadway favorite It’s A Bird!  It’s A Plane!  It’s Superman! (based on the popular comic strip). In 1970, Applause (starring Lauren Bacall) won Mr. Strouse his second Tony Award.  In 1977, Mr. Strouse adapted another comic strip for the stage. It was the hugely popular Annie– which went on to become a world wide phenomenon, and garnered Mr. Strouse yet another Tony (in addition to two Grammys).  Some of Mr. Strouse’s other musicals include Dance a Little Closer (lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner), Charlie & Algernon (Tony nomination), Rags(Tony nomination) and Nick & Nora (Tony nomination).  Mr. Strouse’s film scores include the classics Bonnie & Clyde, There was a Crooked Man (with Henry Fonda and Kirk Douglas), The Night They Raided Minsky’s and the popular animated movie All Dogs Go to Heaven.  He also wrote the theme song “Those Were the Days” for the groundbreaking television show “All in the Family”.  Mr. Strouse’s songs have been heard on the radio throughout his career and have run the gamut from girl-band pop to hip hop. In 1958, his song “Born Too Late” was number one on the Billboard charts, and in 1999 the quadruple platinum “Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem)” by artist Jay-Z was the winner of a Grammy for Best Rap Album of the year & the Billboard R&B Album of the Year.  Mr. Strouse’s writing also extends into orchestral works, chamber music, piano concertos and opera.  His “Concerto America” premiered at The Boston Pops in 2004, and his opera “Nightingale” (starring Sarah Brightman) had a long and successful run in London’s West End.  A graduate of the Eastman School of Music, Mr. Strouse studied under Aaron Copland and Nadia Boulanger. In 1977, he founded the ASCAP Musical Theatre Workshop in NY.  He is the recipient of the “Richard Rodgers” as well as the “Oscar Hammerstein” Awards. He is also a member of the Theater Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame.  His new musical, Minsky’s, premiered in January 2009 at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles.  His book, Put an a Happy Face: A Broadway Memoir was released in June 2008 and is available in bookstores.

 

ROBERT LONGBOTTOM (Director/Choreographer) made his Broadway debut as Director/Choreographer on the original musical Side Show, which earned four Tony Award nominations including one for Best Musical. Other Broadway credits include the Mark Taper Forum production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Flower Drum Song with a new book by playwright David Henry Hwang. This production earned Mr. Longbottom a Tony Award nomination for his Choreography as well as an Astaire, and Outer Critics Circle nominations. Other New York credits include the Broadway musical The Scarlet Pimpernel; The Off-Broadway hit Pageant that he conceived as well as directed and choreographed, the Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular and Anything Goes in Concert at Lincoln Center starring Patti Lupone. For Disney Theatrical he created the compilation musical On the Record. At the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C, he directed a new production of the wartime classic, Mister Roberts and most recently returned to direct and choreograph a critically acclaimed production of Carnival. He recently directed a staged reading of Stage Door for the Roundabout Theatre as well as a new musical Triangle at the Eugene O’Neil Center. Upcoming Broadway projects include a ‘new’ Irving Berlin musical with playwright Jeffrey Hatcher entitled Let Yourself Go and a new production of Dreamgirls for producer John Breglio.

 

ROUNDABOUT THEATRE COMPANY is one of the country’s leading not-for-profit theatres.  The company contributes invaluably to New York’s cultural life by staging the highest quality revivals of classic plays and musicals as well as new plays by established writers. Roundabout consistently partners great artists with great works to bring a fresh and exciting interpretation that makes each production relevant and important to today’s audiences.

 

Roundabout Theatre Company currently produces at three permanent homes each of which is designed specifically to enhance the needs of the Roundabout’s mission.  The off Broadway Theatre Center, Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre, which houses the Laura Pels Theatre and Black Box Theatre, with its simple sophisticated design is perfectly suited to showcasing new plays.  The grandeur of its Broadway home on 42nd Street, American Airlines Theatre, sets the ideal stage for the classics.  Roundabout’s Studio 54 provides an exciting and intimate Broadway venue for its musical and special event productions.  Together these three distinctive venues serve to enhance the work on each of its stages.

                                                      

Lead support provided by Roundabout’s Musical Theatre Production Fund partners:  Perry and Marty Granoff, The Kaplen Foundation, Peter and Leni May, John and Gilda McGarry, Tom and Diane Tuft. 

 

Roundabout Theatre Company productions are made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation; New York State Council on the Arts; National Endowment for the Arts; and New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. American Airlines is the official airline of Roundabout Theatre Company. 

 

Roundabout Theatre Company‘s 2008-2009 season includes Lisa Loomer’s Distracted featuring Cynthia Nixon, directed by Mark Brokaw; Christopher Hampton’s The Philanthropist, starring Matthew Broderick, directed by David Grindley; Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot, starring (in order of speaking) Nathan Lane, Bill Irwin, John Goodman, John Glover, directed by Anthony Page. Roundabout’s sold out production of The 39 Steps made its second Broadway transfer to the Helen Hayes Theatre on January 21, 2009.

 

Roundabout Theatre Company‘s 2009-2010 season includes Patrick Marber’s After Miss Julie, starring Sienna Miller, directed by Mark Brokaw; Michael Stewart, Lee Adams and Charles Strouse’s Bye Bye Birdie, directed and choreographed by Robert Longbottom; Noël Coward’s Present Laughter starring Victor Garber, directed by Nicholas Martin.

 

 

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