Notes and Editorial Reviews
1. Bye, Bye Birdie: Overture
2. Bye, Bye Birdie: An English Teacher
3. Bye, Bye Birdie: The Telephone
Hour 4. Bye, Bye Birdie: How Lovely To Be A Woman
5. Bye, Bye Birdie: Put On A Happy Face
6. Bye, Bye Birdie: Normal American Boy
7. Bye, Bye Birdie: One Boy
8. Bye, Bye Birdie: Honestly Sincere
9. Bye, Bye Birdie: Hymn For A Sunday Evening
10. Bye, Bye Birdie: One Last Kiss
11. Bye, Bye Birdie: What Did I Ever See In Him?
12. Bye, Bye Birdie: A Lot Of Livin' To Do
13. Bye, Bye Birdie: Kids
14. Bye, Bye Birdie, musical: Baby, Talk To Me
15. Bye, Bye Birdie: Kids (Reprise)
16. Bye, Bye Birdie: Spanish Rose
17. Bye, Bye Birdie: Rosie
Music composed by Charles Strouse. Lyrics written by Lee Adams.
Principal cast includes: Chita Rivera (Rose Grant); Peter Marshall (Albert Peterson); Angela Baddeley (Mae Peterson); Marty Wilde (Conrad Birdie); Sylvia Tysick (Kim MacAfee); Robert Nichols (Mr. MacAfee); Mary Laura Wood (Mrs. MacAfee); Clive Endersby (Hugo Peabody); Kenneth Nash (Randolph MacAfee).
Recorded on June 18, 1961. Originally released on Mercury (17000).
Personnel: Chita Rivera, Robert Nichol, Clive Endersby, Mary Laura Wood, Angela Baddeley, Sylvia Tysick, Kenneth Nash , Marty Wilde, Peter Marshall (vocals).
Director: Gower Champion.
Exceeding expectations, Bye Bye Birdie, the first hit for the team of Lee Adams and Charles Strouse, ran for 607 performances on Broadway. Opening on April 14, 1960, the show tells the story of a scheme by the agent of a rock singer to recoup some of the money he spent promoting this Elvis Presley-type singer before he has to leave to meet his military commitment. The scheme involves a contest where the teenage girl winner was to kiss the star, Conrad Birdie, played by Marty Wilde, on the Ed Sullivan Show. The scheme gets sidetracked by Birdie's interfering mother, the contest winner's steady, and the long-suffering agent's girlfriend. The London version opened in 1961, as the irrepressible Chita Rivera repeated as the pining girlfriend, Rose Grant. Peter Marshall got the agent's role, originated by Dick Van Dyke, and a legitimate rock star, Marty Wilde, played Conrad Birdie. Because of its uniquely American character, the show was not nearly as successful on London's West End as on Broadway, closing after only 268 performances. Even though the show was made into a movie and TV special, it didn't produce any songs that were to become entries in the Great American Popular Songbook. "Put on a Happy Face," "A Lot of Livin' to Do," and "Kids" made it to the front door, but never quite got in. Even though the show was not that well received, the London cast album is quite good. Perhaps Marshall did not quite define the role of Albert Peterson as did Van Dyke. But then Van Dyke was someone special. This release is one of a series of reissues by Decca of original cast musical recordings using 24 bit digital technology to get a bright clear sound. ~ Dave Nathan
Works on This Recording
Bye Bye Birdie by Charles Strouse
Robert Nichols (Voice),
Chita Rivera (Soprano),
Peter Marshall (Voice)
Date of Recording: 6/18/1961
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