Bye Bye Birdie [A Decca Broadway Original Cast Album]

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All Music Guide - Dave Nathan
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Dave Nathan
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/25/2001
  • Label: Decca Bdwy Mod Afw
  • UPC: 731458643227
  • Catalog Number: 586432
  • Sales rank: 278,693

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Overture (2:42)
  2. 2 An English Teacher - Chita Rivera (3:22)
  3. 3 The Telephone Hour (3:02)
  4. 4 How Lovely To Be A Woman (2:43)
  5. 5 Put On A Happy Face - Peter Marshall (3:50)
  6. 6 Normal American Boy - Chita Rivera (4:07)
  7. 7 One Boy - Paula Hendrix (3:11)
  8. 8 Honestly Sincere - Marty Wilde (3:18)
  9. 9 Hymn For A Sunday Evening - Mary Laura Wood (2:08)
  10. 10 One Last Kiss - Marty Wilde (1:35)
  11. 11 What Did I Ever See In Him? (2:03)
  12. 12 A Lot Of Livin' To Do - Sylvia Tysick (2:48)
  13. 13 Kids - Mary Laura Wood (1:32)
  14. 14 Baby, Talk To Me - Peter Marshall (3:04)
  15. 15 Kids (Reprise) - Mary Laura Wood (1:08)
  16. 16 Spanish Rose (3:20)
  17. 17 Rosie - Chita Rivera (4:00)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Marty Wilde Vocals, cast
Kenneth Nash Vocals, cast
The Teenagers Track Performer
Peter Marshall Vocals
Ed Bishop cast
Judy Brown cast
Tony Crane cast
Alyn Ainsworth Conductor, Musical Direction
Chita Rivera Vocals
Neighbors Track Performer
Alexandria Jelec cast
Brian Tucker cast
Vernon Morris cast
Robert Nichols Vocals, cast
Tony Mordente Staging
Sylvia Tysick Vocals, cast
Robert Nichol Vocals
Mary Laura Wood Vocals, cast
Angela Baddeley Vocals, cast
Clive Endersby Vocals, cast
Paula Hendrix Vocals
Mary Willis cast
Michael Barker cast
The Orchestra Track Performer
Marjorie Smith cast
Peter Marshall Vocals
Ann Chapman cast
Technical Credits
Peter Wolf Composer
Lee Adams Lyricist
Seth Justman Composer
Cole Porter Composer
Michael Stewart Book
Gower Champion Director, Choreographer
Suha Gur Mastering
Robert Ginzler Orchestration
Penny Bennett Art Direction
Ken Mandelbaum Liner Notes
Miles White Costume Design
Tony Mordente Choreographer
Brian Drutman Reissue Producer
Robert Randolph Scenery
Chris Roberts Executive Producer
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