Bye Bye Birdie [Original Soundtrack] [Bonus Tracks]

Bye Bye Birdie [Original Soundtrack] [Bonus Tracks]

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Like all Broadway musicals, Bye Bye Birdie underwent some changes on its way to the big screen. In the case of this show, a parody of the 1950s rock & roll fervor that took off from Elvis Presley's departure for the army, the main alteration had to do with the balance of emphasis among the characters. Although it was an ensemble

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Like all Broadway musicals, Bye Bye Birdie underwent some changes on its way to the big screen. In the case of this show, a parody of the 1950s rock & roll fervor that took off from Elvis Presley's departure for the army, the main alteration had to do with the balance of emphasis among the characters. Although it was an ensemble piece, on-stage the starring role was that of Albert Peterson, manager and songwriter for teen heartthrob Conrad Birdie, who conceives a promotional stunt in which Birdie will kiss an ordinary teenager on The Ed Sullivan Show just before beginning his military service. Dick Van Dyke became a star playing Peterson and had gone on to his own TV series, The Dick Van Dyke Show, and since he was repeating his performance, one might have expected him to dominate the film. Instead, his role was reduced (of the five songs cut from the show for the movie, three were his), while the minor role of Kim McAfee, the teenager, was expanded, the better to employ the talents of 21-year-old Ann-Margret. Her significance was unmistakable; the film opened and closed with her onscreen alone, singing a newly written title song. Also reduced was the role of Peterson's fiancée, who had been played on-stage by Chita Rivera. In the film, Janet Leigh handled it, and she had much less to do. Paul Lynde repeated his performance as Mr. McAfee, singing "Kids," and Jesse Pearson replaced Dick Gautier as an adequate Birdie. Teen star Bobby Rydell was underutilized as Kim's unhappy boyfriend, Hugo Peabody. The beefed-up arrangements gave the score a Hollywood sheen and de-emphasized the attack on rock & roll. (Songwriters Lee Adams and Charles Strouse had written some deliberately bad songs for Birdie to sing, which didn't bother a Broadway audience in 1960, but by 1963 rock was better accepted, and the filmmakers didn't want to offend the broader film audience.) Ann-Margret was a big addition, but the original Broadway cast recording was still the one to own. The 2003 reissue added three minor tracks, the most notable of which was the exotic instrumental "The Sultans' Ballet," even if it sounded out of place.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/09/2003
Label:
Rca
UPC:
0828765421720
catalogNumber:
54217
Rank:
988

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Paul Horn   Woodwind
Caiola   Guitar
Justin Gordon   Woodwind
Bobby Rydell   Vocals,cast
Maureen Stapleton   Vocals,cast
McKibbon   Bass
Ann-Margret   cast
Frank Beach   Trumpet
James A. Decker   Horn
Johnny Green   Conductor
Jules Jacob   Woodwind
Harry Klee   Woodwind
Eddie Kusby   Trombone
Janet Leigh   Vocals,cast
Hank Levine   Conductor
Earl Palmer   Drums
Bill Pitman   Guitar
Ray Sherman   Piano
Kenny Shroyer   Trombone
Tommy Tedesco   Guitar
Dick Van Dyke   Vocals,cast
William Kraft   Drums
Stanley Chaloupka   Harp
Emanuel Klein   Trumpet
Rubin Zarchy   Trumpet
Ed Sullivan   cast
Charles Butler   Woodwind
Paul Lynde   Vocals,cast
Jesse Pearson   Vocals,cast
Bryan Russell   Vocals,cast
Mary La Roche   Vocals,cast
Morris Crawford   Woodwind
Ann-Margret Pettersson   Vocals
Columbia Pictures Studio Orchestra   Performing Ensemble

Technical Credits

Peter Wolf   Composer
Lee Adams   Lyricist
Didier C. Deutsch   Liner Notes,Reissue Producer,Reissue Coordinator
Seth Justman   Composer
Hank Levine   Arranger
Neely Plumb   Producer
John Snyder   Producer
Charles Strouse   Composer
John Norman   Engineer
Joe Lopes   Engineer
Darcy Proper   Reissue Coordinator
Pete Ciccone   Art Direction
Jen Wyler   Remixing
Lee Adams   Composer
Darcy M. Proper   Reissue Producer
Jennifer Wyler   Remixing

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