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Bye Bye Birdie

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Overview

Seinfeld's Jason Alexander stars in this made-for-television remake of the 1963 classic musical. Alexander stars as Albert J. Peterson, a man hoping to make his fortune and get the girl by promoting the big send-off for a newly drafted pop star named Conrad Birdie Marc Kudish. A song-and-dance movie, actress-dancer Ann Reinking served as choreographer of this film.
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Overview

Seinfeld's Jason Alexander stars in this made-for-television remake of the 1963 classic musical. Alexander stars as Albert J. Peterson, a man hoping to make his fortune and get the girl by promoting the big send-off for a newly drafted pop star named Conrad Birdie Marc Kudish. A song-and-dance movie, actress-dancer Ann Reinking served as choreographer of this film.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Television adaptations of Broadway musicals received a brief revival of sorts in the 1990s, led by the Bette Midler version of Gypsy. Although their quality varied, most were notable for being very faithful adaptations. The 1995 Bye Bye Birdie is no exception. Three new (and not very good) songs were added, and a few lyrics were changed here and there, but for the most part this version preserves the stage script and score intact. And that's one of the problems. On-stage, the musical zooms by; onscreen, it's less consistently zippy, perking up every so often (especially when Vanessa L. Williams is singing or dancing) and then trudging along for a while (often during production numbers that go on too long). Another problem is that director Gene Saks often uses the material to comment upon the 1950s or 1960s in general rather than on the specific subjects being satirized -- a perspective that robs the material of much of its heart. That said, the production does benefit from a generally strong cast. Williams is an absolute knockout, whirling through a shriner's ballet and spitting out "What Did I Ever See in Him" with delectable gusto. Jason Alexander is not a perfect Albert -- his charm and sincerity are forced rather than natural -- but he sounds good and is well paired with Williams. Chynna Phillips is a disappointing Kim, but the rest of the supporting cast is solid. Overlong and occasionally pokey, this Bye Bye Birdie still entertains.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/26/1999
  • UPC: 707729105237
  • Original Release: 1995
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  • Source: HALLMARK
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jason Alexander Albert J. Peterson
Karen Austin Parent #1
Jay Brazeau Mayor
Gary Chalk Maude
Jackson Cole Bowling Boy #3
Tyne Daly Mae Peterson
Rochelle Greenwood Train Girl #4
Bruce Harwood Reporter #1
Andrew Johnson Policeman
Gary Jones Reporter #3
Sheelah Megill Mrs. Merkle
John Payne Shriner #1
Chynna Phillips Kim MacAfee
Suzanne Ristic Mary
Nicole Robert Mayor's Wife
Robert Rozen Shriner #3
Gerard Theoret Shriner #6
George Wendt Harry MacAfee
Vanessa L. Williams Rose Alvarez
Alec Willows Shriner #2
Frank Cassini Reporter #2
Andrew Wheeler Shriner #5
Technical Credits
Gene Saks Director
Lynne Carrow Casting
Robert Halmi Sr. Producer
J. Boyce Harman Jr. Producer
Glen MacPherson Cinematographer
Mary E. McLeod Costumes/Costume Designer
Charles Strouse Score Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    So-So Production

    This version of the Broadway hit, follows the script and songs from the stage version in a much more faithful way than the original movie. Interestingly, the result is on the boring side. The supporting cast is fantastic, especially Tyne Daly as an old battleax and Marc Kudisch as the title character. But the rest of the leads are very generic and bland. Ann Reinking has supplied the dances which do not come off as very spectacular, due to some very blah and static camerawork. This Birdie has some fun moments but probably won't last through the ages.

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