1989 - 1990
Bye Bye Birdie
Conrad Birdie, a young Elvis Presley type rock and roll singer, is about to be inducted into the army. His agent, Albert Peterson, faces bankruptcy without his star - not to mention only - client. The fun starts when Rosie Alvarez, Albert's faithful secretary/fiancée, concocts the idea of a national publicity stunt before Birdie leaves for boot camp: He will bid a typical American teenage girl goodbye with the song "One Last Kiss", leaving Almaelou Music Company with a hit song to tide them over while Conrad serves his country.
Kim MacAfee of Sweet Apple, Ohio, wins the honour. The telephones in town are buzzing because Kim has just been "pinned" to Hugo, a local boy. Needless to say, the arrival of Conrad Birdie causes a much larger buzz - as well as spontaneous swooning - with young and old alike. Kim's household is completely upset by the visiting celebrity. To add to the commotion, it is decided that Birdie will give away his "One Last Kiss" on the Ed Sullivan Show. Kim's father, who has been lamenting the whole situation, changes his tune when he learns that he is to be included on the television broadcast. The big night finally arrives... only to turn into a fiasco when Birdie is knocked out by Kim's jealous boyfriend on national television!
Back at the MacAfee home, Conrad, fed up with the trappings of celebrity, sprints out on the town with the teenagers. The parents of Sweet Apple commiserate as they reflect on the younger generation. Meanwhile, Rosie, still waiting for a band of gold from Albert after eight years, decides to have some fun as the Latin spitfire she is painted as by Albert's catastrophe-ridden mother. She crashes a Shriners' meeting and disrupts it completely as "Spanish Rose".
Don't worry. In the time-honoured musical tradition everything is eventually sorted out and everybody ends with the partners they deserve.
Director: Barry Bielby
Musical Director: Neil Bateman
Choreographer: Chris Amott