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Arts / Entertainment

Bye Bye Birdie - Concert version July 23

July 1, 2010

The School of the Arts' Masters of Music in Education in Conducting program will present a concert version of the Tony Award-winning music from the play, 'Bye Bye Birdie.' Singers from the Music Department and Opera Fort Collins will join in performing the entire score from the play, including memorable numbers like: 'How Lovely to be a Woman,' 'Put on a Happy Face,' and 'Spanish Rose.'

Elvis Presley's induction into the army was creative fodder for the Broadway hit, Bye Bye Birdie. Image by Fitch Hollister.

Friday, July 23
7:30 p.m.
Griffin Concert Hall
University Center for the Arts

Tony Award-winning music

The Colorado State Music Department and Opera Fort Collins will present a concert version of the musical, Bye Bye Birdie on Friday, July 23 at 7:30 p.m. in the Griffin Concert Hall, University Center for the Arts

Art imitates life

The Broadway hit play, Bye Bye Birdie, was inspired by the circumstances surrounding Elvis Presley's induction into the army in 1958. Fans sent tens of thousands of letters to the army asking for Presley to be spared.  His agent worked hard to keep Presley's music on the radio during his absence.

In Bye Bye Birdie, when rock star Conrad Birdie receives his draft notice, he travels to a small Ohio town to make his “farewell” television performance and kiss his biggest fan -- all part of a publicity stunt.

Tony Award-winning success

The original Broadway production was a Tony Award-winning success, and the play was also adapted into a popular 1963 film starring Janet Leigh, Dick Van Dyke, and Ann Margaret.

The play was based on a book by Michael Stewart (the lyrics were written by Lee Adams and music by Charles Strouse). Bye Bye Birdie is a satire on American society in 1958.

Masters students direct concert

The concert will be directed by students from the Summer Master of Music in Education in Conducting program. 

Tickets

Ticket price is $5 for general admission.  Purchase tickets online.

Note: The feature photo of screaming fans at an Elvis Presley concert that accompanies the intro to this story was taken by Robert W. Kelley for Life Magazine. Courtesy of The Florida Theater, Jacksonville, Florida.


Contact: Jennifer Clary
E-mail: Jennifer.clary@colostate.edu
Phone: (970) 491-3603