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Bye Bye Birdie (1995)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Musical | TV Movie 3 December 1995
Rock-and-roll icon Conrad Birdie is about to go into the Army, and plans are being made to arrange his final going-away concert.

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Gene Saks

Writer:

Michael Stewart (play)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Alexander ... Albert J. Peterson
Vanessa Williams ... Rose Alvarez
Chynna Phillips ... Kim MacAfee
Tyne Daly ... Mae Peterson
Marc Kudisch ... Conrad Birdie
George Wendt ... Harry MacAfee
Sally Mayes Sally Mayes ... Doris MacAfee
Jason Gaffney ... Hugo F. Peabody
Blair Slater ... Randolph MacAfee
Vicki Lewis ... Gloria Rasputin
Brigitta Dau ... Ursula Merkle
Angela Brydon Angela Brydon ... Sad Face Girl
Shelley S. Hunt Shelley S. Hunt ... Alice
Marlowe Gardiner-Heslin Marlowe Gardiner-Heslin ... Suzie (as Marlowe Windsor-Menard)
Brenna Quan Brenna Quan ... Penelope-Ann
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Rock-and-roll icon Conrad Birdie is about to go into the Army, and plans are being made to arrange his final going-away concert.

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The all-star comedy event of the year! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Musical

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 December 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bye Bye Birdie See more »

Filming Locations:

British Columbia, Canada See more »

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Production Co:

RHI Entertainment See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The original Broadway production of "Bye Bye Birdie" opened at the Martin Beck Theater on April 14, 1960, ran for 607 performances and won the 1961 Tony Award for the Best Musical. Dick Van Dyke recreated his 1961 Tony Award winning performance for Best Featured Actor in a Musical playing Albert Peterson who was played by Jason Alexander in this television production. See more »

Goofs

Albert, Rose and Conrad are shown departing from New York's Pennsylvania Station, in the film a terminal with "head-end" outdoor platforms at the same level as the station lobby. In reality, trains ran through Penn Station with platforms on the lower level. See more »

Connections

Version of Bye Bye Birdie (1963) See more »

Soundtracks

A Healthy, Normal American Boy
Music by Charles Strouse
Lyrics by Lee Adams
Sung by Jason Alexander, Vanessa Williams, and Chorus
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George Costanza and Miss America?
22 November 2011 | by Rick NYC-2See all my reviews

It's not a minor problem that ten minutes into the opening, I had trouble buying the premise, that Vanessa Williams had waited eight years for Jason Alexander to become an English professor and marry her. In the original, Dick Van Dyke and Chita seemed like a match made in heaven, so I was on board from the word go. Otherwise, I thought the casting was great, although Chinna Phyllips didn't have the voice of either Susan Watson (stage) or Ann Margrett (screen), and she couldn't do her songs justice. I thought Reinking's choreography was a bit claustrophobic, although the kids were energetic and adorable and really evoked a sixties innocence. Strouse was about 30 when he wrote the music, which I think epitomizes the melodiousness of the best of Broadway musicals. Every number is catchy and so many remain in the canon of unforgettable theater hits. As for the book, the farcical treatment of small town America is hilarious, but I think you need to have been alive in the early sixties to appreciate it fully. Finally, if you need the best excuse to check out this version, it's Tyne Daley as Alexander's bullying mother. Having played in Birdie and Gypsy (as Mama Rose), she has established herself as the comic mother from hell, her franchise for all time. It's like she's possessed, and her performance is mesmerizing.


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