Press Release: Bye Bye Birdie

Standing Room Only Theatre Company Presents Bye Bye Birdie!

Photo credit via srotheatre.org

Photo credit via srotheatre.org

Standing Room Only Theatre Company in association with Music Legends Live presents Bye Bye Birdie. This musical production will be staged October 24 – November 2, 2014 at the Shedd Theatre, Columbus Performing Arts Center, 549 Franklin Avenue, Columbus, OH 43215.

Bye Bye Birdie show times and dates are 8:00 p.m. on Friday, October 24; 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 25; 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 26; 10:30 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. on Friday, October 31; 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 1; 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 2. This production will feature a special “Elvis” impersonator from Music Legends Live, featuring Jay Freeman or Kavan, performing a half hour before curtain at both of the Saturday and Sunday shows and at the Friday eve performance, October 31! Plan to arrive 40 -50 minutes before curtain if attending one of the special pre-show performance dates.

Bye Bye Birdie tells the story of Rock ‘n Roll legend, Conrad Birdie (loosely based on Elvis Presley), who receives a draft notice to serve in the army. As part of a publicity stunt, he travels to the small town of Sweet Apple, Ohio to sing one last song and plant one last kiss on a lucky member of his fan club. This musical with book by Michael Stewart, music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Lee Adams, It has been adapted into a 1963 film, a 1995 TV-movie, and a recent 2009 Broadway revival.

Bye Bye Birdie is directed by David Bahgat with musical direction by Jeff Hamm, and choreography by Zoe Lathan. Principal actors are Nicolette Montana AEA (Rose Alvarez), Justin Labelle (Albert Peterson), Ricky Locci (Conrad Birdie), Kelly Hogan (Kim MacAfee), Scott Willis (Mr. MacAfee), Karla M. Kruse (Mrs. MacAfee), Kathy Taylor (Mrs. Mae Peterson), Ryan J. Kopycinski (Hugo), Cherish Myers (Ursula Merkle), and Cam Holland (Randolph MacAfee).

Other cast members include Drew Washburn (Mayor), Scott Green (Charles F Maude), Katey Munger (Mrs. Merkle), Kasey Wolfgang (Gloria Rasputin), Michelle Weiser (Mayor’s Wife), Patrick Foley (Harvey Johnson), Joe Bolzenius (Mr. Johnson), Maddie Bolzenius (Alice), Cara Corrigan (Deborah Sue) and Quartet (Andy Simmons).

Tickets for all shows are $20 for adults, $17 for seniors (55+), $15 for SRO members, $10 for students, and $15 for adults and seniors for the 10:30 a.m. Friday, performances. Tickets can be purchased by going to the website at www.srotheatre.org. Discounted group tickets (10+ people) are available. For group sales, or further information, leave message at 614-258-9495.

SRO’s mission is to produce invigorating theater that breaks generational boundaries.

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