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'Bye Bye Birdie' finds Broadway nest

May 4, 2009 at 1:24 PM   |   Comments

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NEW YORK, May 4 (UPI) -- "Bye Bye Birdie" will be the inaugural production of the new Henry Miller's Theatre on Broadway, the Roundabout Theatre Company announced Monday.

Preview performances are to begin Sept. 10, 2009, with an opening night planned for Oct. 15, 2009. The limited engagement is set to play through Jan. 10, 2010.

This will mark the first time a new production of the musical will be performed on Broadway in 48 years.

The revival of "Bye Bye Birdie" will star John Stamos as Albert Peterson, Gina Gershon as Rose Alvarez, Bill Irwin as Mr. Harry MacAfee and Jayne Houdyshell as Mrs. Mae Peterson. Robert Longbottom will direct and choreograph "Bye Bye Birdie" with a book by Michael Stewart, lyrics by Lee Adams and music by Charles Strouse.

"Roundabout is proud to welcome back three artists who have previously worked at the theatrical institution: John Stamos, Gina Gershon and Bill Irwin," the company said in a news release. "Additional company members and citizens of Sweet Apple, Ohio, will be announced shortly."

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