The Journey Of Bye Bye Birdie Tickets On Broadway

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Henry Miller Theater

124 West 43rd Street


October 15, 2009 (Limited run - January 10, 2009)

Broadway Musical

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Brief History...

The Broadway production of Bye Bye Birdie was first performed at the Martin Beck Theatre in 1960 but its producer Edward Padula took a few years to reach that stage. Initially, he thought of a musical ‘Let’s Go Steady’ which he described as “happy teenage musical with a difference”. He chose Gower Champion as director/choreographer and hired Charles Strouse and Lee Adams as writers. This combination did not work out and Champion chose Michael Stewart as the writer. Initially, he wrote ‘Love and Kisses’ but Champion was looking for something more and on September 22, 1958 when Elvis Presley, the King of Rock and Roll, sailed for Germany to be induced into the army, Adams and Stewart came up with the brilliant idea of Bye Bye Birdie. They focused their attention on the idea of a rock-and-roll singer joining the army with devastating effect on the teenagers of a small town. This paved the way for the production of a musical extravaganza and Bye Bye Birdie tickets began to sell..

The Broadway production ran for 607 performances at the Martin Beck Theatre, 54th Street Theatre and the Shubert Theatre. In 1961, it opened at West End at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London and ran for 208 performances. Since then, it has had numerous performances and has received tumultuous accolades wherever performed. It has toured various cities in the U.S. and Canada.

Film Adaptation

In 1963, Bye Bye Birdie was produced as a film for the first time. It ranked 38 on Entertainment Weekly’s list of the 50 best high school movies. However, the plot and character relationships were changed at several places. An additional character in the form of a suave English teacher is also introduced. This character is shown to be flirting with Rosie. Albert is shown as a talented research chemist and not as Birdie’s agent. Many songs were eliminated and the positions of some of them were changed. Unlike the stage musical, Bye Bye Birdie as a film concludes on a lighter and brighter mood. The general perception after seeing the film was summed up by Susan Watson as “Anyone who likes the film clearly didn’t see the show”.

TV-Movie Adaptation

In 1995, a TV-movie adaptation was produced with a different cast. It was more or less similar to the original musical plot but the dialogue was rewritten to some extent to synchronize with the rearrangement and addition of some songs. For example, the title song ‘Bye Bye Birdie’ was rearranged and rewritten as a quintet.


This show has been given many Tony awards that include awards for best choreography, best musical, best featured actor in a musical and best direction of a musical. It has also been nominated for other awards several times. It is no wonder why Bye Bye Birdie tickets have been selling so well at the box office.

Its songs have been parodied in television shows and some of them have been used in several television commercials besides being used in animated TV series as well.

Bye Bye Birdie Tickets Information

Getting Bye Bye Birdie tickets for the musical play or for the film has never been an easy task. However, even in an effort to grab a ticket by any means, one should be careful and not fall prey to dubious agents. It is recommended that one should always contact online ticket agents who are well established and have the required recommendations.

Bye Bye Birdie is indeed a blockbuster musical show that has enthralled the audiences since its very first performance.

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