Bye Bye Birdie

Musical - Original

Martin Beck Theatre (April 14, 1960 - October 22, 1960)
54th Street Theatre (October 24, 1960 - January 14, 1961)
Shubert Theatre (January 16, 1961 - October 07, 1961)
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  • Opening Date: April 14, 1960
  • Closing Date: October 7, 1961
  • Previews: 0
  • Performances: 607

Music: Charles Strouse

Lyrics: Lee Adams

Book: Michael Stewart


The MacAfee family and the residents of Sweet Apple, Ohio, go topsy-turvy when teen idol Conrad Birdie comes to town to serenade one lucky fan before he enters the Army.


Opening Night Cast

Chita Rivera in Bye Bye Birdie Chita Rivera Rose Grant
Dick Van Dyke in Bye Bye Birdie Dick Van Dyke Albert Peterson
Dick Gautier Conrad Birdie
Paul Lynde Mr. MacAfee
Kay Medford Mae Peterson
Michael J. Pollard Hugo Peabody
Susan Watson in Bye Bye Birdie Susan Watson Kim MacAfee
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Opening Night Production Credits

Michael Stewart Michael Stewart Book
Charles Strouse Charles Strouse Music
Lee Adams Lee Adams Lyrics
Gower Champion Gower Champion Director
Gower Champion Gower Champion Choreographer
  Robert Randolph Scenic Design
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Outer Critics Circle

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1960 Outstanding Musical   Winner

Tony Award

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1961 Choreography Gower Champion Winner
1961 Conductor and Musical Director Elliot Lawrence Nominee
1961 Direction of a Musical Gower Champion Winner
1961 Featured Actor in a Musical Dick Gautier Nominee
1961 Featured Actor in a Musical Dick Van Dyke Winner
1961 Featured Actress in a Musical Chita Rivera Nominee
1961 Musical Charles Strouse
Michael Stewart
Lee Adams
1961 Scenic Design of a Musical Robert Randolph Nominee
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