Photo Coverage: 'BYE BYE BIRDIE' Celebrates at the New Henry Miller's Theatre Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

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After a 48 year absence, Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director) presents the first new Broadway production of Bye Bye Birdie as the inaugural production of the new Henry Miller's Theatre (124 West 43rd Street) beginning Thursday, September 10th, 2009 with an official opening on Thursday, October 15th, 2009. This will be a limited engagement through January 10th, 2010.

Bye Bye Birdie creators Charles Strouse and Lee Adams joined the stars and creative team on Tuesday, July 28th to cut the ribbon outside the new Henry Miller's Theatre. The group celebrated with a very special ceremony that inaugurated the new theatre on the 1st day of Bye Bye Birdie rehearsals. The green ribbon is symbolic of the fact that the theatre is Broadway's first 'GREEN' - fully sustainable - theatre.

BroadwayWorld.com's cameras were there for the festive and historic event!

Bye Bye Birdie will star John Stamos (Albert Peterson), Gina Gershon (Rose Alvarez) & Bill Irwin (Mr. Harry MacAfee) with Jayne Houdyshell (Mrs. Mae Peterson) & Dee Hoty (Mrs. MacAfee). The cast will also feature Matt Doyle (Hugo Peabody), Molly Ephraim (Ursula Merkle), Jake Evan Schwencke (Randolph MacAfee), Allie Trimm (Kim MacAfee) and Nolan Funk as "Conrad Birdie." Robert Longbottom will direct and choreograph Bye Bye Birdie with a book by Michael Stewart, music by Charles Strouse and lyrics by Lee Adams.

Additional cast members include Catherine Blades, Deanna Cipolla, Paula Leggett Chase, Riley Costello, John Treacy Egan, Colleen Fitzpatrick, Todd Gearhart, Patty Goble, Suzanne Grodner, Robert Hager, Nina Hennessey, Natalie Hill, Julia Knitel, Jess Le Protto, David McDonald, JC Montgomery, Jillian Mueller, Paul Pilcz, Daniel Quadrino, Emma Rowley, Tim Shew, Kevin Shotwell, Allison Strong, Jim Walton, Brynn Williams, Branch Woodman

Roundabout is proud to welcome back six artists who have previously worked at the theatrical institution: John Stamos, Gina Gershon, Bill Irwin, Paula Leggett Chase and Colleen Fitzpatrick.

Bye Bye Birdie's design team includes Andrew Jackness (Sets), Gregg Barnes (Costumes), Ken Billington (Lights), Acme Sound Partners (Sound), Howard Werner (Projections), David Holcenberg (Musical Director), Howard Joines (Musical Coordinator), David BrIan Brown (Hair & Wigs), Jonathan Tunick (Orchestrations) and David Chase (Music Supervisor).

In Bye Bye Birdie, the exuberant rock n' roll musical comedy, it's 1960 and hip-swingin' teen idol superstar Conrad Birdie (Funk) has been drafted into the army. Birdie's manager Albert (Stamos) and his secretary Rosie (Gershon) have cooked up a plan to send him off with a swell new song and one last kiss from a lucky teenage fan... on "The Ed Sullivan Show"! 

Bye Bye Birdie received the 1961 Tony Award® for Best Musical and features such beloved songs as "Put on A Happy Face," "Kids," "Spanish Rose," "The Telephone Hour" and "A Lot of Livin' To Do." 

Major support provided by Bank of America. Lead support provided by Roundabout's Musical Theatre Production Fund partners: Perry and Marty Granoff, The Kaplen Foundation, Peter and Leni May, John and Gilda McGarry, Tom and Diane Tuft. Generous support also provided by The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation.

Tickets are available online at www.byebyebirdieonbroadway.com or by phone at (212)239-6200. Ticket prices range from $86.50 - $136.50. To become a Roundabout subscriber visit www.roundabouttheatre.org or call Roundabout Ticket Services (212)719-1300.

All tickets for the first preview performance on September 10th will be $10, made possible through the generous support of Bank of America. These tickets will only be available for purchase at the Henry Miller's Theatre box office, beginning at 12pm on Monday, August 10. 

Bye Bye Birdie will play Tuesday through Saturday evening at 8:00PM with Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:00PM. 

Photos by Walter McBride/Retna Ltd.

Photo Coverage: 'BYE BYE BIRDIE' Celebrates at the New Henry Miller's Theatre Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
The Inaugural Roundabout Theatre production of BYE BYE BIRDIE

Photo Coverage: 'BYE BYE BIRDIE' Celebrates at the New Henry Miller's Theatre Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
The New Henry Miller's Theater

Photo Coverage: 'BYE BYE BIRDIE' Celebrates at the New Henry Miller's Theatre Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
The New Henry Miller's Theater

Photo Coverage: 'BYE BYE BIRDIE' Celebrates at the New Henry Miller's Theatre Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
The New Henry Miller's Theater

Photo Coverage: 'BYE BYE BIRDIE' Celebrates at the New Henry Miller's Theatre Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
The New Henry Miller's Theater

Photo Coverage: 'BYE BYE BIRDIE' Celebrates at the New Henry Miller's Theatre Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
The Inaugural Roundabout Theatre production of BYE BYE BIRDIE

Photo Coverage: 'BYE BYE BIRDIE' Celebrates at the New Henry Miller's Theatre Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Charles Strouse and Lee Adams

Photo Coverage: 'BYE BYE BIRDIE' Celebrates at the New Henry Miller's Theatre Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
BYE BYE BIRDIE

Photo Coverage: 'BYE BYE BIRDIE' Celebrates at the New Henry Miller's Theatre Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Charles Strouse and Lee Adams attend the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the New Henry Miller's Theatre

Photo Coverage: 'BYE BYE BIRDIE' Celebrates at the New Henry Miller's Theatre Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Charles Strouse and Lee Adams

Photo Coverage: 'BYE BYE BIRDIE' Celebrates at the New Henry Miller's Theatre Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Charles Strouse and Lee Adams

Photo Coverage: 'BYE BYE BIRDIE' Celebrates at the New Henry Miller's Theatre Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Charles Strouse

Photo Coverage: 'BYE BYE BIRDIE' Celebrates at the New Henry Miller's Theatre Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Robert Longbottom

Photo Coverage: 'BYE BYE BIRDIE' Celebrates at the New Henry Miller's Theatre Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Todd Haimes

Photo Coverage: 'BYE BYE BIRDIE' Celebrates at the New Henry Miller's Theatre Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
John Stamos

Photo Coverage: 'BYE BYE BIRDIE' Celebrates at the New Henry Miller's Theatre Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
John Stamos

Photo Coverage: 'BYE BYE BIRDIE' Celebrates at the New Henry Miller's Theatre Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Todd Haimes with fellow 'BIRDIE' producers

Photo Coverage: 'BYE BYE BIRDIE' Celebrates at the New Henry Miller's Theatre Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Gina Gershon and Robert Longbottom

Photo Coverage: 'BYE BYE BIRDIE' Celebrates at the New Henry Miller's Theatre Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Gina Gershon

Photo Coverage: 'BYE BYE BIRDIE' Celebrates at the New Henry Miller's Theatre Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
John Stamos

Photo Coverage: 'BYE BYE BIRDIE' Celebrates at the New Henry Miller's Theatre Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Gina Gershon

Photo Coverage: 'BYE BYE BIRDIE' Celebrates at the New Henry Miller's Theatre Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Gina Gershon and Robert Longbottom

Photo Coverage: 'BYE BYE BIRDIE' Celebrates at the New Henry Miller's Theatre Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
John Stamos

Photo Coverage: 'BYE BYE BIRDIE' Celebrates at the New Henry Miller's Theatre Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
John Stamos

Photo Coverage: 'BYE BYE BIRDIE' Celebrates at the New Henry Miller's Theatre Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
John Stamos

Photo Coverage: 'BYE BYE BIRDIE' Celebrates at the New Henry Miller's Theatre Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
John Stamos

Photo Coverage: 'BYE BYE BIRDIE' Celebrates at the New Henry Miller's Theatre Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Robert Longbottom and John Stamos

Photo Coverage: 'BYE BYE BIRDIE' Celebrates at the New Henry Miller's Theatre Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Robert Longbottom and John Stamos

Photo Coverage: 'BYE BYE BIRDIE' Celebrates at the New Henry Miller's Theatre Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Gina Gershon and John Stamos

Photo Coverage: 'BYE BYE BIRDIE' Celebrates at the New Henry Miller's Theatre Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Gina Gershon and John Stamos

Photo Coverage: 'BYE BYE BIRDIE' Celebrates at the New Henry Miller's Theatre Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Gina Gershon and John Stamos

Photo Coverage: 'BYE BYE BIRDIE' Celebrates at the New Henry Miller's Theatre Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Gina Gershon and John Stamos

Photo Coverage: 'BYE BYE BIRDIE' Celebrates at the New Henry Miller's Theatre Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Gina Gershon, Robert Longbottom and John Stamos

Photo Coverage: 'BYE BYE BIRDIE' Celebrates at the New Henry Miller's Theatre Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Gina Gershon, Robert Longbottom and John Stamos

Photo Coverage: 'BYE BYE BIRDIE' Celebrates at the New Henry Miller's Theatre Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Lee Adams, Gina Gershon, Robert Longbottom, Charles Strouse and John Stamos

Photo Coverage: 'BYE BYE BIRDIE' Celebrates at the New Henry Miller's Theatre Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Lee Adams, Gina Gershon, Robert Longbottom, Charles Strouse and John Stamos

Photo Coverage: 'BYE BYE BIRDIE' Celebrates at the New Henry Miller's Theatre Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Lee Adams, Gina Gershon, Robert Longbottom, Charles Strouse and John Stamos

Photo Coverage: 'BYE BYE BIRDIE' Celebrates at the New Henry Miller's Theatre Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Lee Adams, Gina Gershon, Robert Longbottom, Charles Strouse and John Stamos

Photo Coverage: 'BYE BYE BIRDIE' Celebrates at the New Henry Miller's Theatre Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Gina Gershon and John Stamos

Photo Coverage: 'BYE BYE BIRDIE' Celebrates at the New Henry Miller's Theatre Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Gina Gershon and John Stamos

Photo Coverage: 'BYE BYE BIRDIE' Celebrates at the New Henry Miller's Theatre Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Gina Gershon and John Stamos

Photo Coverage: 'BYE BYE BIRDIE' Celebrates at the New Henry Miller's Theatre Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Gina Gershon and John Stamos

Photo Coverage: 'BYE BYE BIRDIE' Celebrates at the New Henry Miller's Theatre Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Gina Gershon and John Stamos

Photo Coverage: 'BYE BYE BIRDIE' Celebrates at the New Henry Miller's Theatre Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
BYE BYE BIRDIE on Broadway!

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Walter McBride As a 14 year old youth, Walter was transfixed by his first Broadway Show, the original production of 'GREASE'. His Journey to celebrity photojournalism began that fateful night. Meeting, photographing and getting to know the cast inspired him to spend his professional life doing what he loved. Walter moved to Manhattan and for a leading role as a Photographer & Photo Researcher. Currently headlining in New Jersey with his partner Richard and family members Dali (Jack Russell) & Gala (Schnoodle). Recently he made his Broadway debut sharing the stage with Hugh Jackman in 'Hugh Jackman on Broadway' as well as receiving the Actors' Equity Association Gypsy Spirit Award. Walter McBride Photography is syndicated worldwide by Corbis/AP.


 
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