Richard Kind, Jennifer Laura Thompson & More Join Kennedy Center's BYE BYE BIRDIE

Bye Bye Birdie will run June 7–15, 2024 in the Eisenhower Theater.

By: Apr. 02, 2024
Richard Kind, Jennifer Laura Thompson & More Join Kennedy Center's BYE BYE BIRDIE
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The full cast has been announced for the Broadway Center Stage production of Bye Bye Birdie at the Kennedy Center. Joining the previously announced Christian Borle as Albert Peterson, Krysta Rodriguez as Rosie Alvarez, and Ephraim Sykes as Conrad Birdie, are SAG Award winner Caroline Aaron (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel) as Mae Peterson, Ashlyn Maddox (Parade) as Kim MacAfee, Tony Award® nominee Richard Kind (The Big Knife, The Producers) as Harry MacAfee, and Tony Award® nominee Jennifer Laura Thompson (Dear Evan Hansen, Nice Work If You Can Get It) as Doris MacAfee.

The cast will also include Allison BlackwellSarah ChiuDavid Aron DamaneJackera Davis as Ursula Merkle, Victor de Paula RochaMiguel Gil as Hugo Peabody, Jalen Michael JonesEvan KinnaneHenry Kirk as Randolph MacAfee, Kevin LigonKelly LomonteLuke Kolbe MannikusLinda MuglestonMegan Sikora as Gloria Rasputin, Maria Cristina Posada Slye, Renell Taylor, and Dori Waymer.

This new production, dedicated to the memory of original Bye Bye Birdie star and 2002 Kennedy Center Honoree Chita Rivera, will be directed by Marc Bruni(Beautiful; the Kennedy Center’s Guys and Dolls, The Music Man, and How to Succeed…), with choreography by Denis Jones (Tootsie, the Kennedy Center’s Guys and Dolls) and music direction by John Bell (Spamalot, Into the Woods).

About Bye Bye Birdie

In this ebullient winner of four Tony Awards®, teen idol Conrad Birdie is drafted into the Army, but before he leaves, he’ll perform a new song on The Ed Sullivan Showand give one last kiss to a lucky fan. Bye Bye Birdie features a hilarious script by Tony Award® winner Michael Stewart (Hello, Dolly!) and a score with more pop than a pack of bubble gum by Tony Award®–winning composer Charles Strouse(Annie) and Tony Award®–winning lyricist Lee Adams (Applause).

Bye Bye Birdie will have scenic design by Lee Savage, lighting design by Cory Pattak, costume design by Linda Cho, sound design by Haley Parcher, video and projection design by Nathan Scheuer, and wig design by Tom WatsonGeoff Josselson is the casting director. The production will also feature the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra.

The Broadway Center Stage series, led by Artistic Director and Kennedy Center Vice President and Executive Producer of Theater Jeffrey Finn, is now in its fifth season and has been acclaimed by the Washington Post as “a raging success at the Kennedy Center reflecting a Broadway sheen.” Its hit production of Monty Python’s SPAMALOT is currently playing on Broadway at The St. James Theater through April 7, and a National Tour will lanch in September 2025.