BYE BYE BIRDIE Reviews

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re: BYE BYE BIRDIE Reviews#101
Posted: 10/16/09 at 9:59am
and good singing voices except for the girl who plays kim.And it has the original orchestrations for Put On A Happy Face. It's a great recording, but still the best is the obc
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re: BYE BYE BIRDIE Reviews#102
Posted: 10/16/09 at 10:12am
How can some of you look at Funk's reviews as remotely "good?"

Brantley damned him with faint praise by saying:

"Closer to a Back Street Boys alumnus than Elvis, he’s not really right for the part. But he sings on key and appears to be enjoying himself. It’s nice to think that somebody is."

Talk about seriously lowering the curve here.

That's like saying "he showed up and remembered his lines." YAY! A RAVE! Mixed to positively goodly positive!

He was called a "missing Jonas Brother" in two reviews.

So, yeah, I can see just how good his notices are.
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re: BYE BYE BIRDIE Reviews#103
Posted: 10/16/09 at 10:31am
"How can some of you look at Funk's reviews as remotely "good?"

Brantley damned him with faint praise by saying:

"Closer to a Back Street Boys alumnus than Elvis, he’s not really right for the part. But he sings on key and appears to be enjoying himself. It’s nice to think that somebody is."

Talk about seriously lowering the curve here."

I'm amazed as well. Firstly, he was DREADFUL. I'm flummoxed that a rational critic would view that non-hip-swiveling, horribly sang performance as something positive. (Which, as you pointed out, Brantley didn't, but other critics did.)

But every critic looks for a positive, and in this horrible mess, he was the "best of show," apparently.



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re: BYE BYE BIRDIE Reviews#104
Posted: 10/16/09 at 10:56am
In other words, D+ is the high score for this show.
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re: BYE BYE BIRDIE Reviews#105
Posted: 10/16/09 at 11:13am
Vincentelli's reviews are really starting to annoy me. She always seems pissed off when she writes a negative review. I mean did she really call the show "boneheaded"...?
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re: BYE BYE BIRDIE Reviews#106
Posted: 10/16/09 at 11:56am
In other words, D+ is the high score for this show.

Does that mean they get to enter their initials on the screen?
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re: BYE BYE BIRDIE Reviews#107
Posted: 10/16/09 at 1:05pm
Rockland Journal News(LoHud):
A bumbling ‘Bye Bye Birdie' doesn't fly on B'way
http://www.lohud.com/article/20091016/ENTERTAINMENT/910160315/1186/Entertainment0801/A-bumbling-‘Bye-Bye-Birdie--doesn-t-fly-on-B-way

Where is NY1 Review?.
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re: BYE BYE BIRDIE Reviews#108
Posted: 10/16/09 at 1:24pm
In hindsight, casting a real 14-year-old as Kim McAfee is tantamount to child abuse.
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re: BYE BYE BIRDIE Reviews#109
Posted: 10/16/09 at 2:58pm
"So, I guess a cast recording is out of the question? Sucks. I was looking forward to one with better sound quality."


I was just listening to the OBC and marveling at how great it sounds. Very modern and clean with great presence.
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re: BYE BYE BIRDIE Reviews#111
Posted: 10/16/09 at 3:43pm
I have to say I think the original cast album is one of the best produced of all time. It sounds quite extraordinary, and is a better way to spend your time than going to the Henry Miller.
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re: BYE BYE BIRDIE Reviews#112
Posted: 10/16/09 at 3:49pm
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re: BYE BYE BIRDIE Reviews#113
Posted: 10/16/09 at 4:02pm
Not for shows that use black and white ones.
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re: BYE BYE BIRDIE Reviews#114
Posted: 10/16/09 at 5:14pm
"I have to say I think the original cast album is one of the best produced of all time. It sounds quite extraordinary, and is a better way to spend your time than going to the Henry Miller."

Agreed. That OBC is terrific. I hope to heck that Kurt Deutsch isn't gonna preserve this one. I'd rather hear Ann Reinking and Tommy Tune.

Back to topic, even Roma apparently liked Funk. She hated the show, but enjoyed him.

Go figure.
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re: BYE BYE BIRDIE Reviews#115
Posted: 10/16/09 at 5:20pm
I liked Funk. But am trying to decide if I liked him just compared to everyone else, or if I liked him period.

The show is horrid.
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re: BYE BYE BIRDIE Reviews#116
Posted: 10/16/09 at 5:30pm
At least he has his looks.
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re: BYE BYE BIRDIE Reviews#117
Posted: 10/16/09 at 5:37pm
While the reviews provided me many giggles last evening into this morning, I'm truly depressed that this was Broadway's first revival of one of the greatest scores/books of the Golden Age. It's a charming gem of a show when done right. It was the show that hooked me on Musical Theatre and I still play the Broadway and London (Rivera was sick during the recording of the OBCR) fairly often.

I have to wonder if we would've gotten a commercial production (with more competent casting) if Jerry Zaks' Encores! concert hadn't been so disappointing.
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re: BYE BYE BIRDIE Reviews#118
Posted: 10/16/09 at 5:40pm
I just saw a commercial on t.v.; I love how it had NO pull quotes.
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re: BYE BYE BIRDIE Reviews#119
Posted: 10/16/09 at 5:47pm
The reviews came out like less than 24 hours ago...can they even put pull-quotes into a commercial and air it that quickly?
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re: BYE BYE BIRDIE Reviews#120
Posted: 10/16/09 at 5:59pm
Releasing a new block of tickets until 4/2010?

Maybe they know something I don't or have high hopes or are delusional. With the reviews they got, they will be lucky to make it until January.

This is the musical equivalent of the recent American Buffalo. How long before it starts showing up on TDF?
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re: BYE BYE BIRDIE Reviews#121
Posted: 10/16/09 at 6:02pm
Can they? I hadn't seen one previously, so I assumed they had waited until after it opened to air the commercials, and that they easily could have had it mostly put together and ready to go. But I could be wrong.

I honestly think this is a show that much of the potential audience pool won't even read or care about the reviews for. It's a classic and a crowd-pleaser; people will probably come anyway.
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re: BYE BYE BIRDIE Reviews#122
Posted: 10/16/09 at 6:14pm
They could have pulled a quote from the New York Times on Nolan... "Mr. Funk... seems more at ease onstage than anybody!" It's deceptive, but the words are there.
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re: BYE BYE BIRDIE Reviews#123
Posted: 10/16/09 at 6:16pm
I could barely even find any notable pull-quotes in the articles I read.
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re: BYE BYE BIRDIE Reviews#124
Posted: 10/16/09 at 6:26pm
"I have to say I think the original cast album is one of the best produced of all time. It sounds quite extraordinary, and is a better way to spend your time than going to the Henry Miller."

Exactly. And isn't it ever so amusing that WickedRocks makes the comment about better sound and then never responds to any of the posts asking him what he means by that or what he's talking about? Typical, really.
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re: BYE BYE BIRDIE Reviews#125
Posted: 10/16/09 at 6:28pm
"Agreed. That OBC is terrific. I hope to heck that Kurt Deutsch isn't gonna preserve this one. I'd rather hear Ann Reinking and Tommy Tune."

Just as an FYI, labels are no longer preserving anything and that includes Kurt Deutsch. The producers are paying for cast albums and the labels are distributing them. So thank the producers of the shows because that's the only way these things are happening these days, save for shows like Wicked.