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Bye Bye Birdie Tour?

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Bye Bye Birdie Tour?#1
Posted: 3/31/08 at 6:11pm
My local paper (in Kentucky) announced our theatre's 2008-2009 Broadway season. Bye Bye Birdie is planned for April 2009. Does anybody know of any information for this tour? I tried searching the boards and the internet and couldn't find anything. Is it just too soon for information to be floating around?
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re: Bye Bye Birdie Tour?#2
Posted: 3/31/08 at 8:03pm
1) why would it be a tour if it's on Broadway

2) I don't think it's possible to accurately "announce" the '09 season.

3) I believe plans for a revival have been scratched...
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re: Bye Bye Birdie Tour?#2
Posted: 3/31/08 at 8:43pm
Fierece- As far as I know, Roundabout is still planning to revive Birdie. It's been workshoped to death there, but Birdie and Golden Boy are the two Strouse shows in the works for revival, though Golden Boy isn't attactched to Roundboat as far as I know.

Jyn- Is your community theatre called The Broadway Players or something? Maybe they're going to perform it? Your paper could had made some sort of error, maybe?
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re: Bye Bye Birdie Tour?#3
Posted: 3/31/08 at 8:50pm
Windwood Productions will tour Birdie 08-09 season.
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re: Bye Bye Birdie Tour?#4
Posted: 3/31/08 at 9:04pm
That makes sense.
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re: Bye Bye Birdie Tour?#5
Posted: 3/31/08 at 9:06pm
jv92- no it's not a local community group performance. The theatre is The Riverpark Center. Usually has non-equity tours. It's built several shows at the theatre that go on to tour the country (42nd Street, The Producers, etc) In the paper they said that they'll be building Frost/Nixon starring Stacy Keach, and it's the first show of the '08-'09 season. The other shows announced are The Pajama Game, ... Spelling Bee, and I forgot the other 2 at the moment. It's always possible that they made a mistake, but they usually don't announce stuff like that unless it's official.

phantomo99- thanks for that. I googled their website and it they had a bit of information.
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re: Bye Bye Birdie Tour?#6
Posted: 3/31/08 at 9:41pm
This is OT, but...

It really pisses me off how Owensboro and Pahducah have larger and more modern theatres then Lexington. The Opera House is a historic building, but it is not suited to the shows a city like lexington should be getting. Even the shows they are getting now have to be nearly sold out to make a profit, the theatre is so small.
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re: Bye Bye Birdie Tour?#7
Posted: 4/1/08 at 8:57am
phantomo- is that true? I would've thought Lexington had better ones. I don't think Owensboro takes advantage of it's own theatre as well as it could. I've been so jealous of my cousin who lives in Lexington, it doesn't forgo the arts just to support UK basketball or whatever. We're more of a 'sports' town (in high schools and colleges), neglecting the arts. She goes to the school of performing arts up there and was recently in elaborate productions of Cats and Beauty and the Beast. My high school didn't even have a drama club or class my last three years.

I usually have to travel a good distance if I want to see any decent tours. That's why I'm so excited about Bye Bye Birdie being here. Louisville usually has some good shows come through, as well.
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re: Bye Bye Birdie Tour?#8
Posted: 4/1/08 at 11:20am
I hope this tour is better than the one with Tune and Reinking.
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re: Bye Bye Birdie Tour?#9
Posted: 4/1/08 at 12:08pm
Lexington's Opera House is beautiful, but it only seats 1,027, compaired to Owensboro's 1479, and Pahducah's 1806. And you also get Broadway shows in Evansville and Henderson. Here are some pics of Lex:

http://flickr.com/photos/rupparena/2368070745/
http://flickr.com/photos/rupparena/2368126305/
http://flickr.com/photos/rupparena/2368097729/


Compare that to Owensboro:

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and Pahducah:

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re: Bye Bye Birdie Tour?#10
Posted: 4/1/08 at 2:37pm
Oh, and ashland has a 1417 seater.
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re: Bye Bye Birdie Tour?#11
Posted: 4/1/08 at 3:04pm
I remember in 2005 that there was going to be a pre-Broadway tour that was going to play the Pantages in Los Angeles. That never happened.
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re: Bye Bye Birdie Tour?#12
Posted: 4/2/08 at 11:34am
wow, Paducah has a beautiful theatre. I think I've been to The Opera House actually. That may be where Beauty and the Beast was.

OT: were those your pictures from the Queen thing? That's a tribute band, right? I've recently become a big fan of Queen. It's fun to see something related to music I like (Queen) on a site for something else I love (Broadway). (I'm easily amused, haha)
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re: Bye Bye Birdie Tour?#13
Posted: 4/3/08 at 12:31am
So is this production an original that this company is doing?
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re: Bye Bye Birdie Tour?#14
Posted: 4/3/08 at 12:49am
Wow! That theatre is gorgeous!
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re: Bye Bye Birdie Tour?#15
Posted: 4/3/08 at 2:32am
The first one is boring looking though. I don't like when there are no sides like that. Reminds me of the Golden in NYC.