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Put On a Happy Face for BYE BYE BIRDIE at Rivertown Theaters


Put on your poodle skirts, petticoats, ponytails and pompadours and oh yes, a happy face and join the gang at Rivertown Theaters for one of the '50s/ '60s favorite musicals - Bye Bye Birdie - running May 5 - 21.

Before Beatlemania, before Beiber Fever, came hip-swinging' teen idol Conrad Birdie (loosely based on Elvis), who, to the dismay of his adoring fans, is about to be drafted into the army by Uncle Sam. In Bye Bye Birdie, the 1950's rock-n-roll musical comedy, Birdie's agent, Albert and his secretary/girlfriend, Rosie, cook up a plan to send him off in style. They must write Birdie a new hit song and have him bestow "one last kiss" on a lucky fan, live on the Ed Sullivan Show. A town full of colorful characters including crazed teenagers, a jealous boyfriend, and a spotlight stealing father make for a rollicking good time.

In addition to the popular silver screen adaptation starring Ann Margaret, Bye Bye Birdie is a Tony Award winner for Best Musical and features such beloved songs as "Put on A Happy Face," "Kids," "The Telephone Hour" and "A Lot of Living' To Do."


Character / Actor

Albert Peterson Bryce Slocumb

Rosie Alvarez Abby Botnick

Kim MacAfee Haley Nicole Taylor

Mrs. Doris MacAfee Jacquelyn Achord

Randolph MacAfee Dylan Rhoton

Conrad Birdie Trevor Brown

Mr. Harry MacAfee Kyle Daigrepont

Ursula Merkle Amelia Jacquat

Mrs. Mae Peterson Helen Blanke

Harvey Johnson Ross Hingle

Hugo Peabody Michael Brown


Director Gary Rucker

Choreographer Kellen Alexis

Musical Director Alan Payne

Stage Manager Suzie Thomas, Eric Porter

Asst. Musical Director Matthew McCollum

Scenic Design / Technical Director Eric Porter

Props Nathanael Trahan

Costumes Linda Fried

Lighting Design Earl Lennie

Wig design Jason Picus

Show Dates and Times:

Opening Week May 5 & 6 at 8:00 pm & May 7 at 2:00 pm

2nd Week May 12 & 13 at 8:00 pm & May 14 at 2:00 pm

3rd Week May 18, 19 & 20 at 8:00 pm & May 21 at 2:00 pm

Individual Ticket prices: $44.00 - Adults $41.90- Seniors $39.80 - Students (including taxes)

Box Office Hours are Tuesday - Friday from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. and one hour prior to each performance.

Corporate and Individual sponsorships, season tickets, group and military discounts are available as well. To purchase, call the Box Office: (504) 461-9475 or (504) 468-7221 or visit


Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts is located at 325 Minor St. in the heart of Kenner's historic Rivertown district. Plenty of free parking is available on the streets around the theater.

Now in its multiple award-winning fifth season, Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts kicked off its inaugural "Broadway Series At Rivertown" Schedule For the 2012-2013 inaugural season with a new name, a new management company, Theatre 13, and new artistic directors, Gary Rucker and Kelly Fouchi. The mission of Theatre 13 is to bring new and exciting productions to the New Orleans area while providing local theater artists an opportunity to perform and create, as well as teach and showcase the talents of children of all ages.

Today, Theatre 13 is producing a wide range of professional theatrical shows, from Broadway musicals and locally penned theatrical works to children's theater for Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts.

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