Lyric Theatre to open 'Bye Bye Birdie' in Oklahoma City
Lyric Theatre is opening “Bye Bye Birdie” at 7:30 tonight at the Civic Center in Oklahoma City. The show will run through Saturday. Ticket prices range from $33 to $68.
“Bye Bye Birdie” is a musical with a book by Michael Stewart, music by Charles Strouse and lyrics by Lee Adams. It tells the story of famous rock 'n' roll singer, Conrad Birdie, who travels to the small town of Sweet Apple, Ohio, to give a farewell performance and kiss his biggest fan before he is drafted.
The musical first opened on Broadway in 1960, and it ran for a total of 607 performances. It won the Best Musical, Best Choreography and Best Driection of a Musical Tony awards in 1961. Dick Van Dyke won Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical for his role as Albert Peterson.
The Lyric Theatre production is directed and choreographed by Lyn Cramer. Eric Ulloa plays the lead role of Conrad Birdie. OU student Meredith Tyler will star as Kim MacAfee, the teenage fan who is chosen to receive one last kiss from Conrad.
Tyler previously played Dot in OU's production of “Sunday in the Park with George” and Marcy Park in “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.” She also was part of the ensemble in "Rent."
Additional information about the show, including ticket prices, dates and directions to the Civic Center, can be found at Lyric Theatre’s website.