POINT PLEASANT — “Bye, Bye Birdie” will be presented by the Point Pleasant High School Theatre Department, May 13-15.
Based on the book by Michael Stewart, the musical comedy was first performed on Broadway in 1960 starring the comedic legends Dick Van Dyke, Paul Lynde, and Charles Nelson Reilly. Inspired by the hip-shaking phenom Elvis Presley and his departure from fictitious Sweet Apple, Ohio, for the Army, the movie version was unveiled in 1963. Now the cast would add Maureen Stapleton, Janet Leigh, and launching Ann-Margaret to super stardom. After multiple adaptations, “Bye, Bye Birdie” was finally turned into a television production in 1995.
The PPJ/SHS performances for “Bye, Bye Birdie” will be on May 13 and 14 at 7 p.m., and May 15 at 3 p.m. at the Wedge Auditorium. Under the direction of Chloe Houck, with assistance from Jeff Wittman and Crystal Hendricks, this comedic musical will stay true to its roots as originally written in the late 1950’s/early 1960’s genre, according to organizers.
Tickets are $5 for each performance and will soon be available at area banks as well as the school. Seating is limited so advanced purchasing is recommended.