Although Broadway holds a general air of magnificence and splendor, there are many off-Broadway shows that have the potential to capture your heart. One of them is the 1960’S Tony Award winning musical, Bye Bye Birdie, being performed at the Hudson Guild Theater.
Based off of the original story written by playwright Michael Stewart, and put together by Polaris Productions, a non-profit children’s theater group which gives children of all ages the opportunity to develop their acting and performing skills, Bye Bye Birdie was a lighthearted, entertaining, and well reenacted play.
The play tells the satirical story of American Rock and Roll star, Conrad Birdie, who is to be drafted into the army in 1958. He is thrown into a series of hilarious events as his manager Albert Peterson tries to ensure that Birdie does not leave American society without a bang, involving one of Birdie’s number one fans who has just recently decided that it is time for her to relinquish her dreams of ever meeting the famous celebrity and move on.
All proceeds of the play went to supporting the non-profit organization which is just one of many fantastic opportunities for children and adults alike to expand their talents, enrich their community and volunteer.
Even though the play took place in a small theater and it lacked high flying maneuvers and elaborate sets and costumes, the actors of this production, which include names like Jacob Kornwolf and Georgia Cecile Johnson, were well prepared, played their roles well and really brought the story to life. The songs were performed beautifully and soulfully and the show, directed by LeCee Galmiche Johnson, was an overall fabulous success.
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