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Bye Bye Birdie (1960 Original Broadway Cast) [Cast Recording, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered]

Bye Bye Birdie Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (May 30, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Cast Recording, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B00004THM0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #220,281 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Act I: Overture
2. Act I: An English Teacher
3. Act I: The Telephone Hour
4. Act I: How Lovely To Be A Woman
5. Act I: Put On A Happy Face
6. Act I: A Healthy, Normal, American Boy
7. Act I: One Boy
8. Act I: Honestly Sincere
9. Act I: Hymn For A Sunday Evening (Ed Sullivan)
10. Act I: One Last Kiss
11. Act II: What Did I Ever See In Him?
12. Act II: A Lot Of Livin' To Do
13. Act II: Kids
14. Act II: Baby, Talk To Me
15. Act II: Kids Reprise
16. Act II: Spanish Rose
17. Act II: Rosie
18. Charles Strouse At The Smithsonian: Put On A Happy Face

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A lighthearted romp reflecting the Elvis revolution, Bye Bye Birdie follows Albert Peterson (a pre-Mary Poppins Dick Van Dyke), the manager of rock & roller Conrad Birdie (Dick Gautier), who is sweeping through the town of Sweet Apple on a publicity stunt surrounding his being drafted into the Army. Meanwhile, Albert's faithful but exasperated secretary (Chita Rivera) hopes he will give up show business to settle down with her and become a respectable English teacher. In Charles Strouse and Lee Adams's energetic and tuneful score, Van Dyke sings the standard "Put On a Happy Face," the high schoolers are high schoolers ("A Lot of Livin' to Do," "The Telephone Hour," "One Boy") and bewilder their parents ("Kids"), Gautier thrusts his hips ("Honestly Sincere," "One Last Kiss"), and homage is paid to that icon of home entertainment, Ed Sullivan ("Hymn for a Sunday Evening"). Bye Bye Birdie won the 1961 Tony for Best Musical, and Van Dyke reprised his role in the 1963 film version. The 2000 remastering features outstanding clarity as well as a bonus track of Strouse himself introducing and singing "Put On a Happy Face" at a Smithsonian lecture in 1978. --David Horiuchi

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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Lyrics Are Great June 20, 2000
By Tom
Format:Audio CD
I keep coming across reviews where people show theydon't"get it," and I always want to defend the person who wasunfairly criticized. When BBB opened on Broadway on April 14, 1960, rock and roll was for kids and Broadway musicals were for adults. Thus -- much more so than in the movie version three years later -- Bye Bye Birdie was a SATIRE of rock and roll. The rock and roll numbers in it are SATIRIZATIONS of the music AND lyrics that were typical of rock and roll at the time. So, when Lee Adams writes "one boy to joke with, have Coke with," or the "banal" lyrics in Honestly Sincere (and they're more than just banal, they're out-and-out DUMB, on purpose), he's SATIRIZING the stupid and banal lyrics of the rock and roll songs of the era. The lyrics for One Last Kiss are as silly as they can be -- and, OF COURSE, this was done on purpose! Lee Adams was actually a very clever lyricist. You can see this clearly in the non-rock-and-roll songs in BBB, especially Normal American Boy, Hymn For a Sunday Evening, Spanish Rose, Kids -- in fact, in ALL the songs for the "adults." Listen, anyone who can rhyme "bickerish" with "licorice" isn't banal!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Remastering marks a significant improvement February 17, 2006
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
If, like me, you bought your favorite cast albums in their first cd incarnation, you may be wondering if it's worth it to buy the same show album all over again. The answer is an emphatic "Yes".

Not for the bonus tracks, but the sound--I'm hearing details of performance and orchestration that I've missed before. The remastering adds clarity that will signifcantly enhance your enjoyment. The liner notes are an improvement also, giving a lot of behind the scenes perspective to how this show was developed and improved on it's way to becoming a Broadway hit.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cast provide penty of fun for this OCR. September 9, 2004
Format:Audio CD
BYE BYE BIRDIE was a show with nothing more in mind but to provide a light entertaining evening for theatre-goers. It went on to win the 1961 Tony award for Best Musical and has since become one of the most frequently staged musicals by high schools and community groups. The score by Charles Strouse is bright and lively, and Lee Adams' lyrics are clever, especially his satires on the popular music of the day.

Columbia's original Broadway cast album is still the best of the 4 available recordings. The London cast with Peter Marshall proves once agan that the Brits just don't understand American performing styles. The dreadful 1963 film tries to turn it into a showcase for Ann Magaret, and the 1995 TV version with Jason Alexander is curiously short on fun. On this CD Van Dyke, Rivera and company provide plenty! Great liner notes and detailed synopsis... and all at a great price!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Nostalgic Classic August 14, 2002
Format:Audio CD
One of the classics of the American Musical Theater. In 1960, between the Elvis craze and Beatlemania. And Dick VanDyke's breakout role - that led to his TV show with MTM. Some parts of our culture from "Telephone Hour" to "Put on a Happy Face" to "Kids" and "A Lot of Livin' to Do". I did the show in college and my favorite part of the score is the dance break in "Put on A Happy Face" - great big-band arrangement that got lost in the movie. Close your eyes and see VanDyke's physical comedy/dance/slapstick at its best. (And yes, the sad little girl laughs - with a 'happy face' after all the shenanigans!)
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very underappreciated musical March 8, 2001
By "pspa"
Format:Audio CD
With an outstanding cast headed by the great Dick Van Dyke, Chita Rivera and Paul Lynde, and many wonderful songs including Kids, Whole Lotta Livin to Do, Spanish Rosie, and my personal favorite Hymm for a Sunday Night, this semi-spoof of a late 50s rock star (Conrad Birdie), a songwriter, his overbearing mother and the woman he loves and almost loses is in my opinion a highly underrated and entertaining musical. As grounded as it is in its time period, at the same time it explores timeless themes and is as fresh today as when it was first released. The movie version is fine too, with the amazing Ann Margaret in her prime, but musically the Broadway recording is the best.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better Than the Movie Soundtrack October 9, 2007
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Bye Bye Birdie (1960 Original Broadway Cast) Many of the classic Broadway musicals of mid-20th century are available as both movie soundtracks and as Broadway cast albums. Though all are enjoyable, the cast albums sound more natural, more enthusiastic, and more spontaneous than the (later) movie soundtracks. Probably that is because the cast albums were recorded shortly after the shows opened on Broadway. The original cast album of "Bye Bye Birdie" is in this category. And there is more background about the musical. The excellent and lengthy liner notes recount the story of how the musical was written and developed into the evergreen musical that it became.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars We Love You, Conrad! November 18, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Out of all the various versions of this beloved musical, this is the best BYE BYE BIRDIE album to own. Starring Dick Van Dyke and Chita Rivera, this album captures the comical and satirical essence that is BYE BYE BIRDIE. Some of my favorite songs include:

"An English Teacher"
"The Telephone Hour"
"Put on a Happy Face"
"Honestly Sincere
"Hymn for a Sunday Evening"
"Kids"
"Rosie"

This is a great album to listen to if you have ever been in the play and is the most true to the script. Avoid the movie version, unless you want to hear Ann-Margaret.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Anachronism
Few will recall the time when Elvis was drafted -- the event that inspired Bye Bye Birdie, but the score and cast in the film version of the stage musical are terrific. Read more
Published 6 months ago by BobAck
5.0 out of 5 stars thanks
Great music, incredible show. I listen quite often during work and to relax. I exercise to this, walk, and work with this music
Published 9 months ago by bwolz
5.0 out of 5 stars Always found this musical to be fun and funny.
Just a fun musical with an interesting premise. Can't miss with DicK Van Dyke or Chita Rivera. Captures the mood of the times.
Published 17 months ago by Lynn Reinhard
5.0 out of 5 stars Bye Bye Birdie Original Broadway Recording
Dick Van Dyke and Chita Rivera make this an unforgettable original. You may find yourself wishing you were there in the audience when they first performed it live.
Published 18 months ago by KKO
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Family Music!
The Birdie CD's have been great music for our whole family. I have three kids ranging in age young to pre-teen who all love the fun, uplifting songs. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Plays
My wife enjoys doing plays so she uses this all the time for her to practice. A lot cheaper online then in the book stores.
Published 20 months ago by Michael H
5.0 out of 5 stars BYE, BYE, BIRDIE
I was in my high school orchestra back in 1962 playing bass clarinet and we did this play based on the 1960 original broadway cast. We very much sounded just like this CD. Read more
Published 23 months ago by ALEX
5.0 out of 5 stars Great 60's Musical!
Great fun! Dick Van Dyke at his best, Chita Rivera is glorious, Paul Lynde is a hoot! Classic 60's musical, light hearted and entertaining. Read more
Published on September 1, 2007 by Tom George
5.0 out of 5 stars Five stars is not enough!
I'm acting in my summer stock company's production of "Bye Bye Birdie," this summer. This show has been one of my favorites since, years ago, when I was in High School, I was... Read more
Published on August 3, 2007 by R. J Metz
5.0 out of 5 stars Energy proliferates
I saw the live version, albeit with the Australian cast, many years ago. It comprised a wonderfully vibrant, energetic cast. Read more
Published on May 13, 2007 by Denise Wels
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