Bye Bye Birdie

New York: Edward Padula, Circa 1960. Draft script for the 1960 musical, noted as "Acting Version" on the front wrapper. The play opened at the Martin Beck Theatre on April 14, 1960, transferring to the 54th Street Theatre and then the Shubert Theatre, and closed on October 7, 1961, after a run of 607 performances. Winner of the 1961 Tony Award for Best Musical.

An unsuccessful pop songwriter is convinced he can make his fortune if he can get recently drafted rock and roll star Conrad Birdie on the Ed Sullivan show to kiss his high school girlfriend goodbye. Basis for the 1963 film version starring Janet Leigh, Dick Van Dyke, Maureen Stapleton and Ann-Margaret.

Red titled Studio Duplicating Service wrappers, noted as Acting Version on the front wrapper. Title page present, with credits for Book by Mike Stewart, Music by Charles Strause, Lyrics by Lee Adams, and Directed and Choreographed by Gower Champion. 107 leaves, with last page of text numbered 2-8-42. Mimeograph duplication, rectos only. Pages Near Fine, wrapper Very Good with chipping and closed tears at the extremities, bound with two gold screw brads.


[Book #157870]