Bye Bye Birdie, at Hayes Performing Arts Center


The Tony-winning, toe-tapping, all-American musical hits the town with the Blowing Rock Stage Company’s production of Bye Bye Birdie.

It’s as American as baseball, apple pie and Elvis. Bye Bye Birdie, a Tony Award winner for Best Musical, made its byebyebirdie1Broadway debut in 1960 with Dick Van Dyke, Chita Rivera and Charles Nelson Reilly. The Blowing Rock Stage Company brings this toe-tapping, timeless musical comedy, which has been praised by the New York Times for its “effervescent score,” to the Hayes Performing Arts Center in Blowing Rock July 17 – Aug. 2.

The affectionate, family-friendly tale follows rock & roll teen heartthrob Conrad Birdie (a character widely thought in theatre lore to have been inspired by the King) and the antics surrounding a publicity stunt on The Ed Sullivan Show in which Conrad will kiss one lucky girl from Sweet Apple, Ohio, before being inducted into the Army. Bye Bye Birdie features such unforgettable, sunshine-bright songs as “Put on a Happy Face,” “How Lovely to Be a Woman” and “Rosie.” raves that “the score still sends us out of the theatre humming.”

Star power had never been more over the top than when Elvis Presley gyrated his hips for the first time. Rock and Roll had invaded the living rooms of America, and Bye, Bye Birdie burst onto the Broadway scene, lampooning Elvis, his crazed fans and the new sounds in pop music. With each subsequent generation the sounds have changed, but star power continues to captivate America. Rousing musical score, hilarious dialogue and great characters never go out of style, and Birdie is back, in all his pelvic glory, ready to enchant audiences once more.

The 37-member cast of Bye Bye Birdie is proud to feature BRSC stalwarts Jim Ballard (Leading Ladies and Peter Pan, in which he played the dastardly Capt. Hook) as singing sensation Conrad Birdie; Chris Kent (8-Track, The Immigrant and Keep on the Sunnyside) as Conrad’s agent Albert Peterson; and Steve Ware (Journey to byebyebirdie-logo2Mitford, The Immigrant), as well as a troupe of local adults, children and BRSC 2009 interns.  The cast even includes local mom, and Mom Squad reader, Melanie Miller!

“With each subsequent generation the sounds have changed, but star power continues to captivate America,” adds Wainstein. “Rousing musical score, hilarious dialogue and great characters never go out of style, and Birdie is back, in all his pelvic glory, ready to enchant audiences once more.”

Bye Bye Birdie is sponsored by Chetola Resort & Spa, Mix 102.3 and WNC Magazine.

As a special Bye Bye Birdie opening night event, the Hayes Center will offer heavy hors d’ouevres courtesy of Glidewell’s restaurant in the outside courtyard at the Hayes Center on Friday, July 17, from 6:30-7:45pm. (In the event of rain, the reception will take place in the Ebert Rehearsal Hall on the second floor.) Cost is $10/person (pay in advance or at the door). **Additional dinner and show packages starting at $82/couple are also available at Glidewell’s, Bistro Roca, Crippens, and the Manor House at Chetola.

Performances for Bye Bye Birdie are July 17 at 8pm, July 18 at 8pm, July 19 at 2 & 7pm, July 22 at 8pm, July 23 at 2 & 8pm, July 24 at 8pm, July 25 at 2 & 8pm, July 26 at 2pm, July 29 at 8pm, July 30 at 2 & 8pm, July 31 at 8pm, Aug. 1 at 2 & 8pm, Aug. 2 at 2pm. Individual tickets are $30 for adults, $14 for students and are available now by calling the Box Office at 828-295-9627. You may pay by credit card or by cash (in person). Tickets can also be purchased online at by credit card. Special group rates are also available (10 person minimum). Season and Flex Passes can be purchased and used throughout the entire ’09 season.

The Hayes Performing Arts Center is located at 152 Jamie Fort Road (off Hwy 321), Blowing Rock, N.C. Tel:828-295-9627

Upcoming shows at the Hayes Performing Arts Center:
Please check website frequently as additional touring shows are added frequently.

July 3 – 12

Two divas, two egos and one suite adds up to multiple laughs. By the Blowing Rock Stage Company.

July 20

Performer Ryan Pelton takes us through the eras of Elvis Presley’s amazing career — from the raw-edge ’50s to the Las Vegas ’70s, all on the set of Bye Bye Birdie.

Aug. 7 – 16

A psychological thriller set in Victorian England that inspired the 1944 Oscar-winning film Gaslight. Produced by the Blowing Rock Stage Company.

Aug. 21 – Sept. 6
Musical biography of the country legend. Produced by the Blowing Rock Stage Company.

August 23

Legendary improv comedy theatre troupe performs smart, topical humor and is family friendly. “Funniest show in town” –New York Post

August 30

James Coffee, Bob Harmon and Glenn Bolick celebrate the music and tradition that makes Appalachian mountain life and the music it begat so unique..

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