Thursday, April 26, 2007

Put on a Happy Face

Roundabout Theatre Company had great success with the old-fashioned musical The Pajama Game last season. So now there is a rumor that they are turning their attention to another bright bouncy show, Bye Bye Birdie. Unlike Pajama, Birdie has never had a Broadway revival, and nothing says it is actually on its way.

Roundabout is indeed planning a workshop of Birdie, directed and choreographed by Robert Longbottom, this summer. And I'm sure they are putting feelers out there to see if they can get a star. But this all doesn't mean we'll be seeing it. We might and we might not. Roundabout has done plenty of readings and workshops of shows we never saw there--I remember Baby most of all for some unknown reason.

If the production actually does happen, I hope it is in the American Airlines, I can't take many more 54 musicals and I don't think Birdie would fit there. Birdie needs a shiny theater to match its score. I also hope they get a great cast, the show doesn't hold up without one (see the Encores! mounting of a few years ago).

My head feels like it's ready to explode so that is it for today. More Sunday.


Corey said...

I remember seeing Tommy Tune at the Colonial Theatre in 1994 or 1995 and it was fantastic. Would be a great idea for a cash cow for Roundabout. I was just reading on Steve on Broadway that they are thinking of bringing Cabaret back to NY. I hope they try this first.

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