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About the Show

A musical inspired by the phenomenon of Elvis Presley and his draft notice into the Army, from composer Charles Strouse.

Story: Conrad Birdie has been drafted to the army. As a farewell, the rock and roll star is scheduled to sing Albert Peterson's "One Last Kiss" and kiss a girl from Sweet Apple, Ohio live on the Ed Sullivan Show. However, Conrad's hip-thrusting makes more than one man in town uncomfortable, many of whom attempt to stop the show from happening. Meanwhile, Rosie wonders if Alfred, for whom she does everything, will ever leave his mother's shadow.

Cast and Creative Team

Composer: Charles Strouse
Lyricist: Lee Adams
Librettist: Michael Stewart

Broadway Premiere
Theatre: Martin Beck Theatre, 54th Street Theatre, Shubert Theatre
Opening Night: Apr 14, 1960
Total Performances: 607
Original Cast: Chita Rivera, Dick Van Dyke, Dick Gautier, Paul Lynde, Kay Medford, Michael J. Pollard, Susan Watson
Director and Choreographer: Gower Champion
Musical Director: Elliot Lawrence
Orchestrations: Robert Ginzler
Scenic Design: Robert Randolph
Costume Design: Miles White
Lighting Design: Peggy Clark
Hair Design: Ernest Adler

Broadway Revival
Theatre: Henry Miller's Theatre
Opening Night: Oct 15, 2009
Total Performances: 117
Original Cast: Gina Gershon, Bill Irwin, John Stamos, Nolan Gerard Funk, Dee Hoty, Jayne Houdyshell
Director and Choreographer: Robert Longbottom
Musical Director: David Holcenberg
Orchestrations: Jonathan Tunick
Scenic Design: Andrew Jackness
Costume Design: Gregg Barnes
Lighting Design: Ken Billington

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