Bye, Bye, Birdie has been going wonderfully. If you'd like to come see it, OCP's last two performances are tonight and tomorrow. If you can't come see it, here are some peeks (many thanks to the one who put the videos on YouTube):
Sincere is my favorite number in the musical, even though the chorus doesn't sing at all. For those who don't know the story, Conrad Birdie is an Elvis-type singer who's drafted in 1958. As a publicity stunt, his manager, Albert, is going to have him give one teen, Kim McAfee, in Sweet Apple, Ohio, One Last Kiss before he heads to the army. Here, he sings after being welcomed to Sweet Apple:
(If you want to pick us out, daughter is in red on the top level on the left side of the stage (about 1:20). Older son is next to her, in the shirt and tie, looking around disapprovingly. I'm on the right side of the stage in the blue & white check dress (about 2:32).)
This is so fun to perform!!!!
It's fun for me to see the video - I love all the energy and color onstage, and, since I've already "fainted," I'd never seen how it actually ends!
Another one of my favorite scenes is Mr. McAfee's soliloquy (tirade). I never get tired of watching his performance! - though I see it from the left side:
Frustrated with Albert, Rosie, his secretary/girlfriend goes out on the town and crashes a Shriner's meeting. Another favorite scene! [Older son has the red tie.]:
I'm really amazed at the two leads. Albert is played by the director, and Rosie is played by the choreographer - so they had not only their own scenes to learn, but all the work to get everyone else to learn their scenes. I think they did a fantastic job!
Here, Albert is trying to convince Rosie to come back (Older son is singing bass in the barbershop quartet backing him). This is my favorite song in the whole musical.:
One of the co-founders of OCP was the director for Music Man, two years ago, the music director for Joseph and the Amazing Dreamcoat last summer, and the artistic director for Birdie. I love finally being able to see her act as Albert's mother, Mae! Here, she's singing A Mother Doesn't Matter Anymore.:
She's got the best line in the whole musical.
I won't put all the videos on here because that would make this page take forever to load. If you'd like to see more: