2012-06-29 / Entertainment/Lifestyles

RTC Loves Conrad Birdie And So Will You!

A Wave Review

In keeping with the Rockaway Theatre Company tradition of presenting a Great American musical for its big July show, members of the company have been busily rehearsing for this weekend’s opening of the nostalgic Bye Bye Birdie. This is a hilarious play set in the early ’60s. Conrad Birdie is a fictional character based on the very real celebrity Elvis Presley, who appeared on the Ed Sullivan show in 1956 just before his career was interrupted by induction into the U.S. Army.

The fictional Birdie, who has supposedly been drafted as well, is scheduled to make a similar TV appearance before the American public but unforeseen complications thwart the efforts of his manager to make this happen. What are these complications? Will Birdie ever appear on the T.V. screens of 60 million adoring fans before he must bid them “Bye Bye” for good?

Reserving your ticket to see the RTC’s production of Bye Bye Birdie will not only help answer these most intriguing theatrical questions but you will experience the added perks of hearing a fabulous Charles Strouse-Lee Adams score played by an amazing orchestra under the baton of Richard Louis Pierre and including terrific numbers like, “Put on a Happy Face,” “Lotta Livin,” “Kids” and “One Last Kiss” (to name a few).

You will see excellent Broadway style dancing thanks to the choreography of Broad Channel’s own Nicola DePierro. You will see an imaginative and amazing set, complete with spiral staircase and fireman’s pole, designed by Director John Gilleece, Construction Supervisor Tony Homsey and by Birdie himself, Frank Caiati. You will also travel back a half century to observe the fabulous period costumes designed by Costumier/Assistant Director Susan Corning and her team of experts including Matthew Smilardi, Naomi Seitz and Maureen McNamee.

If all this weren’t enough reason to make a trip up to Fort Tilden sometime over the next three weekends, then it is time to reveal the most exciting perk of all: the brand spanking new bathrooms recently installed at the Post Theater. Yes, theater lovers, it is true … Thanks, in part, to a grant from the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York, the RTC can cross the need for multiple modern, handicap accessible Men’s and Ladies’ rooms off its “To Do” list. Imagine: no more long lines for the restroom … well, at least not as long as before. The facilities alone would be well worth the price of admission, but, amazingly, your ticket entitles you to experience a fabulous show to boot!

Bye Bye Birdie performances will take place on June 29 and 30 and July 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, at 8:00 p.m.

There will also be three matinees on July 1, 8 and 15 at 2:00 p.m. A special bargain admission price is available for the Thursday, June 12 performance only. (See ad in this newspaper for details.).

Advance reservations are very highly recommended because the show is already almost sold out. Call the RTC Hotline at 718-374-6400 or go to www.rockawaytheatrecompany.org to secure your seats before it is too late and your chance to see a truly great American musical goes, “Bye, Bye.”

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