Lita speaks first:
My strongest memory of Bye Bye Birdie comes from seeing the film version on television many, many times. I have also seen the latest TV version as well.
Like most girls who were teens as the time, my favorite character is Kim McAfee who was played by Ann-Margaret in the
original movie (and Susan Watson on Broadway).
I was growing up in the 1960's - the time period of the original musical - and I hope to bring that feeling to the
stage and take audiences back in time for a couple of hours.
My favorite dance number will be "Gotta Lot of Livin' to Do" by
Conrad Birdie and Teen company. I have some "special" plans for this
exciting dance which is staged in the "Ice House" where the teens go to
hang out. A parent's worst nightmare.
Dick Van Dyke and Chita Rivera played the original roles of Albert and
Rosie on Broadway (Janet Leigh replaced Chita in the movie). That is a lot to live up to, ya know?! Both are great
Actually, I am really excited to see who will audition for this musical.
I think the words I would say describes "Birdie" include funny, laid back,
nervous, and corny (in the best sense of the word).
But mostly it's a light hearted look at a more secure time, and watching it makes me wish we could go back
to that time...visit PCPH in August, and you'll see why.
At least we can go back for a couple of
hours together! See you at auditions!