September 13th, 2009


Wierd things in Bye Bye Birdie

Been watching the Bye Bye Birdie revival, and while it's not a bad show, it isn't really a great one. There are some things that I find a bit odd....while there are also some things that I find to be quite innovative.

Wierd things:
-->What year is it supposed to be in (revival wise)? It gives a feel of the 1970s, yet the original show is 50 years old. The girls in the show go from pants-->skirt-->pants, and while the change makes sense in Act 2, it doesn't really make sense in Act 1.

-->Some of the lighting is awkward. This show can be done with non-moving lights and spotlights, as it is done in high schools. Don't really see why it has be so flashy.

-->Gina Gershon. Good actress. Bad singer...Is she in the show to be eye candy?

-->The "Sweet Apple, Ohio" bench is too Brechtian for this production. Give the audience some credit.

-->The moving platforms that have people being moved, where the people could be's like something out of The Jetsons

Good things:
--> The Train that is made so well it gives the illusion of a real train

--> The projections

-->Scene transitions are very smooth and exact

-->Sound is well done

-->Bill Irwin is well done

-->The stage crew does a great job

-->In 3 days, the show has lost 5 minutes to its run time, mostly due to tightening and re-blocking

-->The Ed Sullivan sequences help the new generation to understand at least something about who he was

-->The actor that plays Hugo is very convincing and a surprise

This is kind of like a review, but isn't really. Things are still changing over there. If one wanted to go, I would suggest not paying too much, as it plays as a really expensive high school musical. It is cute, and I know of many theatregoers who like cute things.