Watch Christian Borle, Krysta Rodriguez, Ephraim Sykes Perform Songs from Bye Bye Birdie | Playbill

Video Watch Christian Borle, Krysta Rodriguez, Ephraim Sykes Perform Songs from Bye Bye Birdie

The Kennedy Center is mounting a new version directed by Marc Bruni.

Bye Bye Birdie at the Kennedy Center is getting ready to take flight. At an event in New York City May 23, the cast of the upcoming production in Washington, D.C. previewed three songs from the show.

Ephraim Sykes and the ensemble sang "A Lot of Livin' to Do," Richard Kind and Jennifer Laura Thompson sang "Kids," and Christian Borle and Krysta Rodriguez sang "Rosie." Watch their performances in the video above.

The 1960 musical—featuring music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Lee Adams, and a book by Michael Stewart—centers on music executive Albert Peterson, his sweetheart and secretary Rosie Alvarez, and Elvis stand-in Conrad Birdie as the latter descends upon Sweet Apple, Ohio, for "One Last Kiss" before answering a draft notice and joining the army. The comic story is inspired by a real-life situation with Elvis, with the musical parodying the screaming teen fans and bewildered parents in the rock-n-roll icon's orbit.

Marc Bruni is directing the new revival, which begins June 7 as part of the Broadway Center Stage series and is being dedicated to Kennedy Center honoree (and Bye Bye Birdie original Broadway cast member) Chita Rivera.

The cast includes Borle as Albert Peterson, Rodriguez as Rosie Avarez, and Sykes as Conrad Birdie, Caroline Aaron as Mae Peterson, Ashlyn Maddox as Kim MacAfee, Kind as Harry MacAfee, and Thompson as Doris MacAfee, Jackera Davis as Ursula Merkle, Miguel Gil as Hugo Peabody, Henry Kirk as Randolph MacAfgee, and Megan Sikora as Gloria Rasputin, along with Allison Blackwell, Sarah Chiu, David Aron Damane, Victor de Paula Rocha, Jalen Michael Jones, Evan Kinnane, Kevin Ligon, Kelly LoMonte, Luke Kolbe Mannikus, Linda Mugleston, Maria Cristina Posada Slye, Renell Taylor, and Dori Waymer.

Denis Jones is choreographing, with John Bell serving as music director. The production will feature scenic design by Lee Savage, lighting design by Cory Pattak, costume design by Linda Cho, sound design by Haley Parcher, video and projection design by Nathan Scheuer, and wig design by Tom Watson. Casting is by Geoff Josselson.

The series presented tick, tick...BOOM! earlier this year, in a new production directed by Neil Patrick Harris; and will conclude its 2024 season with Maury Yeston and Arthur Kopit's Nine in August.

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Photos: Ephraim Sykes, Christian Borle, Krysta Rodriguez, and Company of Bye Bye Birdie Meets the Press

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