As the first production in their Closing Notice Concert Series, Opening Doors Theatre Company (ODTC) presents Bring Back Birdie, the ill-fated sequel to the 1960 hit Bye, Bye, Birdie.
The story revolves around Albert O'Connor and Rosie as they hunt down missing teen idol Conrad Birdie for one last televised appearance on the Grammy Awards show. The original 1981 production played 34 previews and ran for 4 performances at the Martin Beck Theatre. Despite it being considered a flop, the show has lively and charming musical numbers.
ODTC's Closing Notice Concert Series is a trio of "living cast album" presentations focusing on classic musicals that were either dubbed a "flop," had short commercial runs, or most likely will never be produced again. ODTC respectfully presents these scores with the understanding that - unsuccessful or not - the creators poured their craft, guts and love into the work and they deserve to be heard once again - live on stage. The songs are linked with "liner notes"-like narration and parts of the original book.