Bye Bye Birdie

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Bye Bye Birdie is a Broadway musical satire on American society written by Michael Stewart (book), Lee Adams (lyrics), and Charles Strouse (music). It was first performed in the Martin Beck Theatre on April 14, 1960, directed by Gower Champion. It is also a movie from 1963, with Ann-Margret, Dick Van Dyke and Jesse Pearson. This article is about both the musical and the movie.


  • His going in the army is the best thing he could do.- Rose
  • Talk to us oh beautiful one, tell us how you make that glorious sound that even now in anticipation of has reduced me to a snarling raging jungle beast.-Ursala
  • "Healthy Normal American Boy"
  • "They're all the same, from puberty to Mussolini!" - Kim MacAfee
  • "Grey skies are gonna clear up, put on a happy face!" - Albert Peterson


  • Bye Bye Birdie, I'm gonna miss you so...
    • Opening song
  • Bye Bye Birdie, the army's got you now...

I'll try Birdie, to forget somehow...

    • Closing song
  • The next time I have a daughter, I hope it's a boy!
  • "Why look so awfully tragic, put on a happy face!"
  • Randolph, your father's warned you. If you make another bomb, you'll get spanked.
  • There are men, with childhood behind them...

Both musical and movie

  • Have you heard about Hugo and Kim?
  • We love you Conrad, oh yes we do!
  • Life's a ball, if only you know it, and its all just waitin' for you. You're alive so come on and show it, we've got a lot of livin' to do.
  • "One last kiss!" Conrad Birdie
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