Another Rave for BYE BYE BIRDIE at Goodspeed!

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Warren Kelley, Donna English, Tristen Buettel, and Ben Stone-Zelman

Last month, we rounded up all the wonderful reviews for BYE BYE BIRDIE, currently playing at Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, CT. Critics were overwhelmingly thrilled by Goodspeed’s production of the musical theater classic about small-town America, teenagers, and rock & roll in the early 1960s.

This weekend, The New York Times weighed in, and they have joined the chorus of raves! Silviane Gold extols “Michael Stewart’s deft book, Charles Strouse’s lilting music and Lee Adams’s clever lyrics,” and writes, “a glorious production of BYE BYE BIRDIE is putting happy faces on Goodspeed Opera House audiences.”

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Brittany Nicholas, Tristen Buettel, Hannah Bradley, and Alex Walton

“Directing a powerhouse cast on Tobin Ost’s versatile set, Jenn Thompson underscores both the satire and the warmth in the material,” Gold writes. “Her BIRDIE brims with energy, funneled by the choreographer, Patricia Wilcox, into dazzling dance numbers that spill off the stage and into the aisles.”

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George Merrick and Kristine Zbornik

Praising all the performances, Gold singles out Kristine Zbornik, who “as Albert’s comic harridan of a smothering matriarch, just about stops the show with her rendition. It is a gem of a performance, and this production has many.”

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Janet Dacal

“As always at Goodspeed, the technical elements are top-of-the-line,” writes Gold. “Even with the latter-day tinkering, this BYE BYE BIRDIE remains blissfully in and of its period.”

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Dorcas Leung with Paul Aguirre and Marci Reed

Congratulations to everyone involved in this joyous production! It’s not too late to catch the “top-of-the-line” tuner; performances continue through September 8th. For more info, visit

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Tristan Buettel, Rhett Guter and the cast

BYE BYE BIRDIE and BYE BYE BIRDIE Young Performers’ Edition are available for licensing exclusively through Tams-Witmark Music Library.

All photos by Diane Sobolewski, courtesy of Goodspeed Musicals