News

Ballina all shook up by old-time favourite

Dane Strudwick plays Conrad Birdie in Ballina Players' new production of Bye Bye Birdie.
Dane Strudwick plays Conrad Birdie in Ballina Players' new production of Bye Bye Birdie. Contributed

CONRAD Birdie is off to the army. Conrad (Dane Strudwick), the rock sensation and central character in Ballina Players' musical production Bye Bye Birdie, has been drafted.

His agent and publicist Albert Peterson (Jordan Stotter) hatches an audacious plan.

Conrad will perform Albert's new song, One Last Kiss, to a lucky fan club member and kiss her goodbye on the Ed Sullivan Show.

This, Albert plans, will make the song a huge financial success and enable him to achieve his ambitions. But the grand plan ends in disaster.

In terms of pop culture significance, the induction of Elvis Presley into the army in 1957 was a major event.

Bye Bye Birdie is a humorous and affectionate satire on American society in the late 1950s and the emerging teenage obsession with singers such as Elvis and the rock'n'roll movement.

Elvis himself even contemplated starring in the movie, which followed the musical.

Bye Bye Birdie, which opens tomorrow, has all the elements of a hilarious comedy, with first love, boyfriend jealousy, parental hypocrisy and below star-standard behaviour from the rock idol.

Audiences will recognise such musical theatre classics as One Last Kiss, A Mother Doesn't Matter Any More, What Did I Ever See In Him?, Spanish Rose and Kids.

It is directed by Warwick Binney and Paul Belsham.

 

Bye Bye Birdie will be staged at the Players Theatre from tomorrow to July 5. Evening performances will start at 8pm and Sunday matinees at 2pm. Opening night tomorrow will be a special event, with pre-show champagne and finger food. Book online at www.ballinaplayers.com.au or at Just Funkin Music, 6686 2440.

Topics:  ballina players



Higher levee would only make floods worse: Letter

The Button Collective playing along the Bruxner Highway to a family trapped in their house.

John Hayter says Cyclone Debbie wasn't the only one to blame

Gollan Hotel opens again after flood

The Gollan Hotel one month after the flood in Lismore.

The flood couldn't stop the pub

PHOTOS: Beef Week's breakfast with the butchers gets cooking

Max,3, and Sophia,4, Gooding from Casino at Breakfast with the Butchers at Casino Beef Week.

This morning the BBQ's were running hot in the Casino CBD

Local Partners

Paralympian's inspiring Beef Week talk

RESILIENCE and determination were key topics of discussion over morning tea at the Casino Beef Week Ladies High Tea yesterday.


Mandy and Ellen will be just women like us in Nimbin

DUO: Mandy Nolan and Ellen Briggs bring their hit show Women Like Us to Nimbin.

Hit comedy show heading towards Nimbin

Chicago comes to Bangalow

CELL BLOCK TANGO: Actress Catherine Zeta-Jones in a scene from the 2002 film Chicago.

The next production by Bangalow Theatre Company

A ballet event of lovers and fairies in Byron Bay

ON STAGE: Byron Ballet's 10th anniversary production will be Shakespeare's A Midnight Summer's Dream.

Byron Ballet celebrates 10 years

Mandy and Ellen will be just women like us in Nimbin

HIT comedy show heading towards Nimbin.

Chicago comes to Bangalow

CELL BLOCK TANGO: Actress Catherine Zeta-Jones in a scene from the 2002 film Chicago.

The next production by Bangalow Theatre Company

Model Bella Hadid's see-through dress shocks in Cannes

US model Bella Hadid attends the Cinema Against AIDS amfAR gala 2017 held at the Hotel du Cap, Eden Roc in Cap d'Antibes, France, 25 May 2017.

It’s like she’s become addicted to shock value.

No room for morbid fans

Chris Cornell.

Fans want to stay in the hotel room where Chris Cornell died

A ballet event of lovers and fairies in Byron Bay

ON STAGE: Byron Ballet's 10th anniversary production will be Shakespeare's A Midnight Summer's Dream.

Byron Ballet celebrates 10 years

Star Wars' 1977 Stormtrooper head banger confesses

A Stormtrooper is responsible for the biggest blunder in a Star Wars movie. Picture: Supplied

Man in most famous blooper in Star Wars history breaks silence

Wild and unknown from Sara Tindley

SONGS FROM THE HEART: Singer Songwriter Sara Tindley.

Local singer songwriter unveils new album

Here's your chance to carp about feral pests

Carp might by great fun to catch but they're destroying Australia's watercourses.

Science in the Pub looks at carp and coral trees

SNEAK PEEK: What new shopping centre is going to look like

Artist impression of the proposed redevelopment of the cinema and shopping complex on Jonson St, Byron Bay.

Mercato billed as regional NSW's most sustainable shopping complex

How Toowoomba house prices compare in Australia

For sale sign in front of home.

Here's what $700,000 will buy you in Toowoomba, Brisbane and Sydney

Slaves in Byron: The dark side of housing crisis

Housing generic.

A darker side to Byron's economy

Bonville to become new housing hub

REZONING: Large areas of Bonville have been rezoned for residential

Land rezoning will turn farmland into housing

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!