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When Conrad Birdie, America's rock n' roll idol of 1960, gets drafted into the army, his agent, Albert Peterson, is at the end of his rope. Albert's secretary and long suffering girlfriend, Rose Alvarez, develops a scheme to send Conrad off with a hit song, "One Last Kiss," which he will bestow on his #1 fan, Kim MacAfee of Sweet Apple, Ohio. Kim and her friends love the idea, but Hugo, Kim's new "steady," is less than thrilled. MacAfee, Kim's father is totally frustrated with kids today until he learns he will be appearing on the Ed Sullivan Show with Kim and Conrad. A smooth show looks likely until Rosie, fed up with Albert and show business in general, sabotages the plan with help from Hugo, and takes a walk off the proverbial deep end. Mae Peterson, Albert's overbearing mother, couldn't be more happy to see the "Spanish tamale" go south, but Albert is desperate to win her back. The story crescendos to uproarious chaos as Hugo wallows over Kim, Mae attempts to collar Albert, Albert begs Rosie's forgiveness, Conrad prowls for a last fling, and Mr.. and Mrs. MacAfee insure Kim is not that fling. All everyone wants is an ending that is just peachy ... er, rosie.
Theatre and Performance Studies
La Salle University, "Bye Bye Birdie" (1999). The Masque Programs. 17.