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''Bye Bye Birdie'' is a 1960 comedy musical inspired by the hoopla that surrounded Music/ElvisPresley's induction into the U.S. Army. The story concerns Albert Peterson, a neurotic wannabe academic who is working as an agent for rock sensation (and troublemaker) Conrad Birdie in order to pay off his debts and return to college, and the scheme he cooks up with his secretary, Rosie Alvarez, to make a killing when Conrad is drafted into the army. Since this means he'll likely be "out of action" for at least two years, which--as we all know--might as well be forever in the entertainment business, Albert needs to cash in big and cash in now.

Albert's plan is really quite simple: All he has to do is write a hit song called "One Last Kiss" for Conrad to record, announce that Conrad is going to perform that song for just one of his millions of hysterical [[{{Fangirl}} fangirls]], giving her that "one last kiss" in the process. Then all he has to do is keep Conrad out of trouble long enough to get him into the Army and out of his hair and the money is bound to start rolling in. [[WhatCouldPossiblyGoWrong What could possibly go wrong?]] The lucky girl turns out to be Kim [=MacAfee=], the president of the Conrad Birdie Fan Club in Sweet Apple, Ohio, who just happens to be going out with a nerdy boy named Hugo. HilarityEnsues.

''Bye Bye Birdie'' was most successfully adapted as a 1963 film starring Creator/DickVanDyke as Albert (reprising his original Broadway role), Janet Leigh as Rosie, and Ann-Margret as Kim. A TV movie version was made in 1995 with Jason Alexander as Albert, Vanessa Williams as Rosie, and Chynna Phillips as Kim.
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!!This musical contains examples of:
* AdaptationExpansion: The TV movie adds in a few songs, including Mama's awesome JewishMother-esque lament.
* AffectionateParody: The whole musical takes jabs at the U.S. music industry and teen sensations.
* AsHimself: [[Series/TheEdSullivanShow Ed Sullivan]] in the film.
* TheAllAmericanBoy: The number "A Healthy, Normal American Boy" describes Conrad Birdie as this in a series of BlatantLies.
* BetaCouple: Hugo and Kim. So beta that they aren't in (or even mentioned) in the sequel, ''Bring Back Birdie''.
* BlatantLies:
** It depends on which production does it (as some might actually have Hugo saying the following in perfect clarity, just rage), but we get Hugo walking on the stage, having just tried to get into a bar. The adults ask him what he just drank. "...Milk."
** Pretty much every word spoken in "A Healthy, Normal American Boy".
* BookEnds: The movie begins with Kim singing the title song, lamenting how dull her life will become without Conrad Birdie. At the end, she sings a rewritten version, proclaiming that she's ready to get over Birdie.
* BrotherhoodOfFunnyHats: the Shriners.
* CaptainErsatz: Conrad to Elvis Presley.
* CutesyNameTown: Sweet Apple. It's even lampshaded by Rosie when she picks Kim's name out of the Birdie fan file.
* DisneyAcidSequence: The movie repurposed "Put on a Happy Face" from Albert comforting one of Birdie's fangirls to Albert entertaining Rosie. While he sings this version, he draws smiling faces in the air, and creates a duplicate Rosie to dance with.
* FanGirl: Conrad has a million-strong army of them who [[BrownNote scream bloody murder and/or faint whenever his name is spoken]], pledge allegiance to Conrad Birdie, and incessantly sing the biggest EarWorm of the show.
* FatGirl: The main comedic point of one-off character Gloria Rasputin in some productions.
* TheFifties: Written in 1960, which was still in the cultural decade of the 50's. So, it's more of affectionate parody of teen superstars and the music industry at this point.
* GreenEyedMonster: Hugo isn't exactly pleased at the idea of a superstar taking his girlfriend's [[SacredFirstKiss first kiss]].
* GroupieBrigade
* HypocriticalHumor: Kim's father strongly disapproves of his daughter fawning over a celebrity. When his family gets to be on the Ed Sullivan show, he sings a song revering Ed that resembles a choral hymn.
* IAmSong: "How Lovely to Be a Woman"
* IWantSong: "An English Teacher" and Rosie's reprise of "One Boy".
* IncessantChorus: ''We love you Conrad, oh yes we do, we love you Conrad, and we'll be true..''
* IronicEcho: In the film, when Kim sings the title song at the beginning, she's an image of the typical teenage fangirl. At the end, when she sings the reprise, she's a wiser, more mature woman.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Conrad, though his heart of gold doesn't surface at all until the final scene.
* LogoJoke: In the Creator/ColumbiaPictures movie, some animated red flames jump out of the lady's torch and form the title.
* MidwordRhyme: "Put On a Happy Face"
-->Wipe off that gloomy mask of tragedy
-->It's not your style
-->You'll look so good that you'll be glad ya de-
-->cided to smile
* MissingTrailerScene: The trailer for the movie shows Ann-Margret singing the title song against a background made up of newspapers announcing Birdie's drafting. Since the director did not have enough money to perfect this effect, the movie was ultimately released with the blue screen behind Ann-Margret still visible in blue.
* MovieBonusSong: The title song. The TV movie adds "A Mother Doesn't Matter Anymore" and "A Giant Step", amongst others.
* MyBelovedSmother: Albert's mother. Hoo, boy.
* {{Nerd}}: Harvey Johnson
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Conrad Birdie is defitiely ''not'' Music/ElvisPresley. [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial No siree]].
* NoodleIncident:
-->'''Kim's Father''': I never told you this, but one summer I worked with the circus... all those midgets... WILD!
* OddNameOut: Hugo's friends are named Tommy, Eddie, Freddie, and Karl.
* OnlySaneMan: Albert has to not only write Conrad's songs, but he's also in charge of Conrad's publicity--and Conrad. Rosie could also be considered to be an OnlySaneEmployee because not only does she do pretty much everything Albert does, but she also has to take care of and put up with Albert and his mother.
* PlayingGertrude: In the film Albert's mother is played by Maureen Stapleton, who was only a few months older than Dick Van Dyke.
* PoliticallyCorrectHistory: The 1995 made-for-tv remake showed Asian and Black teens not only hanging with the White teens - they all appeared to live in the same neighborhood! (In real life, they would have been segregated.)
* RippedFromTheHeadlines: The play was inspired by the hysteria that accompanied ElvisPresley's induction into the U.S. Army. Screaming fangirls and all.
* SecondaryCharacterTitle
* SidekickSong: Though it's not in the same vein as songs like "Under the Sea", "Kids" gives the parents in the show a chance to say what they think about postwar teen culture.
* ToTheTuneOf: Harvey's refrain from "The Telephone Hour" (''"Hello, Mister Henkel/This is [[AbhorrentAdmirer Harvey Johnson]]/[[VocalEvolution CAN I TALK]] to Penelope Ann?"'') has a similar melody to Robert Schumann's ''Arabeske in C major, Op. 18'' (compare them at 1:28 [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7sPU3ymk2ms here]] and at 0:53 [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BO-p8YKfSD4 here]]).
* UrExample: When the musical was first performed, having teenage protagonists--even as secondary to the adult leads--was quite novel.
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