BB&T Broadway at the RiverPark

There are just two shows remaining in the 2008-09 BB&T Broadway at the RiverPark Series. “Bye Bye Birdie” is at 7 p.m. April 14, and “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” is April 25.

“Bye Bye Birdie” is a family-friendly story about  singer Conrad Birdie, who is drafted. His manager’s secretary comes up with a scheme to make some money off him before he enlists. Birdie is going to give one lucky girl one last kiss – and sing “One Last Kiss” on “The Ed Sullivan Show” – before joining the Army, Jonathan VanDyke, who plays the singer’s manager, Albert Peterson, in the national tour of “Bye, Bye Birdie,” told the Messenger-Inquirer last week.

“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” has a tame name, but is intended for mature audiences. The show, which is about six young people learning about winning and losing, was described by the Wall Street Journal as “perfect in every possible way – that rarity of rarities, a super-smart musical that is also a bona fide crowd pleaser.” For more on the show, visit its official Web site.

For more information, contact the RiverPark Center box office at 687-ARTS or visit its Web site.


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