Full Cast Announced For 'Bye Bye Birdie' At The Kennedy Center

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts announces the full cast for the highly anticipated Broadway Center Stage production of Bye Bye Birdie. As previously announced, Bye Bye Birdie will star two-time Tony Award® winner Christian Borle (Some Like It HotSomething Rotten!) as Albert Peterson, Krysta Rodriguez (Into the WoodsSpring Awakening) as Rosie Alvarez, and Tony Award® nominee Ephraim Sykes (Ain’t Too Proud, NBC’s Hairspray Live!) as Conrad Birdie. They will be joined by SAG Award winner Caroline Aaron (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel) as Mae Peterson, Ashlyn Maddox (Parade) as Kim MacAfee, Tony Award® nominee Richard Kind (The Big KnifeThe Producers) as Harry MacAfee, and Tony Award® nominee Jennifer Laura Thompson (Dear Evan HansenNice Work If You Can Get It) as Doris MacAfee.

The cast will also include Allison BlackwellSarah ChiuDavid Aron DamaneJackera Davis as Ursula Merkle, Victor de Paula RochaMiguel Gil as Hugo Peabody, Jalen Michael JonesEvan KinnaneHenry Kirk as Randolph MacAfee, Kevin LigonKelly LoMonteLuke Kolbe MannikusLinda MuglestonMegan Sikora as Gloria Rasputin, Maria Cristina Posada SlyeRenell Taylor, and Dori Waymer.

This new production, dedicated to the memory of original Bye Bye Birdie star and 2002 Kennedy Center Honoree Chita Rivera, will be directed by Marc Bruni (Beautiful; the Kennedy Center’s Guys and Dolls, The Music Man, and How to Succeed…), with choreography by Denis Jones (Tootsie, the Kennedy Center’s Guys and Dolls) and music direction by John Bell (SpamalotInto the Woods).

In this ebullient winner of four Tony Awards®, teen idol Conrad Birdie is drafted into the Army, but before he leaves, he’ll perform a new song on The Ed Sullivan Show and give one last kiss to a lucky fan. Bye Bye Birdie features a hilarious script by Tony Award® winner Michael Stewart (Hello, Dolly!) and a score with more pop than a pack of bubble gum by Tony Award®–winning composer Charles Strouse (Annie) and Tony Award®–winning lyricist Lee Adams (Applause).

Bye Bye Birdie will have scenic design by Lee Savage, lighting design by Cory Pattak, costume design by Linda Cho, sound design by Haley Parcher, video and projection design by Nathan Scheuer, and wig design by Tom WatsonGeoff Josselson is the casting director. The production will also feature the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra.