Dick Van Dyke – Bye Bye Birdie – Put on a Happy Face

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Bye Bye Birdie – Put on a Happy Face

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About Bye Bye Birdie:

Bye Bye Birdie is a stage musical with a book by Michael Stewart, lyrics by Lee Adams, and music by Charles Strouse. Originally titled Let’s Go Steady, the satire on American society is set in 1958. The story was inspired by the phenomenon of popular singer Elvis Presley and his draft notice into the Army in 1957. The rock star character’s name, “Conrad Birdie,” is word play on the name of Conway Twitty. Twitty is best remembered today for his long career as a country music star, but in the late 1950s, he was one of Elvis Presley‘s rock ‘n’ roll rivals.

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The original Broadway production was a Tony Award-winning success. It spawned a London production and several major revivals, a sequel, a 1963 film and a 1995 television production. The show also became a popular choice for high school and college productions. In the play: Agent and songwriter Albert Peterson finds himself in trouble when hip-thrusting rock and roll superstar Conrad Birdie is drafted into the Army. Before they depart by train from New York City, local teenage girls are ecstatic to meet Conrad, but one young girl is sad because she thinks that by the time Conrad gets out of the army, she’ll be too old for him. Albert advises her to be optimistic (“Put on a Happy Face”). The 2009 revival placed “Kids” after “What Did I Ever See in Him?”, and “A Lot of Livin to Do” followed “Kids”. Although the reprise of “Kids” was included, it was not listed in the playbill. A finale was added, featuring the song “Bye Bye Birdie” (written expressly for the 1963 movie version of Bye Bye Birdie) sung by the entire cast.

lyrics:

Gray skies are gonna clear up,
Put on a happy face!
Brush off the clouds and cheer up,
Put on a happy face!

Take off that gloomy mask of tragedy,
It’s not your style.
You’ll look so good that you’ll be glad ya decided to smile!

Pick out a pleasant outlook,
Stick out that noble chin,
Wipe off that full-of-doubt look,
Slap on a happy grin!

And spread sunshine all over the place, just
Put on a happy face!

Put on a happy face!

Put on a happy face!

And if you’re feeling cross and bickerish
Don’t sit and whine.
Think of banana splits and licorice,
And you’ll feel fine!

I knew a girl so gloomy,
She’d never laugh or sing,
She wouldn’t listen to me,
Now she’s a mean old thing!

So spread sunshine all over the place, just
Put on a happy face!

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