Wednesday, December 1, 2010
so long, birdie
Originally titled Let's Go Steady, 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 before that, in the late 1950s, he was one of Presley's rock 'n' roll rivals.
elvis lives! not so the wholesome slice of life offered by the musical 'bye bye birdie.' we ought to watch it for the telephones alone. ann-margret was amazing, as always, and it is nice to know that janet leigh's career is way more than a footnote to 'psycho.'
tons of fun.
photo: jon stanley austin