Put On A Happy Face

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Dick Van Dyke and the eloquent Sharon Lerit from the Broadway stage production of Bye Bye Birdie dance up a storm.

Van Dyke learned years later that the producers had wanted to fire him out of town, but Gower Champion had fought hard to keep him. Van Dyke and the show made it to New York and hit it big.

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Hymn For A Sunday Evening

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Department of Self-Referential Videos Department.

The original Broadway cast of Bye Bye Birdie—including the fabulous Paul Lynde— singing the Ed Sullivan song—on The Ed Sullivan Show.

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Siren’s Send-Off

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Monday morning, a 10-year-old boy wakes up with visions of Ann-Margaret in his dreams, the sexiest redhead of the sixties.

The clip is from the opening and closing sequences of the movie Bye Bye Birdie, filmed six months after production had wrapped, and paid for from director George Sidney’s own pocket.  Dig the minimalist set design. Charles Strouse and Lee Adams wrote the song especially for the film version—it wasn’t in the original stage production.

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