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Academy Premiering Digital Restoration of Bye Bye Birdie; Ann-Margret and Bobby Rydell to Attend

by Anne Thompson
April 6, 2011 7:42 AM
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"I hate you Conrad, I really do," goes one of the many great songs in Bye Bye Birdie which stars singer-dancers Ann-Margret and Dick Van Dyke at their absolute best. The Motion Picture Academy is premiering a new digital restoration of the 1963 musical comedy classic on April 27 at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Critic Stephen Farber will host the presentation, followed by an onstage discussion with stars Ann-Margret and Bobby Rydell. The film, which was an adaptation of the Broadway musical, was directed by George Sidney and was nominated for both Music and Sound Oscars. Jesse Pearson, Janet Leigh, Paul Lynde and Mary LaRoche also starred.

Below, check out the Bye Bye Birdie clip that was featured in Mad Men's "Patio Cola" episode (Season 3, Ep. 2). Tickets are already sold out, but a standby line will form on the day of the event, and standby numbers will be assigned starting at approximately 5:30 p.m. More info is available here.

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