In the early days of Elvis Presley's stardom, well before he was "the King," singer Conway Twitty presented a rock & roll rival to the throne. Time saw Twitty delve into country music, but in 1957, when Presley was drafted by the U.S. Army, the careers of both men were uncertain. In 1960 Bye Bye Birdie debuted on Broadway, unfurling the story of fictional rock star Conrad Birdie, a singer whose recent army draft lands him on one last promotional stint before shipping off. Delight in the musical’s namesake song and its other beloved ballads and torch songs at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 26, when the Alton Little Theater (2450 North Henry Street, Alton, Illinois) premieres its youth musical summer fundraiser production, Bye Bye Birdie. The show runs Thursday through Sunday until August 5. Ticket prices range from $8 to $15. For more information, call 618-462-6562 or visit
Thursdays-Sundays. Starts: July 26. Continues through Aug. 5, 2012

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