The Rep presents Bye Bye Birdie in August


The Rep co-artistic directors Diana Evans Pulliam (left), Robyn Peterman-Zahn (right) and executive producer Steve Zahn (center). © Herald-Leader photo by Matt Goins.

The Rep musical theater, which made its debut in December with the original show Smackdown for the Christmas Crown at the Lyric Theatre, has announced its second production: Bye Bye Birdie Aug. 3-5 at the Lexington Opera House.

The show has special significance to co-artistic director Robyn Peterman-Zahn and executive producer Steve Zahn, who met on a national tour of Bye Bye Birdie in the early 1990s and married in 1994. The musical is based on the time when Elvis Presley received his draft notice into the Army in 1957.

The Rep was formed after the dissolution of Paragon Music Theatre, following the departure of music and executive director Ryan Shirar to accept a prestigious scholarship at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Paragon stage director Peterman-Zahn and choreographer Diana Evans Pulliam formed the core of the company with Zahn, a versatile film actor, coming on board. Pulliam is co-artistic director of The Rep.

Paragon’s most successful show was a summer 2010 production of The Sound of Music at the Opera House, so The Rep directors were excited to get back there for a summer musical. Auditions are at 8 p.m. March 19-21 at Diana Evans School of Dance.


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