For one night, the University Center for the Arts will be home to the Broadway hit â€œBye Bye Birdie,â€ a musical narrative of Elvis Presleyâ€™s induction into the Army.
CSUâ€™s Music Department, in collaboration with Opera Fort Collins, will present a concert version of the musical on Friday at 7:30 p.m. in the Griffin Concert Hall. Tickets are $5.
In 1958, when Presley was put on service, the Army received fan mail asking for his life to be spared, and when this was denied his agent kept his music on-air to satisfy Elvisâ€™s audience.
The play, however, does not feature the King of rock â€˜nâ€™ roll. â€œBye Bye Birdieâ€ tells Elvisâ€™s story through a young rock star who, after receiving notice of draft, pulls a publicity stunt at his farewell concert.
The play is based off a book, deemed â€œa satire on American society in 1958,â€ according to a press release.