Picks and Pans Review: Bye Bye Birdie

updated 12/04/1995 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/04/1995 AT 01:00 AM EST

ABC (Sun., Dec. 3, 8 p.m. ET)

B-

This mock-rock musical, a remake of the popular Broadway show and 1963 film, follows teen singing idol Conrad Birdie (Marc Kudisch) as he travels to Sweet Apple, Ohio, just before being inducted into the Army. The game cast—Jason Alexander, Tyne Daly, Vanessa Williams and George Wendt—can't disguise the fact that the show hasn't aged well. The humor is feeble, and the Tin Pan Alley tunes sound exceedingly dated. But the biggest weakness is pop singer Chynna Phillips. Now, this is a woman with stage absence.

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