‘Birdie’ glides into familiar territory

Dan Mac Alpine

“Bye Bye Birdie,” will be a welcome return to the standard American musical for much of the North Shore Music Theatre audience — as the spontaneous and enthusiastic standing ovation the show received attests.

After the biting, if hilarious, satire of “The Producers” and an edgy, dance-art turn in “Contact,” “Birdie” puts the audience back on much more familiar territory. No unfinished rhymes that point to a street term for fornication, as was the case in “The Producers.” No one has to think terribly hard about what the whole thing means, as was the case for many at “Contact” intermission.