Variety Staffde Variety
Strikingly important in Bye Bye Birdie is Ann-Margret. Singer, hoofer and cutie-pie, all wrapped up into one, she has the magnetism of early-vintage Judy Garland. Credit George Sidney with directing one of the better fun and frolic tune packages. The adaptation of the successful  legit musical comedy clearly called for lots of visuals, rather than just dialog and straight story-telling. Additionally, there's apparently more emphasis on the dance (interesting choreography by Onna White) - more so perhaps than in the original.