October 29, 2016 at 7:13 am #1201941734
NBC has already announced their 2017 live musical, and it will be Bye Bye Birdie, and Jennifer Lopez is signed on to play the role of Rosie. Admittedly, she will have some big shoes to fill, as the role was first played by Chita Rivera in the original Broadway production, and Janet Leigh in the film version. http://www.thewrap.com/jennifer-lopez-to-star-in-bye-bye-birdie-live-on-nbc/October 29, 2016 at 7:54 am #1201941745
This is awesome news! She could be a great Rosie. These would be my picks for the other fav characters in the show:
Kim: Sabrina Carpenter (Disney actress that could sing and already plays a sassy Kim-like character on her show)
Conrad: Mitchell Hope (Another Disney kid that deserves to break out)
Albert: Neil Patrick Harris
Mr. Macafee: Stephen Colbert (who better to step into the role that Paul Lynde owned with his unique sense of humor than him)
Mrs. MacAfee: Kristin Chenoweth
Mae Peterson: Stockard ChanningOctober 29, 2016 at 8:05 am #1201941752
Neil Patrick Harris would be a fine choice for Albert.October 29, 2016 at 8:16 am #1201941753
I also forgot to mention that like The Wiz Live! from last year and Hairspray Live! this year, Harvey Fierstein will once again adapt the show’s book for TV.October 29, 2016 at 4:41 pm #1201941861
Stockard Channing would make an excellent Mae Peterson!October 29, 2016 at 6:54 pm #1201941935
Here’s my thoughts on the news…
http://karereviews.weebly.com/bye-bye-birdie-set-as-next-live-nbc-musical.htmlOctober 31, 2016 at 2:17 pm #1201942656
I haven’t had much experience with this show. I’ve never seen a stage production nor have I ever listened to the original cast recording. I remember watching bits of the movie in my 5th grade music class, but that was 16 years ago.January 18, 2017 at 4:55 pm #1201990380
Jennifer Lopez talks about plans for Bye Bye Birdie…
http://ew.com/tv/2017/01/18/bye-bye-birdie-jennifer-lopez-push-envelope-live-musical/January 18, 2017 at 7:03 pm #1201990472
Jennifer Lopez has really been throwing caution to the wind vocally. And i love it.
Unlike others, she has been giving very SOLID love vocals for several years now.
It’s like she finally realized “my voice might not be amazing BUT it’s good”!
I love freakin musical takes balls!
I wish Kelly Clarkson would do one of these!February 6, 2017 at 3:20 pm #1202004390
Marc Kudisch, who played Conrad Birdie in a 1991-92 national tour starring Tommy Tune and Ann Reinking and in the 1995 TV movie starring Jason Alexander and Vanessa Williams actually gives a very interesting idea for the live NBC production…
@18:50 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kWeiPachASUMarch 4, 2017 at 8:08 am #1202029172
Jerry Mitchell will be directing and choreographing with Alex Rudzinski offering live television direction.
http://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Jerry-Mitchell-Alex-Rudzinski-to-Direct-NBCs-BYE-BYE-BIRDIE-LIVE-20170303March 12, 2017 at 5:29 pm #1202035389
Jennifer Lopez said recently that Nick Jonas is one of her top picks to play Conrad Birdie. Whether that actually happens remains to be seen.March 30, 2017 at 7:00 am #1202050573
Harvey Fierstein just revealed some updates he made to the plot…