NBC has announced that Harvey Fierstein will write the teleplay for its upcoming production of ‘Bye Bye Birdie Live’ starring Jennifer Lopez.
Fierstein also wrote the teleplay adaptation of the upcoming ‘Hairspray Live’ in which he also stars as Edna Turnblad. He previously won a Tony for the role on Broadway.
The gravel-voiced actor is best known for the play and film ‘Torch Song Trilogy’, which he wrote and starred in both Off-Broadway and on Broadway. The 1982 Broadway production won him two Tony Awards, for Best Play and Best Actor in a Play, two Drama Desk Awards, for Outstanding New Play and Outstanding Actor in a Play, and the Theatre World Award, and the film adaptation earned him an Independent Spirit Award nomination as Best Male Lead.
Fierstein also wrote the book for the musical ‘La Cage aux Folles’, for which he won the Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical, and wrote the book for the Tony Award-winning ‘Kinky Boots’. He was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame in 2007.
Most recently Fierstein wrote the teleplay for ‘The Wiz Live!’ NBC TV broadcast on December 3, 2015, featuring Stephanie Mills, as Aunt Em, Queen Latifah as The Wiz and David Alan Grier as the Lion. The teleplay is an adaptation of the ‘The Wiz’ Broadway production which ran from October 1974 until January 1979.[