Hot on the tail of NBC breaking the news that superstar, triple threat Jennifer Lopez will be staring in and producing a live televised production of ‘Bye Bye Birdie’, TheaterMania.com has published its dream cast to accompany JLo on this musical theater journey.
Compiled by Bethany Rickwald, David Gordon, and Hayley Levitt, the list breaks down their dream picks for various roles that have not yet been cast.
In the role of Kim MacAfee, played on film by Ann-Margret, TheaterMania.com offers up the suggestion of Sabrina Carpenter. This is not too shabby of a suggestion. As TheaterMania.com points out – she has the vocal chops and adorable looks.
In the role of Conrad Birdie, TheaterMania.com recommends heartthrob Zac Efron. Sorry, just not buying it. Besides, Efron has been making very calculated moves to not get type cast as teen heartthrob. Playing this role would catapult him back into teen heartthrob hell he was lucky to fight his way out of one time already.
Dick Van Dyke won a Tony award for his original Broadway portray of music manager Albert Peterson. In the TheaterMania dream cast the role goes to Zachary Levi. Levi recently starred in the lead role of the 2016 Broadway revival of ‘She Loves Me’. He received a Tony nomination for his work. Not sure he can get out of the shadow of JLo, but an interesting choice.
Harry MacAfee, father of All American Girl Kim, has the prime directive to be a grumpy as possible. To fulfill the role opposite JLo TheaterMania offers the unconventional suggestion of Stephen Colbert. While Colbert can definitely play cranky, how his public would accept him in an acting role remains to be seen.
And, in its final casting wish, for the role of Albert’s mother Mae Peterson TheaterMania kick’s the figurative extra-point by putting comic legend Carol Burnett on the ballot. Burnett would be perfect to bring new breath into a sometimes dreary character.
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