Casting for NBC’s ‘Bye Bye Birdie Live!’ is sure to draw interest from stage, television, and film stars of various levels of fame.
In Jennifer Lopez, who will play Rosie and produce, executive producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan have a bonafide star to build the cast around. Expect new talent and established stars alike to be drawn to the family-friendly musical production.
For the role of Kim MacAfee – JLo and her production partners require someone youthful enough to pass as a teenager, but experienced enough to be able to add to the ensemble.
One casting idea for the role of Kim is Hayden Panettiere. After a career as a child actor, she rose to fame in the sci-fi series ‘Heroes’. She became well respected as a vocalist for her starring role on television’s ‘Nashville.’
Panettiere has the youthful appearance to pull off the teen role of Kim and her voice is beautiful, as proven with the singles released from her work on ‘Nashville’ and other film and television vehicles.
Further, she is well liked by audiences around the world as proven with nominations for People’s Choice Awards, Teen Choice Awards, Critics Choice Television Awards, and Golden Globe Awards.