The hurdle of casting supporting roles in NBC’s ‘Bye Bye Birdie Live!’ starring Jennifer Lopez is an interesting one. You’d think executive producers JLo, Neil Meron, and Craig Zadan would want a mixture of star power and fresh innocence.
In the role of Kim MacKafee’s father, Harry MacKafee, there are numerous directions the production team could go. Add to that list veteran character actor Jim Belushi.
Belushi got his start in television on Saturday Night Live (SNL), much like his late brother John Belushi.
Belushi went on to a storied film and a successful venture into television sitcoms. He also holds several Broadway credits including a stint as the Pirate King in ‘Pirates of Penzance.’
As a singer, Belushi has appeared alongside Dan Aykroyd as the Blues Brothers opening for such bands as The Rolling Stones.
One would assume that Belushi would bring his signature bombastic style to the role of Mr. MacKafee, which could be just what the production needs.