One of the most overlooked roles in ‘Bye Bye Birdie’ is that of Ed Sullivan.
There have been shows with Ed Sullivan’s voice coming from off-stage and those wherein an actor portrays Sullivan on-stage.
For NBC’s upcoming ‘Bye Bye Birdie Live!’ executive producers Jennifer Lopez, Craig Zadan, and Neil Meron may want to give thought to securing Oliver Platt for the role of Sullivan.
Not only does Platt have the jowls and hairline to give a more than credible performance as Sullivan, as the star of ‘Chicago Med’ he is already under contract with NBC.
Platt has been nominated for a Golden Globe Award, a Tony Award, as well as multiple Emmy and Screen Actors Guild Awards. He has also appeared on Broadway in ‘Shining City’ and “Guys and Dolls.’