When it comes to pre-production on NBC’s upcoming ‘Bye Bye Birdie Live!’, in the casting department the role of Conrad Birdie is quickly becoming a large and varied race.
Nick Jonas has expressed interest in playing Birdie, and Executive Producer Jennifer Lopez has reciprocated by saying that she would be interested in the pairing too. However, rumors run rampant in Hollywood without ever coming to fruition. So until Executive Producers JLo, Neil Meron, Craig Zadan, and directors Jerry Mitchell and Alex Rudzinski reach an agreement with Jonas, the casting wheels will continue to churn.
One actor who should definitely be in the mix is Chris Carmack. Most recognized for his role on ‘Nashville’, Carmack is young, handsome, can carry a tune, play guitar, and is an instantly recognizable TV star.
One of the strikes fans against frontrunner Jonas is that he is only 5’7’’- perhaps too small opposite JLo’s 5’6” stature as Rosie. Carmack, on the other hand, stands a respectable 5’11”. Sometimes size does matter.
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