When it was announced by NBC that it is moving its production of Bye Bye Birdie Live! to 2018, the reason given was the busy schedule of star and producer Jennifer Lopez. Lopez also stars on the NBC crime drama Shades of Blue opposite Ray Liotta, and serves as a judge and producer of the dance competition series World of Dance. On top of that, she is recording a Spanish-language album and has a resident show in Las Vegas.
Bye Bye Birdie Live! has a completed script by award-winner Harvey Fiersetein, and Jerry Mitchell and Alex Rudzinski are set to co-direct. Craig Zadan ad Neil Meron are on board as producers.
Lopez’s schedule is not slowing down, bringing into question: what will be different in 2018? In other words, will JLo be any more available to star as Rosie in the musical than she is right now?
If JLo is not able to free up enough time in her schedule to rehearse and star in the live television musical, NBC might be forced to hire a replacement star.
The first person to come to mind as a beautiful Latina that can sing, dance, and act is Rosario Dawson. Dawson played Mimi in the Chris Columbus film version of Broadway’s RENT.
Other Latina actresses that could be considered include Jessica Alba, Salma Hayek , and Sofia Vergara.
The list of actors who could be in consideration to co-star as Rosie’s love interest and rock star manager Albert include John Stamos who played the role on Broadway, Tony and Emmy-winner Neil Patrick Harris, and Sean Hayes who is returning to NBC in Will & Grace’s second time around the block.
Those in possible consideration to play Elvis Presley-based rock star Conrad Birdie include Ricky Martin, Rikki Lee Travolta, and Nick Jonas.
Whether or not Bye Bye Birdie Live! continues forward with Jennifer Lopez attached to play Rosie or another Latina actress, expect to see Bye Bye Birdie Live! announcements coming soon.