As long as screenwriter Harvey Fierstein doesn’t steer the ship too far from shore, ‘Bye Bye Birdie Live!’ is going to be filled with over-the-top characters. One such character is that of Harry MacKafee.
Jennifer Lopez, Neil Meron, and Craig Zadan and Directors Jerry Mitchell and Alex Rudzinski could play it safe and go with a Broadway pro like Nathan Lane. On the flip side, they could get pretty wacky with casting and still make it memorable. One such personality that could give the Harry MacKafee role an over-the-top injection of adrenalin is Terry Bradshaw.
Bradshaw is known by millions for his NFL player heroics and affable and humorous broadcasting style. But he has turned up in a very comical father character in ‘Failure to Launch’ – in which Matthew McConaughey plays his son. He also has numerous television credits on hit shows.
While it is yet to be known if Bradshaw is a passable singer, he certainly would make up for it with enthusiasm. Plus, it would draw in a whole different demographic (that being football fans).