Trivia / Bye Bye Birdie

  • Creator Backlash: Dick Van Dyke doesn't think highly of the movie version, because of the script becoming dramatically Retooled to make Ann-Margret the indisputable star.
  • Cut Song: Five songs and two dance sequences from the play didn't make it into the movie, because of the script's retool.
  • Dawson Casting: Many versions cast actresses in their 20s as Kim.
  • Fake Nationality: Neither the 1963 movie nor the 1995 TV special feature an actual Hispanic actress as Rosie, instead respectively featuring Janet Leighnote  and Vanessa Williams in the role.
  • Production Posse: NBC's production re-reunites producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron with teleplay author Harvey Fierstein, all three of whom previously adapted The Wiz and Hairspray for the network.
  • Release Date Change: NBC pushed back the premiere of their live version from December 2017, to December 2018, due to scheduling conflicts with Jennifer Lopez's other shows and performances.
  • Throw It In!: According to Charles Strouse's autobiography, Paul Lynde ad-libbed "Ed, I love you!" during rehearsals of "Hymn For a Sunday Evening," and it made the creative team laugh so much that they put it in the show.
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