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-Margaret 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.