Where are all the Latina Actresses!?!

Roundabout Theatre Company just announced that they will be producing the first Broadway revival of Bye Bye Birdie starring John Stamos, Jayne Houdyshell, Bill Irwin, and Gina Gershon as Rosie Alvarez.

Yup, you read that right…Gershon as Alvarez.

Daddycatcher is aware that of the many major interpretations, originator Chita Rivera (pictured below with original co-star Dick Van Dyke), was the only Latina actress.  In fact, because Rivera was of Latin heritage, the original character’s last name was changed from “Grant” to “Alvarez.”

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That being said, Gershon in no way comes off as being a Latina.

Aren’t there any working Latina actresses that could have done the show?

Hmmm, let Daddycatcher think: Andréa Burns, Janet Dacal, Natascia Diaz, Bianca Marroquin, or even Ana Ortiz from Ugly Betty.

Alas!

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