Say hello to Jennifer Lopez in NBC’s forthcoming Bye Bye Birdie.
NBC says the actress-singer will headline its 2017 live holiday musical. She will play Rosie, the role originated on Broadway in 1960 by Chita Rivera.
Tony Award-winning Harvey Fierstein will write the script.
Bye Bye Birdie Live! airs a year from now as the next in NBC’s annual live-musical tradition. Hairspray Live!, starring newcomer Maddie Baillio, is set to air on Dec. 7.
Birdie is an homage to circa-1950s rock ‘n’ roll mania and centres on the character Conrad Birdie, who is reminiscent of a young Elvis Presley.
The original stage musical, which featured Dick Van Dyke and Chita Rivera, was a massive success. A Tony-winner, it sparked a 1963 film, which included Van Dyke, Maureen Stapleton, Janet Leigh, Jesse Pearson and Ann-Margret in its cast.
ABC aired a 1995 TV-movie version starring Jason Alexander and Vanessa Williams.
Lopez stars in NBC’s cop drama Shades of Blue and will judge its upcoming competition series, World of Dance.
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