Jennifer Lopez is set to executive produce and star in “Bye Bye Birdie,” NBC’s next musical event set for a 2017 debut.
Here’s the scoop via USA Today:
To have a superstar like Jennifer Lopez starring in this classic show, which every high school in America has done, will ensure that our holiday musicals continue to be must-see events for the whole family,” Greenblatt said in a statement. “It was her idea to take on this classic singing and dancing role made famous by the legendary Chita Rivera, and we are so happy to oblige! This show has delighted audiences for generations with classic songs that include Put on a Happy Face and A Lot of Livin’ to Do, and this will be an extravagant production built around this big star.”
Lopez also issued a statement: “Broadway musicals and films fueled my childhood and Bye Bye Birdie was one of my favorites. I’m proud to be a part of the NBC family with Shades of Blue and I thought it would be a blast to take on one of their big live musicals.”
Birdie is based on the 1960 Broadway musical that starred Dick Van Dyke as Albert Peterson and Chita Rivera as Rosie. Van Dyke won a Tony and Rivera earned a Tony nomination for their roles. Van Dyke later starred with Janet Leigh in a 1963 film adaptation that featured rising star Ann-Margret.
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