NEW YORK (AP) — What’s the story, morning glory? 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 centers on the character Conrad Birdie, who is reminiscent of a young Elvis Presley. It takes place in the fictional town of Sweet Apple, Ohio.
Birdie, a teen pop idol, is drafted into the Army–and his agent, Albert Peterson, tries to get as much publicity out of his farewell as possible.
Peterson was originally played by Dick Van Dyke.
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.”