Jennifer Lopez will make her live acting TV debut in the next NBC musical, “Bye Bye Birdie Live!” in 2017. Jenny from the block will executive produce and star as Rosie Alvarez. “Broadway musicals and films fueled my childhood and ‘Bye Bye Birdie’ was one of my favorites,” said Lopez in a statement. “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.”
NBC’s “Bye Bye Birdie Live!” will be based on the 1960 Tony Award-winning Broadway musical that starred Dick Van Dyke as Albert Peterson (earning Van Dyke a Tony) and Chita Rivera as Rosie (earning Rivera a Tony nomination). The book was by Michael Stewart, lyrics by Lee Adams and music by Charles Strouse.
“Bye Bye Birdie” was also a 1963 Golden Globe-nominated feature film that starred Van Dyke and Janet Leigh. Featured in the movie was Ann-Margret as Kim MacAfee, a role that would propel her to stardom.
Jennifer is no stranger to live performances, but a live musical on TV is a little different, but we are sure the triple threat will slay!
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