The latina pop icon and former American Idol judge, Jennifer Lopez will be starring in NBC’s Bye Bye Birdy Live. She will be playing the role of Rosie.
Bye Bye Birdie is a produciton telling the story of Conrad Birdie, a pop singer in 1950s, as he prepares to join the army to fulfill his military duty. Rosie, the girlfriend of Birdie’s manager, has an idea she would like to bring to life before he leaves for the army. She plans to hold a contest where one fan can have a kiss from Birdie.
This is not the first time the musical is adapted, it was adapted into a movie in 1963. That movie starred Janet Leigh as Rosie, Dick Van Dyke as Albert (Birdie’s manager) and Anne-Margret as the winner of the contest.
Bye Bye Birdie Live! is expected to air during the holiday season of 2017. NBC will air Hairspray Live ! this year on December 7 and it will star Jennifer Hudson, Dere Hough and Ariana Grande.
This will be the third collaboration between JLo and NBC. She stars in Shades of Blue, which will return with its second season during the midseason and she will also judge for the upcoming dance competition World of Dance.