NBC has set “Bye Bye Birdie” as its Holiday 2017 live musical and set Jennifer Lopez to star in it. NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt made the announcement Thursday night during a Paley Center panel, saying: “She came to us and said, ‘I love this movie and I’d love to do it'”.
Inspired by Elvis Presley and his induction into the Army in 1957, the original 1960 Tony-winning Broadway musical is set in Ohio where music heartthrob Conrad Birdie is about to be drafted. Before that, he will give away his heart to a town where the teens are obsessed with rock and roll and the parents are shocked with moral indignation.
Lopez will star as Rosie and executive produce the Universal Television live musical alongside Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas, Benny Medina, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. Harvey Fierstein, who also wrote and will costar in the network’s upcoming Holiday 2016 live musical “Hairspray,” will pen the live TV adaptation.
Source: The Live Feed