JLo will star in and executive produce NBC’s fifth consecutive live musical Bye Bye Birdie Live!
There’s no end in sight for the straight-to-television musicals engulfing popular culture. Following adaptations of The Sound of Music, Peter Pan, The Wiz, and Hairspray, which hasn’t even aired yet, is Bye Bye Birdie.
NBC Entertainment Chairman Bob Greenblatt said it was actually JLo’s idea, which makes sense considering she performs a Birdie number in her All I Have Vegas show. “She came to us and said, ‘I love the show..I love this movie’,” Greenblatt said.
“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 continued. “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.”
It will reportedly air next December.