We are so ready for this!
On Thursday, NBC chairman Bob Greenblatt revealed which musical the network would be tackling in 2017 for their annual holiday live event. And it appears as though Greenblatt and crew have decided to dust off an old Broadway classic as they've chosen Bye Bye Birdie as their next telecasted production!
Yas, yas, YASSSS! Right when we didn't think this news could get any better, Bob added that Jennifer Lopez is heading the cast list as she's been tapped to play the character Rose "Rosie" Alvarez. In case you forgot, this particular role was originated by Chita Rivera on Broadway.
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And if anyone has any doubts about NBC casting J.Lo, the industry executive defended:
"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. 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."
Hear! Hear! Miz Lopez seems to be equally excited about the role as she added in 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."
Greenblatt also confirmed during a Paley Center panel interview that Harvey Fierstein, who's currently starring in Hairspray! and adapted the book for the TV broadcast, will re-work Michael Stewart's original book of the hit musical for NBC. Smart move!
Nonetheless, we're going to have to wait patiently for Bye Bye Birdie to hit the small screen as Hairspray! is next on deck!
Be sure to tune into NBC on December 7 at 8 p.m. EST to catch the live production while we wait for Bridie!
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