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‘Bye Bye Birdie Live’ with Jennifer Lopez to Air on NBC

This is the Fourth in the Series Following 'The Sound of Music,' 'Peter Pan' and 'The Whiz'

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NBC’s next live musical production will be “Bye Bye Birdie” with Jennifer Lopez, who will executive produce with Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas, Benny Medina, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. Her company Nuyorican Productions will produce with Universal Television. Harvey Fierstein will write the television adaptation, with the special slated to air in December, 2017.

Lopez, who stars in NBC’s “Shades of Blue,” will play the part of Rosie in the NBC version. No other casting has yet been announced. The role was originated by Chita Rivera in the show’s first run on Broadway, and has also been played by Janet Leigh and Vanessa Williams in the two film versions of the musical.

“Bye Bye Birdie” was inspired by Elvis Presley, and tells the tale of a pop star, his manager Albert, and Albert’s girlfriend Rosie as they plan a contest to find the girl who gets to kiss the pop star before he ships off to the army. Dick Van Dyke originated the role of Albert in both the first Broadway run and the 1963 movie.

“Bye, Bye Birdie” will be the fourth live musical in NBC’s ongoing roster of December events following versions of “The Sound of Music,” “Pen Pan” and “The Whiz.”

Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of the “Mr. Television” for Campaign US (www.campaignlive.com). Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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