(LOS ANGELES) -- Jennifer Lopez will star in the upcoming musical production of Bye Bye Birdie Live!
Lopez will play Rosie in the production, the role originated on stage by Chita Rivera in 1960.
“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,” said NBC Entertainment Chairman Bob Greenblatt in Los Angeles Thursday.
Lopez -- who will also serve as executive producer -- added, “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.”
Harvey Fierstein,who wrote the teleplay for NBC’s Hairspray Live!, will do the same for Bye Bye Birdie Live!
Lopez is certainly keeping busy. She currently stars on the network’s police drama Shades of Blue, returning for its second season in 2017. She'll also executive produce and host its upcoming dance competition show World of Dance.
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