Jennifer Lopez to star in NBC’s live musical ‘Bye Bye Birdie’
Editorial Director Jess Cagle at the Paley Center for Media in Los Angeles Thursday, NBC Chairman Robert Greenblatt revealed his network’s next live musical will be’ Bye Bye Birdie Live!’ starring Jennifer Lopez.
“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 — who has been the driving force behind NBC’s signature live productions — says in a statement released to People magazine.
Lopez said 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.”
“Bye Bye Birdie Live!” will air in 2017, following NBC’s schedule of doing one live musical per year. It will follow “Hairspray Live!,” starring newcomer Maddie Baillio, which is set to air on Dec. 7.