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post in: Songs, Films, Beauty Date:18 Nov 2012, 18:37 views:1492
NBC has set its next live musical Bye Bye Birdie, with. Jennifer Lopez on board to star.
Lopez will executive produce with Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas, Benny Medina, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, and 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.
NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt announced the adaptation of the musical by Michael Stewart, Lee Adams, and Charles Strouse Thursday at the Paley Center for Media. The original Broadway production of Bye Bye Birdie won the Tony Award in 1961 for best musical. It starred Dick Van Dyke, who also won a Tony for best actor in a musical, as Albert bebe Peterson, the manager of rock star Conrad Birdie, and Chita Rivera as Rosie Alvarez, Alberts girlfriend and secretary.
When Birdie is drafted into the Army, Albert and Rosie concoct a plan to have Birdie give one last kiss to a small-town high school girl live on The Ed Sullivan Show before heading off for induction. The show was adapted into a 1963 feature film starring Van Dyke and Janet Leigh. A short-lived 2010 Broadway revival starred John Stamos and Gina Gershon.
Lopez, who stars in NBCs Shades of Blue, will play the part of Rosie in the NBC version. No other lopez casting has yet been announced. Under Greenblatt, NBC has made a tradition of airing live musicals in December, where the network believes the holiday time is a fertile ground for family-friendly co-viewing.
The first, Sound of Music Live! Starring Carrie Underwood, aired in 2013 and was watched.6 million viewers. That effort was followed by Peter Pan Live!
Starring Allison Williams and Christopher Walken, and The Wiz Live! Starring Queen Latifah and Shanice Williams. Zadan and Meron have served as exec producers on all the NBC live musicals.
Fierstein wrote the television adaptation for The Wiz Live! And the adaptation for NBCs upcoming Hairspray Live! Which will air Dec.