Jen­nifer Lopez set for NBC’s ‘Bye Bye Birdie Live!’ in 2017

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Say hello to Jen­nifer Lopez in NBC’s forth­com­ing “Bye Bye Birdie.” NBC says the ac­tress-singer will head­line its 2017 live hol­i­day mu­si­cal. She will play Rosie, the role orig­i­nated on Broad­way in 1960 by Chita Rivera.

Tony Award-win­ning Har­vey Fier­stein will write the script.

“Bye Bye Birdie Live!” airs a year from now as the next in NBC’s an­nual live-mu­si­cal tra­di­tion. “Hair­spray Live!,” star­ring new­comer Mad­die Bail­lio, is set to air Dec. 7.

“Birdie” is an homage to circa-1950s rock ‘n’ roll ma­nia and cen­ters on the char­ac­ter Con­rad Birdie, who is rem­i­nis­cent of a young Elvis Pres­ley.

ABC aired a 1995 TV-movie ver­sion star­ring Ja­son Alexan­der and Vanessa Wil­liams.

Lopez stars in NBC’s cop drama “Shades of Blue” and will judge its up­com­ing com­pe­ti­tion se­ries, “World of Dance.”’

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