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J. Lo Will Star In Live Production of Bye Bye Birdie

J. Lo Will Star In Live Production of Bye Bye Birdie

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Jennifer Lopez will play the lead character Rosie in NBC's Bye Bye Birdie.

Jennifer Lopez will star in next year's NBC production of Bye Bye Birdie.

In addition to her role as lead character Rosie, she is also set to executive produce the project.

"Broadway musicals and films fueled my childhood and Bye Bye Birdie was one of my favorites," Lopez said in a statement to People Magazine. "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."

Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, who helped to bring us previous productions like The Wiz and Peter Pan will also be joining the team.

The musical, set in Ohio, circles around an Elvis-like character who chooses one lucky fan to kiss goodbye before he leaves for the army.

NBC chairman Robert Greenblatt has been the force behind many of NBC's latest musical adaptations.

"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," he said to People.

This year though, NBC takes on Hairspray Live!, which airs December 7 and will feature vocal powerhouses like Jennifer Hudson, Ariana Grande, Kristin Chenoweth and many more.

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