JLo fans, rejoice! The singer/actress is confirmed to star in NBC’s live televised production of Bye Bye Birdie next year as Rosie, the small-town girl whisked into a frenzied musical world by the Elvis-esque Conrad Birdie.
The live production is being adapted for TV by Harvey Fierstein, who wrote and is set to star in NBC’s upcoming Hairspray Live! (as Edna Turnblad, a role he originated on Broadway and won a Tony for.)
Lopez takes on the role made iconic by Chita Rivera, and says, “Broadway musicals and films fueled my childhood and ‘Bye Bye Birdie’ was one of my favorites.”
Rivera commented on Lopez’s casting to Playbill, saying, “Birdie is an amazing, joyous 50s era musical with a tremendous score and characters. It’s meant to make you feel good…couldn’t be more timely. I call it the Technicolor musical! I hope they do the ‘Shriner’s Ballet.’ Have fun, JLo. You’ll love Rosie.”
The show is set to premiere during next year’s holiday season, and comes in the wake of plans from NBC to stage a live Hairspray and a staging of A Few Good Men.
To get you even more excited, here’s JLo singing Frank Sinatra: