During the December 7 broadcast of Hairspray Live!, NBC offered a tease of its 2017 holiday musical, the previously reported Bye Bye Birdie, starring pop singer Jennifer Lopez.
Watch the teaser below:
Lopez will sing the Charles Strouse/Lee Adams score, which includes “Spanish Rose” for her, and “Put on a Happy Face” for her yet-unnamed leading man. The musical satirizes an Elvis Presley-like pop star who tries to make one last splash before being drafted into the army. The musical ran a year and a half in its original 1960 Broadway engagement, which starred Chita Rivera and Dick Van Dyke. The 1963 movie version starred Van Dyke, Janet Leigh, and Ann-Margret. The show, which features a large cast of teens, has become a favorite of school groups.
Harvey Fierstein will adapt Michael Stewart’s libretto for the 2017 broadcast. Multiple Tony winner Fierstein also adapted and co-starred in Hairspray Live!
Lopez will also executive produce the Universal Television musical with her manager, Benny Medina, plus Nuyorican Productions’ Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas, Craig Zadan, and Neil Meron. No date for the broadcast has been announced.