October 28, 2016

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Jennifer Lopez Lands Role in Live Musical 'Bye Bye Birdie'

Michael Becker/FOX via Getty Images
Michael Becker/FOX via Getty Images

Jennifer Lopez keeps rolling in the gigs. The Las Vegas residency master is now heading to 1958 with her latest role. She'll be starring in and producing NBC's live adaptation of Bye Bye Birdie.

According to E News, Lopez will be taking on the role of Rosie, who was played by Janet Leigh in the original film. Bye Bye Birdie is inspired by Elvis Presley being drafted in 1957, and tells the story of pop star Conrad Birdie heading off to the Army. Rosie is the wife of the pop star's manager, who is looking for a contest winner to send Birdie off with a kiss.

The musical adaptation, written by Harvey Fierstein, will go live in December 2017. In a statement, Lopez, who already stars in NBC's Shades of Blue, said:

"Broadway musicals and films fueled my childhood and Bye Bye Birdie was one of my favorites. 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."

Watch Lopez talk about her acting career with Fuse below:

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