Sunday, April 9, 2017

Jennifer Lopez To Star In NBC's Live Musical "Bye Bye Birdie"

Jennifer Lopez will officially play the role of Rosie Alvarez in NBC's live musical adaptation of "Bye Bye Birdie".

Harvey Fierstein, who is working on the plot for the live show, is altering the plot a bit to make the play less "sexist and old-fashioned".

In the original 1960s musical, Albert (a songwriter) and Rosie (his secretary, portrayed by Jennifer Lopez) stage a publicity stunt for popular Conrad Birdie before he us drafted to the army.

 In an interview with "The Hollywood Reporter", Fierstein said: "I want to be true to the time it takes place but at the same time, having Rosie be Albert's secretary whom he's having an affair with is a little sexist and old-fashioned. I didn't see any reason for that", noting: "So I changed that. I made them both high school teachers...He's the English teacher who writes a song, and she's the music teacher who says: "I've got a great kid with a great voice".

"He ends up being Conrad Birdie, who's supposed to only take one summer off to promote the record but turns into a star. It's been eight years and Rosie just wants to go back to their real lives. It really makes a lot more sense that way," Harvey revealed.

There's a track titled "An English Teacher" in the musical that will be changed a bit, and several scenes and songs are set to be re-ordered to accomodate to being on live tv.

According to rumors, Nick Jonas is going to play the part of Conrad Birdie.

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