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Jennifer Lopez Gives Fans a Taste of What to Expect When She Stars in 'Bye Bye Birdie Live!' - Watch

by Jackie Willis 10:54 AM PDT, October 28, 2016
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Jennifer Lopez is bringing a Tony Award-winning musical to TV.

The triple-threat star is executive producing NBC's Bye Bye Birdie Live!, and will also be taking on the iconic role of Rose "Rosie" Alvarez.

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Lopez excitedly tweeted the news on Friday, along with a selfie video of her wearing the Snapchat flower crown filter and a cleavage-baring white top. "Woke up feeling very Rosie today," she says in a whisper.

“It was her idea to take on this classic singing and dancing role made famous by the legendary Chita Rivera, and we are so happy to oblige!" said NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt in a statement. "This show has delighted audiences for generations with classic songs that include ‘Put on a Happy Face’ and ‘A Lot of Livin’ to Do,’ and this will be an extravagant production built around this big star."

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Bye Bye Birdie is about a rock singer who travels to a small Ohio town to make his "farewell" television performance and kiss his biggest fan before he is drafted. Rosie is the assistant and sweetheart of Albert Peterson, who comes up with the publicity stunt.

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The play hit Broadway in 1960 and earned Dick Van Dyke a Tony for his role as Albert and Rivera a Tony nomination for her portrayal of Rosie. The play became a movie in 1963 and Van Dyke also starred in it alongside Janet Leigh.

It's going to be another busy year for Lopez. Earlier this month, it was revealed that the former American Idol judge has teamed up with her ex-husband, Marc Anthony, to make an all-Spanish album. Here are more details on the amicable exes' collaboration:

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