The busy, busy, busy schedule of Jennifer Lopez has NBC pushing the musical from December into 2018. From The Hollywood Reporter:
NBC’s production of Bye Bye Birdie Live is on the move.
The network has pushed the live musical, starring and exec produced by Jennifer Lopez, from December to 2018, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
The delay is due to Lopez’s hectic schedule, which includes two other NBC projects: season three of her cop drama Shades of Blue and her upcoming dance competition series World of Dance, which she is judging in addition to exec producing.
On top of that, Lopez has her All I Have Las Vegas residency and is also working on a Spanish-language album.
The postponement makes this year the first since 2012 that NBC has been without a live musical production. The network started the December tradition in 2013 with The Sound of Music Live. Subsequent years saw Peter Pan Live, The Wiz Live and most recently Hairspray Live.
NBC, however, now has two live musicals set for 2018, with Jesus Christ Superstar Live already announced for Easter Sunday.
I wonder if the network will just skip the 2017-2018 season all together and schedule the production in December 2018? They’ve already got Jesus Christ Superstar scheduled for spring. Any other time of the year really doesn’t make sense.
Jlo is set to produce as well as star in the production.