NBC is saying farewell to Bye Bye Birdie — for the time being, at least.
The Peacock network announced on Thursday that its live, Jennifer Lopez-fronted production of the classic musical — which was slated to bow in December — has been pushed to 2018. Lopez’s busy schedule is apparently the culprit; the multi-hyphenate is already juggling her just-renewed drama Shades of Blue and her new summer reality show World of Dance (both on NBC), not to mention her Las Vegas residency.
In Bye Bye Birdie, Lopez is set to play Rosie, the role that earned Chita Rivera a Tony nomination during the original Broadway run. Harvey Fierstein is writing the teleplay adaptation.
NBC recently announced that it will stage a live version of Jesus Christ Superstar, to air Easter Sunday 2018.