Elton John to Help Produce "Next Fall"

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Elton John says he and his partner, David Furnish, have joined the producing team of "Next Fall," a Broadway-bound play by Geoffrey Nauffts.

"After fulfilling experiences bringing new musicals to the stage, it was seeing this inspiring and timely new work that attracted us to take on our first play," Elton and Furnish said Monday.

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"Next Fall" concerns the contentious relationship between two gay men and questions of faith and religion. It opens March 11 after a successful run last year off-Broadway.

Among the recent high-profile producers of Broadway shows are rap superstar Jay-Z, Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith. All three are involved in "Fela!"

Elton wrote the music for two of Broadway's current hit musicals, "Billy Elliot" and "The Lion King."
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