Alicia Keys to Exec Produce Showtime Musical Drama

Alicia Keys will executive produce an untitled musical drama series on Showtime. Joining her in the exec producer ranks are Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (La La Land, Dear Evan Hansen,The Greatest Showman). Pasek and Paul will contribute music.

Produced by Fox 21 Television Studios, the project “traverses generations to tell an emotionally complex family story that interweaves modern-day and 1959 Detroit, centering on a mystery uncovered by a young musician who moves back to her childhood home,” in Showtime’s words.

Kyle Jarrow (TheSpongeBob Musical) will write and executive produce the series. Marc Platt (Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert), R.J. Cutler (Nashville)and Adam Siegel (Grease: Live!) will also executive produce.

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“We have always been intrigued by the prospect of doing a Showtime musical series, but only if the songs could add to the depth and complexity of a great character drama,” said Gary Levine, president of entertainment at Showtime. “Nobody does that better than Pasek and Paul and Marc Platt…so when they came to us along with a global superstar like Alicia, a talented writer like Kyle, and excellent producers like Adam and R.J., we were all in.”

Singer/producer Keys has won 15 Grammys. Her acting work includes The Secret Life of Bees, The Nanny Diaries and Empire. 

Michael Malone

Michael Malone, senior content producer at B+C/Multichannel News, covers network programming, including entertainment, news and sports on broadcast, cable and streaming; and local broadcast television. He hosts the podcasts Busted Pilot, about what’s new in television, and Series Business, a chat with the creator of a new program, and writes the column “The Watchman.” He joined B+C in 2005. His journalism has also appeared in The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Playboy and New York magazine.