Elton John Joins 'Next Fall' Broadway Producing Team

Sir Elton John and David Furnish attend the 'Nowhere Boy' premiere at Eccles Center Theatre during the 2010 Sundance Film Festival on January 27, 2010 Sir Elton John and David Furnish attend the 'Nowhere Boy' premiere at Eccles Center Theatre during the 2010 Sundance Film Festival on January 27, 2010

Broadway’s latest trend — celebrity producers.

Elton John says he and his partner, David Furnish, have joined the producing team of “Next Fall,” the 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.

“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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