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Alicia Keys to co-produce new Broadway comedy ‘Stick Fly’

Alicia Keys is the latest music star to back a Broadway production, according to a statement that producers issued Monday.

The 30-year-old singer-songwriter will co-produce the play “Stick Fly,” a comedy about an affluent black family that comes together for a weekend on Martha’s Vineyard.

“This is a story that everybody can relate to,” Keys said in a statement. “I’m passionate about this play because it is so beautifully written and portrays Black America in a way that we don’t often get to see in entertainment. I know it will touch all audiences, who will find a piece of themselves somewhere inside this house.”

It was not clear whether Keys, who has acted in films and television, would be part of the cast, which was not announced.

The play, by Lydia Diamond, will open Dec. 8 with previews scheduled to start in November.

Music stars have had mixed success on Broadway in recent years. Jay-Z was a producer for the successful “Fela!” Elton John wrote the music to the hit “Billy Elliot: The Musical” and produced the 2010 Tony-nominated play “Next Fall.”

U2’s Bono and the Edge, however, are struggling to make “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” a success after the music and elements of the show were panned by critics.

— Reuters



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