Benj Pasek and Justin Paul Will Join Forces With Alicia Keys for New Showtime Musical Drama | Playbill

Film & TV News Benj Pasek and Justin Paul Will Join Forces With Alicia Keys for New Showtime Musical Drama SpongeBob SquarePants' Kyle Jarrow will pen the script.
Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, 2017
Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, 2017 Joseph Marzullo/WENN
Tony, Oscar, and Grammy winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (Dear Evan Hansen, La La Land) will compose the music for a currently untitled musical drama for Showtime.

Executive produced by multiple Grammy winner Alicia Keys, the Fox 21 Television Studios series will be written by Kyle Jarrow (SpongeBob SquarePants Musical), who will executive produce with Tony winner Marc Platt (Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert, The Band’s Visit, La La Land), Emmy winner R.J. Cutler (Nashville, American High), and Emmy winner Adam Siegel (Grease: Live!).

The project traverses generations to tell a 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.

“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,” stated Showtime Networks Inc. President of Entertainment Gary Levine. “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.” Whether Keys will appear in the series has not been announced.

Production Photos: Dear Evan Hansen on Broadway (2019)

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