Power Couple Elton John & David Furnish Join Producing Team of Next Fall

News   Power Couple Elton John & David Furnish Join Producing Team of Next Fall
Elton John and David Furnish will be among the producers of Next Fall, Geoffrey Nauffts' new Broadway comedy-drama that explores questions of love, sexuality, religion and family.
Elton John and David Furnish
Elton John and David Furnish Photo by Aubrey Reuben

Sheryl Kaller directs the acclaimed American play, to open on Broadway March 11. Previews begin at the Helen Hayes Theatre on Feb. 16.

In a Feb. 1 statement, pop, film and theatre composer and singer John and his life partner, the producer David Furnish, said, "We are excited to join the team bringing Geoffrey Nauffts' extraordinary play to Broadway. 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. As we continue to collaborate together on the score for the new film 'Showstopper,' we are thrilled to extend our working relationship with Geoffrey Nauffts and Anthony Barrile to the stage."

Next Fall stars Patrick Breen as Adam, Maddie Corman as Holly, Sean Dugan as Brandon, Patrick Heusinger as Luke, Connie Ray as Arlene and Cotter Smith as Butch.

In addition to Elton John & David Furnish, the Next Fall producers include Barbara Manocherian, Richard Willis, Tom Smedes, Carole L. Haber/Chase Mishkin Ostar, Anthony Barille, Michael Palitz, Bob Boyett, Roy Furman in association with Naked Angels. James Spry is an associate producer and Susan Mindell is the executive producer.

The creative team for Next Fall includes Wilson Chin (set design), Jeff Croiter (lighting design), John Gromada (sound design) and Jess Goldstein (costume design). Next Fall had its world premiere in a Naked Angels production, opening to critical acclaim on June 3, 2009, at Off-Broadway's Peter Jay Sharp Theater. It played a sold-out run Off-Broadway, extending three times, and played through Aug. 8.

According to production notes, "Geoffrey Nauffts' Next Fall takes a witty and provocative look at faith, commitment and unconditional love. While the play's central story focuses on the five-year relationship between Adam and Luke, Next Fall goes beyond a typical love story. This timely and compelling new American play forces us all to examine what it means to 'believe' and what it might cost us not to."

Tickets are available by calling Telecharge.com at (212) 239-6200, (800) 432-7250 outside the NY metro area, online at Telecharge.com or in person at the Helen Hayes Theatre box office (240 West 44th Street). Tickets are $116.50 each.

For more information, visit www.NextFallBroadway.com.

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