Showtime Taps Alicia Keys to Executive Produce New Music-Themed Drama Series

Benj Pasek, Justin Paul to create music for untitled drama series
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Showtime will partner with Grammy winning artist Alicia Keys on an untitled music-themed drama series, the network announced Wednesday.

Singer/Songwriter Alicia Keys 

Singer/Songwriter Alicia Keys 

The series -- to which Oscar, Grammy and Tony Award- winning duo Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (La La Land) will contribute original music -- will interweave events from modern-day and 1959 Detroit that center around a mystery uncovered by a young musician who moves back to her childhood home, said network officials.

Keys will serve as executive producer of the series along with Kyle Jarrow, Marc Platt, R.J. Cutler and Adam Siegel. Fox 21 Television Studios (Homeland, The Chi) will produce the series, according to Showtime.

“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 for Showtime Networks Inc. in a statement. “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.”

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