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Last Updated: Thursday, 9 October, 2003, 17:15 GMT 18:15 UK
Elton 'to write musical TV drama'
Sir Elton John
The project will be "a soap opera with the emphasis on the opera"
Sir Elton John has signed up to work on an experimental American musical TV drama, according to reports.

Sir Elton and songwriting partner Bernie Taupin will compose material for the series Rhapsody for Fox TV's Net channel, Variety newspaper reported.

The show, described as "Moulin Rouge meets the Singing Detective", will also include many of Sir Elton's hits.

Producer Shaun Cassidy told Variety: "It's a soap opera with the emphasis on the opera."

He added: "There's a murder mystery and a power struggle and a big, grand love story.


"Elton and Bernie's catalogue is one of the most well-known in popular music history.

"At its heart, there are a lot of stories in there, and to be able to use those songs is a gift. The music will be a constant component of the show."

Fox development executive vice president Craig Erwich described Rhapsody as a "really intriguing tale of two families that's just loaded with story and emotion".

Sir Elton has previously won an Oscar for his film compositions, sharing a best song award with Sir Tim Rice for the song Can You Feel the Love Tonight from the Lion King.

The flamboyant star and long-standing musical collaborator Taupin have also had many songs on film soundtracks, including Rocket Man, Almost Famous and Moulin Rouge.

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