Alicia Keys helping produce a Broadway play

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NEW YORK (AP) — Alicia Keys is following Jay-Z and Will Smith into the world of Broadway producers.

Keys, whose hits include “Fallin’” and “A Woman’s Worth,” will help produce the play “Stick Fly.”

The Lydia R. Diamond work is described as a contemporary comedy of manners revolving around an affluent black family. Keys says it’s a story that everyone can relate to.

The piece has been performed in Boston, Chicago and Washington, D.C. It begins performances at the Lyceum Theatre on 45th Street on Nov. 18 and officially opens Dec. 8.

Diamond, a playwriting professor at Boston University, adapted Toni Morrison’s “The Bluest Eye” for the stage and has written “Stage Black” and “The Gift Horse.”

In 2009, Jay-Z, Will Smith and wife Jada Pinkett Smith joined the producing team of the musical “Fela!”

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