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Elton John, David Furnish, And 'True Blood' Creator Alan Ball Joining Forces On New HBO Show 'Virtuoso'

EltonDavidCalling all attractive, young musicians! Elton John, hubby David Furnish, and master of television Alan Ball want you to star in their (yes, their) upcoming HBO drama, Virtuoso. Set in 1790's Vienna at an elite music academy, the pilot episode of the new show will have this amazing gay trifecta backing it and they are currently seeking out stars.

Show Biz 411 reports:

The academy is run by our old friend from “Amadeus,” Mozart’s nemesis Antonio Salieri. There’s lots of music, ruffled shirts and sex of all kinds. There are probably a lot of candelabras set on ornate pianos, too. Knowing Ball, a whole universe will be set up for the musicians, the teachers, and the wealthy music patrons of Vienna. Sounds like there might be a lot of private recitals and lessons, as well...

The cable network is also in a deal now with Mick Jagger’s company for a series about rock music in the ’70s with “Boardwalk Empire” writer Terry Winter.

Sounds like fans of Ball and Winter's previous ventures have a lot to look forward to in the coming years. And perhaps Sir Elton will make a virtuosic piano appearance himself? One can only hope.

Will you be tuning in to Virtuoso? Sound off in the comments below!

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  1. Yes, I'll watch both shows, I love music-related stuff.

    Posted by: Henry Holland | Aug 7, 2014 10:45:32 AM

  2. No. No. No. And, please no!

    Posted by: Phoenix Justice | Aug 7, 2014 11:16:10 AM

  3. If it's good, of course I'll watch it. However, it sounds like it's in the early stages. They still have to make a pilot & those big names doesn't guarantee it'll get picked up.

    Posted by: Scar2 | Aug 7, 2014 11:54:00 AM

  4. Nope

    Posted by: Me | Aug 7, 2014 12:12:38 PM

  5. hope they videotape the auditions.

    Posted by: Cd in DC | Aug 7, 2014 12:20:09 PM

  6. I will. I hope that they don't have some backwater to film in to try to fool people that it's Vienna. There's no city like Vienna.

    Posted by: TomTallis | Aug 7, 2014 12:27:25 PM

  7. Points for originality! Further evidence that we're currently in the Golden Age of Television.

    Posted by: GMB | Aug 7, 2014 12:31:00 PM

  8. Maybe... depends on the acting, music, story lines and overall writing. If the writing is no good the show will be the same.

    Posted by: Mike Ryan | Aug 7, 2014 12:47:32 PM

  9. Not to be a jerk but what exactly is "amazing" about David Furnish?

    Posted by: chris | Aug 7, 2014 1:26:38 PM

  10. Glee goes Classical - that sounds like a hoot. I hope there'll be a role for Coach Sylvester.

    Posted by: hugo | Aug 7, 2014 1:33:35 PM

  11. Chris,

    David Furnish! David Furnish is amazing because he married well! Isn't that amazing enough! Why does he actually have to have amazing talent to be amazing??

    Now bow down like a good little peasant and kiss David's feet.

    Seriously tired of having to think that because someone is merely a relative of someone famous/talented we regular folks are supposed to be in awe.

    Posted by: Vic | Aug 7, 2014 1:34:16 PM

  12. If it's shot on location, I'll watch.

    Posted by: Perry | Aug 7, 2014 2:56:01 PM

  13. borrrring

    Posted by: jaker | Aug 7, 2014 4:12:20 PM

  14. Despite the Amadeus movie, in real life, Salieri was never Mozart's nemesis. He actually took great pride in Mozart.

    Posted by: unruly | Aug 7, 2014 5:39:37 PM

  15. I won't watch it as I don't want a single penny going to Elton John.

    Let's have a look at Elton John shall we?

    Repeated gigs to whites-only audiences in apartheid era South Africa - check.

    Wedding singer for hire for homophobic extremist Rush Limbaugh - check.

    Repeated gigs in fascist Russia for cash - check.

    No thanks.

    Posted by: MaryM | Aug 8, 2014 5:22:37 AM

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