Looks like there are even more reasons to head to Broadway this fall. After announcing her role as a producer for the upcoming Lydia R. Diamond play Stick Fly, starring Dulé Hill and Mekhi Phifer, Alicia Keys will now compose original music for the show. Except it's not a musical. A rep for the production explained that audiences "should expect original music in the style of Alicia Keys that is used to help propel Lydia’s story along." Director Kenny Leon used original compositions by Branford Marsalis in his revival of August Wilson's Fences last year, so we're hoping he can find an appropriate way to incorporate Keys' musical contribution. "As someone who walked up and down this boulevard as a young girl, I cannot describe the thrill of having the opportunity of composing songs for a Broadway show," Keys said in a statement. "I love the humor and humanity of Stick Fly, and I’m so excited to be a part of the emotional journey this show will take audiences on." Though it's likely serving as producer would be enough of an endorsement or draw for theatergoers who prefer their productions served with a side of A-list (see: Jay-Z, Will and Jada Pinkett Smith's producing credits for 2009 musical Fela!). Watch Keys speak about her involvement with the show below.


Center School students hop for Muscular Dystrophy Association

SouthtownStar (Chicago, IL) June 12, 2011 Students at Center School in Orland Park recently raised nearly $10,000 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association during its Hop-a-Thon event.

?ˆ?We raised a lot of money for a good cause, but what the children learned about disabilities and helping others was priceless,?ˆ? said principal, Susan Hofferica.

The family of Center School student Carter Schott, who has spinal muscular atrophy type II, raised another $10,000 for the organization, bringing the total amount raised to about $20,000. go to website muscular dystrophy association

?ˆ?We were so amazed by the stories of the total strangers and generous donations,?ˆ? said a spokesperson for the Schott family in a news release. ?ˆ?This reminded us of the good that is still out there in the world today.?ˆ? this web site muscular dystrophy association

Marcy Brandis, fundraising coordinator for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, helped organize the fundraiser.

?ˆ?Working with the school and the Schott Family put everything into perspective as to what it means to give,?ˆ™ Brandis said. ?ˆ?Whether it be your time, your money or your support, it is important to give in some capacity so that families living with neuromuscular diseases have hope.?ˆ?

The Muscular Dystrophy Association is a nonprofit organization dedicated to curing muscular dystrophy, ALS and related diseases by funding worldwide research.